Interview with Lee Heir (v) from Prime and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artists are Prime?
LH: We are a bunch of guys who play no-nonsense guitar music.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourselves?
LH: We have been a live band since 2015, Kieran Hill (guitar) joined in 2016, and James Alick (drums) joined late last year.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
LH: Legends like Lou Reed, Bowie, Queen and The Clash are high up for us, as well as lots of newer guitar music. Non-musical, for me I’d say filmmakers like John Cassavettes, Stanley Kubrick, Eric Rohmer and Werner Herzog, for their uncompromising style… and of course, my parents, in their own way.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
LH: Get rich… quick!
PD: Who writes your songs, and what are they about?
LH: We all contribute to the music, but I am the main lyric writer. Kieran and James will come up with some hard hitting music in whatever they do, so lyrically I have to have a dramatic, big, edgy vibe. I take my real-life experiences about what I do and see and I turn the dial up to 11. One of the newer songs we’ve written, ‘Let It Lie’, has a line in it: “Dreaming of the time when we used to cry / So many things that we’d like to try” … and also has one of my favourite lines “Dreaming of the time when you supported me / Dreaming of the time when you reported me”, which always gives me a laugh.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
LH: We still have the basic DIY ethics to our social media and promotion, although over the last couple of years we’ve had assistance from a couple of different booking agents, and I work closely with a really cool woman called Rebecca Singer who has a bunch of bands under an umbrella called Top Up Music Management and I also assist back when it comes to shows in the Midlands, as I work with a few venues.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
LH: I don’t think many people do, do they? They seem to stream more these days.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
LH: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’… because I’d be loaded!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
LH: People that go back on a deal, rip-off people. And sweetcorn… what is the point?
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
LH: Being here still doing it, and still getting a kick out of it.
PD: So, what is Prime working on at the moment?
LH: We are adding more material into our set, including a few selective covers. Then once we’re happy with the live situation, we want to get into the studio and lay down some cracking new tracks that we’ve got, as it’s been a while.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there…
LH: We have gigs coming up this month in Sheffield, Manchester, London and on the outskirts of Nottingham. The first three are with a guy called Rodney Bakerr, aka Strange Circuits, he was very influential in the post-punk and house scenes, and is superb live… and so are we of course! So grab a ticket.
Band location – Nottingham England
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