No Gods Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
NG: We are death metal inspired thrash band.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
NG: We started jamming together when we were 14 & 15 year olds wearing 80s metal t-shirts and getting driven to shows by our parents. We began to get more serious as group and started writing songs under the name Panic. We released 2-3 demos as panic before deciding to change our name to No Gods in 2016. The name change coincided with a change in our motives as a band and overall change and focus in our sound. We decided to stray away from the strict thrash sound and incorporate styles from other extreme music we listen to like powerviolence, death metal, black metal, etc….Since then we’ve released one self-titled EP and a split EP with a local Grind band called Grieve, both under the Horror Pain Gore Death umbrella. More recently we just self released an eight song album called Paradise that is some of our most furious and unapologetically aggressive songs we’ve ever recorded. We’re a group that has kept evolving and becoming better then we were the day before and we plan on continuing to do so.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
NG: We have the usual suspects that have inspired us since the beginning, Slayer, Metallica, Led Zeppelin. Now days all four of us find influence in a wide range of music from groups like Powertrip, Baroness, and Code Orange to non-heavy groups like Chon, Godspeed You! Black Emperor! and Title Fight. Hip hop and some pop music in general is also something we listen to often as a band. All in all, we just love great music and we find inspiration in it all.
Non-musical influences are Arnold Schwarzenegger because that dude is an absolute stud.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
NG: We’re a group of friends who just love playing heavy music and enjoy constantly challenging each other to push our limits as musicians; the goal is to bring that energy to a larger stage literally and figuratively. We’d love to keep traveling and play our songs for as many people that will listen.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
NG: We all bring something to the table for every song honestly. As far as song topics, they vary but usually take a more dark approach on just the broad brush of humanity in general. Themes and allusions to nature usually will pop up in our writing too.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
NG: Obviously the internet is a game changing way to reach out to people and get them hearing about us. Using social media platforms has been really helpful to not just post about events but to actually reach out and talk to people whether they be promoters or people interested in our music. Along with that we still go to shows and make connections and promote ourselves that way too. We find a good combination of the two has worked for us.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
NG: Well if we’re talking streaming, it’s where music is now and we think it’s great especially for up and coming artists. It makes access to our music quicker and more convenient for sure. That said, some of us in the group still see the value of buying physicals; we think both have their value.
PD: What’s your outlook on the music industry
NG: We don’t really have many strong opinions on it. That said, the fact that young artists can gain a fanbase and viable success without the help of a label is a game changer.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Joey: John Mayer “Gravity” it’s just sonic and song writing genius.
Vin: Led Zeppelin “Fool in the rain” all of my drum influences is summed up by that song
Zack: Chet Baker “Time after time”
Richie: Deafheaven – Dreamhouse: It’s a modern day metal classic in my eyes. One of the most creative and raw pieces of music I’ve heard in the genre.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
NG: Just bands acting as if they’re too good for the people who they came up with once they tiniest inkling of fandom of success. That along with the fake persona people will put on for an image. Individually, we all have different opinions on a ton of issues but those are two music-related ones we all agree get on our nerves and feel are just toxic.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
NG: Our new album “Paradise”. It’s eight of our best songs to date. The time and effort we put into each moment writing and recording those songs and then to finally see that work in the world for others to listen to is for sure our proudest moment to date.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
NG: We’re playing our entirety of the new album during these couple next shows In the Pennsylvania area and like we just said, it’s some of our best work. You can say we bring the same aggression you hear in the songs, live. In other words, we make sure those who see us remember who we are.
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