Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
R1: We sit in that space between hard rock and heavy metal.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
R1: Well it’s been a damn journey getting together the right guys for the band. Regional One started off a while back with some heavier influences and has now moved into the more melodic areas in hard rock/metal. All 4 of the members are from down on the South Coast of the UK, and learned their instruments separately, finally coming together recently through sheer luck and a shared love for the music we make.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
R1: Musically, some of our major influences include modern giants such as Avenged Sevenfold, Muse, Royal Blood, Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown, Trivium etc.. but we also share a love for our origins in artists such as Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Queen, Ozzy, and many more. We all have our own individual inspirations as well though, so we try and poke some of that into the mix where possible!
Our non-musical influences, especially surrounding lyrics, will often be from books and films, and weird titbits of history. A great influence for a lot of our heavier themes in songs such as Control and Rise stem from the Orwellian concepts written about in 1984 and Animal Farm.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
R1: We want to die old and happy having toured the world, shared our passion for original music, and headlined some absolutely awesome tours.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
R1: We write collectively in Regional One, often a theme or riff or groove will come from one of us individually, and then we all end up adding our flare to the track by the end of the writing process. Our songs are often quite anti-establishment and take roots in very Orwellian concepts, but are also very much a personal description of either an individual experience, or a character’s experience that we imagine living the very things we write about. Of course, we throw in some songs about sex & drugs too, to keep a healthy dose of rock and roll in our sound.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
R1: Our favourite way will of course be to speak to as many people as we can, party and get talking to real people face to face… but of course we also promote through social media and plug where we can online.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
R1: I think we are more traditional and prefer the CD/Vinyl experience, we often write our music with a particular order in mind for performance or for theme on a record, but then again, the ease of access with downloading music is unparalleled, so it’s great for fans of music!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
R1: Ooh tough question! Maybe Nightmare by Avenged Sevenfold, that song has some real energy and awesome melodies… but then again, imagine having written something like Bohemian Rhapsody, and getting to play that to stadiums in almost every country in the world…
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
R1: Well, we all collectively despise the fact that we can’t get out and play some live music right now! Other than that, I guess it’s the usual stuff… political unrest… riots… liars… dogs that bark really loudly at night time…
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
R1: So far there have got to be two main things really, we got our first radio number one with “Dead Silence” this year for one! Dead proud of that, it’s the best feeling in the world when you finally start seeing some tangible recognition for your creations.
The other thing has got to be our last headline show. Before lockdowns and the release of Dead Silence etc, we had an awesome show down in Bournemouth, with a busy room full of great people connecting with the music and having a great time… who went and sold us out of all our merch! Some awesome bands played with us that evening and we all got smashed afterwards with the fans at the bar, loved it!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
R1: Well, we’ve got some great new songs coming up, two music videos to be completed, one of which is animated! Right now, we have written about 20 new songs, so we are in the process of deciding what ones come next for us in terms of live performance and recording.
We have a new website under construction where people will be able to connect with us better, but that’s still under way for now. There is some other stuff going on behind the scenes also, which we are really excited about, but we won’t go into that until the last bits are tied up and ready to present to the world…
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
R1: We have 5 singles up online on Spotify at the moment, and some neat music videos to accompany them up on YouTube. We recommend a few favourites: “Dead Silence”, “Rise”, and “Chosen” for new listeners, to give them a good idea of what we are about!
Of course, please do feel free to check us out on all the usual platforms, we have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc, so please do come say Hello if you enjoy the music!