Shout At The Robots – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
SATR: Questionable at best. Are we more Monet or cave-man? Are we not men? We’re smart enough to know how dumb we are, fairly average, weird guys striving to be something better.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
SATR: Formed out of that classic small town American teenage desire to get out of (insert escapist idea here) even if it means hiding in a basement to make a musical world out of kind of melodic noises. Except we’re all semi-functioning adults with responsibilities and such. So our history is an ongoing struggle of fun. Like professional wrestling.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
SATR: That’s tough to speak to as a group because our influences are ridiculously varied. Our bassist Jon likes to say we sound like a mixture of Fugazi and Pavement. Which gives you something of an idea of our sound/attitudes/ethics etc. That’s definitely not the whole picture but it gets you there.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
SATR: To do better. Write as many songs and play as many venues as we can till our limbs fall off. To neither burn out or fade away. To one day have a Mexican dish or cocktail of some kind named after us.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
SATR: We all write the music together, in some way or another. Julian writes most of the words. The songs are about hope in the face of boredom, how we cope with things that are hard to cope with, driving for long stretches and night eating weird highway rest stop food, identity, toxic masculinity. You name it.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
SATR: Not as well as we should. None of us are very good at selling ourselves but we try. Our goal in most things as a band is to just be open and authentic so that extends to our “brand” as well. We like the idea of approaching things as if we still lived in a pre-internet music industry because that’s an approach people often forget about these days.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
SATR: That Pandoras box has been open for a looonnnnngggg time now and nobody wants to be Lars Ulrich. To quote the great Jack Terricloth, sound wants to be free!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
SATR: Wouldn’t It Be Nice? blows me away no matter how many times I listen to it. I guess that’s a pretty typical answer but it’s true. Everything about the way that song is constructed is perfect.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
SATR: People that don’t use their turn signal. Bigotry.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
SATR: Sticking together. We can be kind of dysfunctional sometimes, and a lot of bands we admire have broken up in our tenure, so we’re proud of lasting this long (and hopefully for much longer)
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
SATR: New songs for a few EPs and possibly a split. Getting a tour together. New merch. A little bit of everything really.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
SATR: As of this writing we have one tomorrow supporting our good friends Floodlands for their debut. In May we’ll be playing a show with the guy who played the first Jason Vorhees in Friday the 13th (Ari Lehman/First Jason) along with The Jasons. We’ll be doing that set as The Misfits. There’s more before and after but all of them will involve wonderful, weird times.
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