Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
RBR: RBR is at the minute a Solo project, but a live band is in the works and if all fits well it will become a full band.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
RBR: After years of being in various bands I decided in 2019 to leave my old band and think about what I wanted to do musically. I had played a lot of different styles of bands over the years from pop punk, ska, grunge, metal, punk rock and a bit indie, but always felt that when I wrote songs, they never ended up being the way I had in my head for various reasons. In 2020 I started to write again but as the world went into lock down, I realised that a full band would be impossible I decided that I was going to do it all, Drums, bass, guitars vocals etc. It was much a way to challenge myself musically as it was to finally create songs which were 100% my feeling and thoughts.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
RBR: Musically influences are massive, but some of my bands I always go back to are probably Rise Against, Strung Out, Everclear, Iron Chic, Alice in Chains, Wildhearts and probably Beatsteaks (a little German band but amazing and people should check them out)
Non-musical stuff, I read a bit mostly true crime, but TV wise if I get a chance, I watch a lot of Murder Mysteries and comedy stuff.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
RBR: Think my goals are just to get music that means something to me out in the world either live or recorded and the dream is just to connect to people and hope people find something in the songs that means something to them or if they just end up jumping around like a crazy person cause it makes them move.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
RBR: All the songs have been written by me (Stesh), each song is something personal about me at the time of writing whether it is “Burning Taste of Pills” which is how my head felt when trying to cope with being in lockdown and being on Anti D tablets, to “zombie Eyes” which is about watching my wife play the game state of decay for hours a day. Each song has a meaning to me.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
RBR: At the minute I’m promoting as much as possible on usual social media places, but I’ve just started working with a great PR company Rogue to get a wider audience.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
RBR: Have no issue with downloading, think at an early-stage bands need to realise its better to get an audience and if it means spreading music digitally that could only be a good thing. If you get people liking your music, then hopefully they might buy the CD or T-shirt as something to hold rather than just a digital file.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
RBR: Good one. I think if there is any song ever I wish I had written it would probably would have been Everlong by Foo Fighters its probably to me one of the most perfectly written songs, emotional, catchy, and makes me sing along, but to me after the second album I think the foos lost that raw feel and got a but too polished.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
RBR: People being indecisive and people not listening to ideas or other peoples thoughts.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
RBR: Playing Camden Rocks Festival or playing Thirsk back in the day when they had a punk scene, the band I was in had quite a following there after 1 gig and on the second gig I was in aww that while playing I realised that 120 people were singing our songs with us, so I stopped singing and turned the mic to the audience for the whole song and let them sing it was a really big moment for me that I knew I had written something that people loved.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
RBR: Well there is an EP available at the minute at
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