PALACES – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
All live photography by Olga Herndon first3songs.com
PD: What type of artist are you?
Eric: Rock musician. Punk, Metal, Hardcore, Noise.
Jeremy: A loud, heavy goddamn band.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Jeremy: We’ve been a band in two stages. Version 1.0 was 2010-2014. Version 2.0 is 2015-now.The band you hear on Tarnish is not the same band you’ll hear on “Hellas Chasma”.
Eric. Yeah, we had a different bassist for Version 1.0. When you’re only a 3 piece band, changing one member completely changes the musical DNA. That said we still have the same goals as we have since the beginning. And that is to play fast, heavy, a little twisted, and sincere music.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Eric: Musically there are so many. To name a few: Ian Mackaye, Kurt Ballou, Cobain, Michael Gira, Non-musical I’d say Wes Anderson, Nicolas Refn, Speilberg, Miyazaki.
Jeremy: Musically, I like to emulate the shapeshifters and boundary pushers, like Mike Patton and Greg Puciato. I take a lot of influence from sport stories, specifically soccer. If you don’t know him, look up Brian Clough. A no nonsense kind of guy who imprinted a version all his own upon the great game. I see similarities between guys like Patton and Clough, and I’m all the more better for taking a few cues from them.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Eric: Short term: Get this new record out. It’s been in the works for a while now and it’ll be nice to finally have it out. Long term: To be healthy and free from struggle. I’d also like to perfect the art of making sandwiches and cocktails.
Jeremy: Live on the fjords of Norway and talk about the good old days with guys named Pelle or Lars while my wife is studying for indigenous rights in Tromso. Or buy an adobe house in Las Cruces.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Jeremy: We write them together. It starts with the small things, one riff, note, beat and tends to morph into some collective understanding and agreement. The topics are broad and simple all at once; the toils of your work, the agony in the streets, the epidemic that is poverty, and the little things in life that push and push on a person until they snap or get sent to the nuthouse. Broad and simple.
Eric: Personally, I’m always messing around with riffs at home. Putting different things together and trying different arrangements. Once something starts resembling a song we’ll jam on it and decorate it. Wax on Wax off.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Eric: Mostly Facebook/Instagram.
Jeremy: Well, the internet has made things kind of a one way street, but I still enjoy flyering around the parts of town with venues.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Jeremy: The 90‘s ruled. The Internet killed the rock star. Having said that, if you felt the need to create it and put it out there, it’s no longer yours.
Eric: I love it personally. It’s an amazing convenience. I have my system set so that whenever I download music to my computer, it automatically uploads to the cloud service. I can literally download something and a minute later take my phone to the car and listen to it. That’s pretty amazing. Never thought I’d see that back in the 90’s.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Eric: Del Shannon – Runaway. It’s sad and I’m a sucker for sad shit. Plus that keyboard solo is tits. Or Street Spirit by Radiohead. That picking pattern/progression is also tits.
Jeremy: Shit, what a question. I’ll go “Apocalypso” by Mew or “War” by Meshuggah. Mew-shuggah.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Eric: When somebody stops the microwave with 2 seconds left and leaves it. I fucking can’t stand it. Haha. Also, dirty kitchen sinks. Oh, and people who slow down when the light is green in anticipation of the light turning red. WTF are you doing?!
Jeremy: I only have one. If I live next door to you, please don’t rev your engines at 1 am. It’s only annoying.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Eric: I’m just happy to be able to create this stuff.
Jeremy: I know JB’s… 🙂
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Jeremy: Gearing up for the album’s release and hoping that people find it as fulfilling to hear and we found it to create.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Jeremy:Our 2012 debut Tarnish is available and “Hellas Chasma” will be as well on September 18th. www.palaces.bandcamp.com