Never Gonna Make It – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
NGMI: We are a high energy, lighthearted, pop-punk band from the Boston area.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
NGMI: It all started back in the fall of 2015, in the basement of a house in Lowell, Massachusetts. There Chris, Grant, and Ben wrote most of our first two songs. Then, we decided that we needed a drummer. So, Ben brought in the drummer from one of his old bands, Steve. The four of us fleshed out a few more songs, and when we were ready, we booked a recording session at a local studio. One of the songs we wrote featured Tim as a guest vocalist. The chemistry between us in-studio was so strong, Tim was invited to join the band. All five of us have been writing new material ever since, including our debut album, “Don’t Quit Your Day Job”.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
NGMI: While we were writing the album, we set out to forge our own sound while drawing upon bands such as Green Day, The Wonder Years, and Fall Out Boy. As for non-musical influences, Macaulay Culkin, Lightning McQueen, and Bob Ross and his happy little trees all were very important to this band.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
NGMI: To not live up to our name.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
NGMI: We all pitch in when we write songs. Someone will usually come to rehearsal with a few riffs or a verse or something and then we all just jam it out until it becomes a fully formed song. Thematically, the lyrical content varies from songs about love and heartbreak to songs about growing up and losing who you once were.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
NGMI: We have a facebook page that we use to announce our shows and talk to our fans!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
NGMI: Downloading music online is one of the most convenient ways for a lot of people to buy music these days, but we also have a surprising amount of people still asking for physical CDs as well.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
NGMI: All Star by Smash Mouth because it’s the greatest song ever written, uncontested. We should all be so lucky to live in a time where we can be graced by the blinding, pure light that is All Star by Smash Mouth.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
NGMI: Boston traffic, and people wasting pizza.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
NGMI: Our proudest moment is probably releasing our first and most recent album, “Don’t Quit Your Day Job”.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
NGMI: We are working on a couple different projects in the next couple months. We are also playing more shows around Boston soon to promote the album!
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
NGMI: Our next show is with Classic Ruins and Far Above the Ground at New World Tavern in Plymouth, Mass. Both of those bands are really talented and have a lot of energy, so it should be a really great show from start to finish!