Sidelines – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
S: We bounce between Post Hardcore and Metalcore. All you need to know is we’re loud and proud about our feelings and breakdowns.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
S: The band formed in 2015 in South East London. It came together after Joshua & Kiran started living with each other and wanted to make music together after some failed previous projects. They quickly picked up Fraser to take up drum duties and the three have been musically inseparable since. Even when Joshua moved up to Scotland, members of other positions coming and going, the band have persisted and love the music and fan base they have created.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
S: It’s a fine line between inspiration and imitation so we tend to stay away from the line altogether and just be ourselves. Our favourite bands are obviously huge inspirations, but also bands like Conjurer, Counterparts, Knocked Loose, Architects, Being As An Ocean all affect our sound.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
S: We’d love to play with the bands we love, in the venues we love, in front of the people we love! It’s all about live shows to us which is obviously extremely hard to do in the current state of the world, but there is nothing better than seeing someone screaming every word back to you, or not being able to hear yourself over the sound of a room singing along.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
S: We all have a hand in writing the music but Joshua handles all the lyrics, the topics are varied but all tend to come from a very vulnerable personal place. We talk about mental health, politics, religion, all the big heavy stuff. Mental health is probably the most common subject.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
S: We do whatever we can, talk about the shows, post them on our social media. If it’s a particularly big show we’ll try and get posters and flyers out there. We’re always looking for new ways to promote ourselves but nothing beats good word of mouth, just your friends talking to their friends who then talk to their friends etc.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
S: It’s great! It’s forced the industry to change but it’s also helped people find new music and fall in love with bands they’d never even have heard of without the ability to stream or download music online. There is something to be said about the lost experience of going to a record store and talking to the employees about new music or just diving into a bin of assorted random records to find a hidden gem, but overall it’s been a positive thing for music and music listeners that your new favourite song could just be a click away.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
S: Oh that’s easy, It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door by Underoath. The bridge choir vocals never fail to give me chills. I remember seeing them perform it live and the whole room had an atmosphere of awe, it was life affirming.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
S: In music my biggest pet peeve is when bands go back to the chorus after the bridge, I feel like it’s the most boring thing you can do and I much prefer it when you expand on new musical ideas in an outro. In life, loud eaters.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
S: Our sold out EP release show was a huge moment of pride, but our first ever headline show is probably the moment I was most proud of. Seeing so many people with Sidelines merch on and just enjoying themselves to our music is a moment I will take to my grave.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
S: We’ve got a new song coming out next month on the 4th of September called Hangman, we’re really excited about it, it’s a heavy political banger that covers a lot of subjects that have only become more important over the last few months.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
S: All of our music is available pretty much anywhere online. Spotify is the best place to stream it on, but you can buy it on iTunes, Amazon, Google, anywhere that music is, we are too!