Sick Talk – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

ST: We try to be the kind of band that your average person can connect with. Not too much smoke and not too many mirrors. We want to be a band that people can hear and immediately connect with in the sense that they’re not the only ones that go through the motions day to day.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

ST: Well, we had all three been active in the Tampa/St Petersburg music scene for a while, playing in different bands around the area, as you do. Alex (guitar/vox) met Ryan (bass/vox) at a house show over in the historic district and overheard Alex saying he needed a bassist and a drummer for a new band. At the time, Ryan had just parted ways with his former band and, it was just a case of the universe working its magic. Ryan brought Gary (drums) into the picture, and before you know it we had started writing songs and playing shows as a full three piece team.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?


ST: We’re all into varying styles and things. Ryan’s super into bands like Against Me, Modern Baseball, Get Dead, and other big punk bands with a large political voice. Gary’s always putting us on to new bands, like Jank and Meatwound and other super cool bands. Alex just says PUP is the greatest band to ever exist and Joyce Manor is good too.

Outside of music, I think we all draw a lot of influence from our therapists. It sounds like a joke but, we’ve all got some demons and issues that we’re struggling to push through. Mental health is an important topic for us, and we really want to do our best to send out the message that we’re going through the motions too, and we’re just trying to give people going through similar feelings something that they can connect with. We get it! We’re here for you!!


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

ST: Well, our main goal is to blow up and act like we don’t know nobody (ha ha ha ha ha ha)


Seriously though, we’re just trying to leave a mark on the world while we’re here. We love playing our songs, we love playing shows, and we love meeting new fans and friends everywhere we get the chance. We’d really like to hit the road soon! We’ve got a few things in the works at home that we’ve gotta finish up first *cough cough* new music coming soon.

After that, we’re gonna pile into a little car and play anywhere that’ll have us! It’s all about growth, and we wanna grow as big as the world will let us!


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

ST: Our singer/guitarist Alex handles most of the songwriting. Lately, we’ve really been trying to switch things up and write some songs together as a team. It’s new territory for us, but we’re coming up with some pretty cool ideas and we’re really excited to get those out!

Our songs vary in a pretty broad range of topics. We’ve got a few fun ones about skateboarding (like our most recent release, “Spillway”) and a few about just good times and party stories and stuff. But, the overall theme of a lot of our newer songs are a lot more personal. A lot of the newer, unreleased stuff is really about dealing with depression and feelings of being trapped. We’ve got a song about when Alex used to sleep in his car. If there’s one thing that’s reoccurring in all of our songs, it’s the underlying theme of overcoming any obstacles that come our way. That’s what it’s all about, right? One foot in front of the other.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

ST: We’ve got a few different methods we’re trying out. The usual, flyers, stickers, merch. But, we mainly use our Instagram page to do the majority of our online promotion (@sicktalkband on ig!). Instagram is just the easiest way for us to connect with a larger audience, and still keep things personal and intimate. If you follow us on Instagram, you’re gonna see everything we’re doing as we’re doing it!

We also have an email list! For the people that sign up for our mailing list, we send out personalized messages, first looks at all our new merch runs, sneak peaks at unreleased tracks, and all that good stuff. We’re always trying to find new ways to get the word out about our band. Y’know, we’re even thinking about doing some cool interviews too…. 😉


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

ST: Downloading music online seems to have completely flipped the entire game upside down for DIY musicians. By that, I mean that things are way way WAY different than the days of people buying CDs and things like that. Streaming services are a wonderful tool for growing our fan base and reaching new ears, which is awesome! Sure, they should pay the artists more for their streams….But just like all the other DIY bands like us, we’ll find a way to make it work. That being said, we’re on bandcamp too if you wanna purchase our music directly from us!


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

ST: Well, if we’re being honest, we do a cover of “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys every now and again, and no matter where we are or what the crowd is like, everybody loses their minds over it (including us, ha ha). So, that would probably have to be the obvious choice for us as a group. What band wouldn’t wanna say they wrote a song that works in every room they play in?


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?


Other than that, yknow, we’re all really laid back dudes.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

ST: We’re really only just getting started, so it’s hard to say. We’re honestly just super stoked and proud to be included in our local music scene. If nothing else, our proudest moment was just being seen as equals in the eyes of the other local bands we really look up to. There’s something really cool happening in the Florida music scene, especially in the indie/DIY circuit. Just being near it while the scene is starting to blossom again, post the covid lockdowns, is amazing. Getting to be a part of it? Surreal.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

ST: There’s some really cool stuff lined up throughout the rest of the year that we’re really excited about. Since we’re still kind of new to playing with each other, we’ve been working really hard to find a sound we’re all happy with being represented by. We’ve been working with Nathan Doyle over at Voyager Recording on some new songs that really resonate with us, and really deliver the messages and ideals we’d like to send out into the world. It’s a little too early to say when it’s all going to come out exactly, but it’s safe to say that we’ll have quite a few new releases before the end of the Summer season.


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from? 

ST: We’re on all the streaming services! We only have two releases out on those, right now. There’s “Grab It and Go,” which was Alex’s freshman effort at getting a band off the ground.
We’ve decided to change gears stylistically since then, going for a sound that’s way broader and more impactful. But, we decided to keep it up as a nice little memento to the previous iteration of the band.

That being said, you’ll also find our newest single “Spillway” on all streaming platforms! “Spillway” is what we consider a little tease of the new style we’re aiming to achieve. Check it out, and if you like what you hear, then you’ll love what comes next!

Like we said before, we also have a bandcamp that we update pretty regularly. If you head over there, you’ll find a few solo tracks from Alex that you won’t find anywhere else. The link below will lead you to all the places you can check us out!

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