Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
MU: Pardon The Rope’s Story:
Life handed us both a shit deck. We fell, we got dirty, we got up and we repeated that process, several times. Seeing the worst the world had to offer on a daily basis, left us both bitter and angry. The music we make, if you could call it such, is our manifestation of that anger. It physically and mentally assaults anyone unfortunate enough to listen to it. Its’ got no rhyme or genre. Each track is as follows, one fractured piece of our own raw emotion come to life.”
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
MU: Mr. Unlucky is originally from Manheim, PA. I started making music in grad school, back then it was EDM, darker EDM. As I graduated, I wasn’t finding employment and I started going heavily into music to cope. I started screaming about three years ago, watching as many tech videos as possible and now have multiple lessons scheduled with vocal coaches. The Mr. Unlucky mask was born to make me feel more comfortable screaming in the beginning. Let’s be real, who hasn’t dealt with hate in this genre?
Rooster was born in Pennsylvania, but currently resides in Florida. We both met during one of the darkest times of Mr. Unlucky’s life and a beautifully heinous friendship was formed from that encounter. Pardon The Rope’s lyrics are primarily written by Rooster from life experiences and during extremely dark times. He also is the back up vocalist for Pardon The Rope.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
MU: Pardon The Rope’s/Mr. Unlucky’s sound is inspired by nu-metal and industrial metal bands of the 90’s, while incorporating modern elements from the deathcore, metalcore and hardcore scenes. It is intended for fans of bands such as Slipknot, System of a Down, Darko US, and Nine Inch Nails. We also like to incorporate aspects of rather controversial topics in our writing to give commentary to these things.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
MU: We would love to release a couple EP/LP’s long run and possibly tour long run with material written in the near future. We still need to finish our official recruitment of contributing band members, rather than collaborative instrumentalists. AFMA and Hollow however were just experimental primers for the brutality to come!
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
MU: When our first single, AFMA (Sierra) was released it was played on two radio stations and picked up for a stunning vocal analysis!
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
MU: Impossible some days. It’s a deluge of social media bullshit. Constant checking of messages, liking videos, dealing with trolls, it comes with the turf. It’s nice to have promoting agents and some rather loyal devoted fans that help out.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
MU: We aren’t that far along yet. Don’t plan on us touring any time soon. But do expect many genre bending collaborations in the near future.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
MU: We love the idea, hate the capitalist aspect. Spotify and other platforms make astronomically more money compared to the artist. For us, it’s about getting our music out to the masses. We sleep at night knowing we don’t use this as our sole income.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
MU: Solitaire/Unraveling by Mushroomhead. The song just really hits everything we love about numetal of the early 2000’s. That isolated and angry feeling, the song just captures that within its riddles.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
MU: The level of trolling of emerging and upcoming artists. The platforms really need to step in and crack down on the fake accounts used to be keyboard warriors. I see it amongst my musician circle, it really kills morale for some.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
MU: We are working on a collaboration with a band known as Blank Slate. All I can say is the title of our song, Psycho Idol. I think you can infer what topic the song is going to cover.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
MU: Follow us on our socials, Instagram for the daily content: Mr. Unlucky. We don’t do twitter or Facebook as of now. You can purchase our music on Bandcamp and Apple Music if you’d like to help support our journey. Our Linktree also has a donation link for the truly bold!