Shellshock Lullaby Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: PETE DEVINE
RN: RUSSELL NELSON
HS: HANNAH SKILES
PD: What type of artist are you?
RN: I kind of take pride in the fact that we’re a little more refined. Andrew and myself are both classically trained in our respective instruments, and Hannah’s been playing from a very young age herself. Despite this, I feel like we really kind of let our hair down in the live setting, and I definitely believe that’s why people may like us.
PD. Tell us the brief history of the band.
RN: Shellshock Lullaby has been a band for 8 years although we’re on our second year with this current line up. We started back 2011 with our first EP, “Finding our Way,” ‘recorded in Fourth Ave. Studios in Great Falls, MT. After 4 more EP’s (“Shellshock Lullaby,” “Shades of Grey,” and “A Lighter Shade”) and many line up changes, we’ve recently released our latest EP, “Static Noise.” Here is our latest single from the EP, “No Tomorow.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XVpx5abYgI
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
RN: Claudio Sanchez, Eddie Van Halen, Johnny Rzeznik, Dave Martone, Dale Turner, Napoleon Hill, and John Stamos.
HS: As far as bassists go, Chris Wolstenholme is a name that sticks out exponentially. His style and professionalism are things I strongly look up to when it comes to my own practice. Jonny Greenwood, Siouxsie Sioux, and Billie Joe Armstrong are a few others that continuously inspire me as well, both as songwriters and as individuals. As far as non-musicians go, EASILY Jim Carey.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
RN: I want to make Shellshock Lullaby an international touring act. I’d also love to tour and work with my favorite bands like Coheed and Cambria, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Greenday.
HS: First and foremost, I’m fighting tooth and nail to make sure Shellshock takes over the world. In five years, I’d like to be able to say we’re signed, have a sizable fanbase, touring with other major acts/playing festivals, and more-or-less say music is our full-time job. I’m a professional photographer when I’m not doing music, so I just want to continue to grow in that respect, continue learning and fine-tuning the craft.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
RN: We kind of have a nice sort of assembly line for writing, so to speak. I can usually whip out the instrumentation and song bed, then I sit down with Hannah and let her loose on the lyrics and melody. Our friend Greg Haberek is on call for songwriting too, since we’ve written so many great songs together. We try to stay central to positive themes. Like, we want to write songs that people listen to and feel good. Especially in our genre, it’s easy to get sucked into a lot of melancholy and anger, and life’s full of those things! I think we’d just rather provide a selection of music that isn’t spearheading what’s traditional of “emo” music.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
HS: I’m a little nutty about visuals and aesthetics, I won’t lie. I mean, we work like hell to advertise, market ourselves in a certain way, have our street team help spread the word about our upcoming shows and news in general. But what I feel really ties things together nicely is having consistent visuals and stylistic choices when promoting. When people think of SSL, a certain sort of vibe comes to mind, and that definitely comes from both our music and how we market ourselves.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
RN: A blessing for sure. All of the music in the world is so accessible and available whenever you want it, which is beautiful! I’ve discovered so many amazing bands and artists online just by stumbling upon them on streaming sites or other medium. I mean, this is the channel where people are 100% going to most hear us.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
RN: “Black Balloon” – Goo Goo Dolls. Its been such a long tune favorite, and its the caliber of song we aim for in Shellshock Lullaby in my opinion.
HS: I’m honestly pissed I didn’t have a hand in “Creep” – Radiohead, overrated or not.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
RN: I hate the saying, “Same shit different day” or any saying like it. A saying like that immediately puts everyone, including whoever said it, in a worse mood; and it suggests that today and everyday to come is going to be shitty. I don’t like to think like that because if you think it will be a bad day from the start, it most likely will be.
HS: Those dudes at our shows that ask me, “You must be the merch girl! Oh, no? So your boyfriend is in the band then, right? No? Well what are you doing here???”. Boy, sit down.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
RN: It was definitely our release party for “Static Noise” at the Covellite Theater in our home town, Butte, Montana. It was so awesome to see so many of our friends, family, and fans there to support us.
HS: Such a weird moment, but seeing a mosh pit go down for our cover of “Africa” – Toto nearly brought a tear to my eye.
PD. So what are you working on at the moment?
RN: Promoting like crazy, preparing for our tour at the end of the month, trying not to go crazy.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
HS: Well, you guys are probably going to Warped Tour anyways, so if you’re trekking to Vegas, SLC, or Denver, make sure you catch our acoustic set at the New Music Discovery tent! Seattle/Portland area, we’ll be there to rock your pants off mid-July. We’ve got all the juicy details on Shellshock Lullaby’s Facebook!
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