Interview with James Neddow, drummer of SCREW and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (https://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
JN: We (Brendan and James) are two lifelong friends that have always loved playing and creating music together. We’re fairly calm in a one-on-one conversation, but we’re a little psychotic when we perform. I hope it’s at least entertaining if not disturbing for people to see us live.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
JN: We’re from the great white north, Calgary Alberta. Brendan’s played guitar for God knows how long, and I’ve been playing drums since I was 11.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
JN: Some of our influences include Queens of The Stone Age, ’68, My Ticket Home, Lightning Bolt, Big Business, Death From Above 1979, Clown Core. We tend to write about whatever topics we’re interested in at the moment, whether that’s something philosophical, political or just funny.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
JN: To push ourselves out of our comfort zone with each song we write by trying new things and pushing our medium forward. Ultimately we want to have a good time playing music and hopefully we can entertain people in the process.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
JN: So far it’s just seeing people’s reaction to what we’ve created thus far, seems like people genuinely enjoy our sound.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
JN: It’s going great, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by how many people are listening to our music already. We’re very eager to put out more content to continue engaging with our audience.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
In the past I’ve always reached out to venues through social media/phone calls, seems to work fairly well. We’re heading into the studio to start recording in October, so after that we’re planning to start playing shows.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
JN: I dislike the fact that artists aren’t always fairly compensated for their work, but I also would be a bit of a hypocrite saying that since I use Spotify all the time.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
JN: Personally, I wish I wrote “Song for The Dead by Queens of The Stone Age”. The drums in that song are amazing fast and heavy, the guitar is beautifully harsh and crunchy, and the dynamics of the song are just incredible.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
JN: I don’t think I know enough about it yet to say there’s something I don’t like about it. I’m sure I’ll find something down the road. I’ll try to remember to let you know once I find it.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
JN: We’re currently gearing up to head into the studio again to record our first EP, it should be out to the public sometime in November 2023.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
JN: Thanks for the interview! You can check us out through these links: