Of Concrete Gods – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Nik – We’re very much an old school garage band. We like to plug and play with minimal fuss, and crank out whatever riffs make us happy
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Nik – Most of us knew each other in one form or another. Boulder & I have been in a couple of bands together, and he’s been in bands with Paul, so we started jamming together. Paul then brought in Simon from his other band, and I brought in Rich from a previous band we were in. It’s quite incestuous.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Nik – Musical, we’re mainly all about 90s grunge, 80s NWOBM & thrash, and as much stoner/desert rock as we can get our ears round.
Non musical, we’re all about WW2 fighter pilots and good whiskey.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Nik – Nothing big. Being able to continue to play bigger and better gigs, getting to connect with as many people in the audience as possible, and having a good time while we’re doing it.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Nik – the music always comes first, and that tends to be riffs brought in by Boulder or Simon which we’ll jam to death. Once the music really starts to take shape, I’ll bring lyrics to the table based on the feel of it.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Nik – Primarily through social media and word of mouth. Covid hit at a point where we were just starting up gigging in earnest, so we’re looking forward to covid being out of the way and getting back on it.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Nik – Legally? I can see why bigger bands it’s been frustrating, but for smaller bands it opens up audiences and allows for faster and bigger connections.
Illegally? It doesn’t seem to be something worth doing any more, as there are so many easily affordable legals ways to get on board.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Nik – We can all agree on “One” by Metallica, because it manages to balance heaviness with beauty in a way that nothing else they made does.
We’re also all massive fans of “Nutshell” by Alice in Chains, because it’s so simple, yet packs such an emotional punch
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Nik – It’s a contentious subject, but bands who don’t give the rest of the bill the time of day. We’re firm believers that if you’re on a bill, you should make an effort to check out the rest of the bands playing.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Nik – We’ve all been knocking around in various bands for a couple of decades, but we’re all in agreement that the making of “Obsidian” is the best thing we’ve been involved with. Not just the writing, but the recording process with Tim at Signal House was an absolute joy. We’re very much looking forward to getting back in there and getting more tracks down.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Nik – Our intent for a while has been to get an album recorded, one side heavy and one side acoustic. We’ve been taking advantage of the covid lockdown here in the UK to work on acoustic ideas and flesh out that side of the album.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Nik – “Obsidian” is our debut single, so when it launches on 12th June you’ll be able to get hold of it from all digital outlets. We’ll make sure to follow up with new materal as soon as we can get back in the studio.