Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
SBR: That’s open to interpretation from the listener.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
SBR: We’ve been going for a few years now. There were a few bands in our local area that split up around the same time and we became an amalgamation of 3 of them. The line-up has chopped and changed over the years as we’ve grown as a band and put ourselves out there. We picked up Naz and Scott over lockdown and it’s really solidified the line-up which has meant we’ve been able to push the band a lot further than we have previously.
We recorded our last EP with Toby Jepson (Little Angels/Wayward Sons), which was an amazing experience. We released the EP the week before the first lockdown so we couldn’t really support it live the way we would have liked. We’re making up for that now. We recorded the new singles with Matt Ellis and we are really excited to get the new songs out there.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
SBR: Musical influences are Guns ‘n’ Roses, Deftones, Foo Fighters, The Clash, Helmet, and Danko Jones to name a few. We don’t close ourselves off to the music around us. I think to grow as a band you need to be constantly listening to new and exciting things. There’s so much good music out there it would be negligent of us to close ourselves off to it.
Non-musical influences for me are Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, John Carpenter, Sam Raimi. I’m a bit of a horror/comic geek
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
SBR: It’s always been to be in a band and get to play in front of people. I mean, we’d love to play Download or Bloodstock but we’re excited to play anywhere. The last year we’ve managed to play loads of places we haven’t played before and met so many incredible people. If I could do that forever I would be a very happy man.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
SBR: Andy and I write the words to our songs. We all have a hand in the creation of the music. We sing about dark subjects and dark places you go to within yourself, but we always want to portray it in a positive way. Finding a way out or finding hoping in the darkest parts of your mind
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
SBR: We mainly promote the shows online, through social media and our website. Although you constantly have to fight the algorithms it seems to be the best way to get your music out there. I mean, we still flyer and put posters up in the areas we’re going to play but it seems to be a really good way to reach the most people.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
SBR: It depends if you mean someone buying it or downloading it illegally. Obviously, music costs money to make, so we’re thankful of the people who take the time to check us out and buy the songs. With Spotify and other streaming platforms, I don’t really think piracy is that big a thing anymore.
I mean… I love physical media and having something in my hand but the ability to stream music has been a real game changer for bands. The number of people who have seen that we’re playing a show in their local area, then checked us out online, liked us and came to the show is massive. It’s a phenomenal marketing tool for bands
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
SBR: There are so many amazing songs I wish I’d been part of. I’d probably go for “Carry on wayward son” by Kansas. As soon as that vocal line starts you just see the dance floor at any rock club fill. When that guitar line kicks in. Oooft. Just a phenomenal track.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
SBR: Venues that chuck you out the moment you’ve come off the stage. We like to hang out with people after the gig so when you come of stage you want to take a moment to let them know how much you appreciate them taking time out of their lives to come and see you. So when everyone is railroaded out the venue cause they have a club night starting at 11 it’s a pain in the ass.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
SBR: This keeps changing every time we hit the stage. As people are starting to learn our songs and starting to join in it fills you with this deep sense of pride. So far, I’d have to say supporting Wayward Sons in Wolverhampton was massive for us as we’d recorded with Toby and he’d asked to come play. The crowd reaction was huge and we got to chat to so many people after the show.
I’d also like to mention last year’s Winter Rocks, that was the gig where it felt like we’d arrived. It was the end of a small tour and when we got there it was rammed for us. Completely blew me away.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
SBR: We’re about to go on tour with Kickin’ Valentina in the UK where we finish up at Call of the Wild festival. We have our new single coming out on the 13th May, Rise and Fall. As the year progresses we;’ll be travelling all over the country playing shows, releasing new singles leading up to an album next year.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
SBR: Our EP take back tomorrow is available to stream from all the regular streaming sites. You can get the CD from our website sheburnsred.com. Our new single “Rise and Fall” will be out on May 13th from all streaming sites.
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