Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
NT: We’re a hard rock band from London, banging out huge riffs and melodic choruses.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
NT: Night Thieves came to life in 2017, consisting of Jess (vocals), Paul (guitar) and Rick (bass). Rick and Jess played in a few bands together before and Paul joined forces for this band. We debuted with some gigs before focusing on solid tracks for the first EP Battle Cry, released in 2019. We then started working on our upcoming single and EP, then the pandemic hit. Fast forward… here we are!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
NT: We have tonnes of musical influences from different genres, to name a few: Incubus, Royal Blood and Biffy Clyro for their huge, catchy choruses, but we also love heavier bands such as Bring Me the Horizon, Architects and Spiritbox. Most of the inspiration for lyrics comes from our own shared experiences and perspectives from them.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
NT: Besides world domination? We would love to play at huge venues and festivals, that experience with everyone would be amazing.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
NT: We all contribute to songwriting and feel it makes our songs sound unique. Often one of us will start with the bare structure of the track and then send it round to the rest of the band remotely. We all contribute, chopping and changing the track. When we feel it is in good shape, we then jam it out in the studio to make sure it all fits together.
The themes are based on experiences and stories. The latest songs are based on the mind such as anxiety, internal struggles and beliefs that are topical at the moment.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
NT: We mainly promote our shows through our social media sites such as Instagram (https://instagram.com/nightthievesofficial), Twitter (https://twitter.com/nightthievesuk) and facebook (www.facebook.com/NightThievesOfficial) and also through our website (https://www.nightthieves.co.uk). Music websites like your’s and radio stations have also been a huge help in spreading our music to new audiences, so thank you for the support!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
NT: Being able to download music online legally is great, streaming seems to be the way to go for a lot of people nowadays. These platforms make it more accessible to find bands easily, so people can discover your music who may not have done otherwise. It’s a bit nostalgic but looking back it was really fun to go down to the local music store on Friday to get the latest releases. That said, we do often still visit record stores to browse for new music, there is still something great about having physical copies of albums and having the artwork along with it.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
NT: Rick: would have loved to have written something like ‘Everybody’s Fool’ by Evanescence, that song was huge and had such a catchy chorus. Maybe we should cover that one……
Jess: Mantra by Bring Me The Horizon. The lyrics are so well written along with the soundtrack, and the subject is provocative. The words perfectly describe the way cult movements work, that world is fascinating and surreal. Paired with the hooks, it’s just such a great song.
Paul: There’s a lot of songs I’d wish I’d written! Everlong by the Foo Fighters is definitely up there. It holds a lot of emotion and still gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
NT: In general, when people take up a whole aisle or pavement so you can’t pass, walking 0.01 miles an hour, or even just stop and stand… that is pretty frustrating. Though saying that thats usually us walking to practise or a gig when we are laden down with gear!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
NT: Completing our recent EP ‘Spiral’. We started work on this before COVID hit and during the pandemic we continued to work. Writing and recording this EP brought us together as a band and we are so happy with the result.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
NT: At the moment it is all go for the release of our new single ‘Off the Wire’ which will be available on 2ndJuly and then the release of our new EP ‘Spiral’ on 17th September.
After that we want to properly get out and play more gigs, we cant wait to get back on stage once venues open up and celebrate the new EP by playing the songs live.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
NT: Currently our debut EP ‘Battle Cry’ is available to buy or stream on all major services and so will our new EP Spiral after 17th September.
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