Static Fires Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
SF: We are a four piece Alt-Rock band with a punchy style and a varied catalogue of original music, With much more planned for the future!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
SF: We all grew up and went to school together, whilst all having a common interest in music. This lead to us eventually meeting up and playing together, finding our style and growing together as musicians. Then, in early 2015 we started playing the local music circuit after releasing our first two songs and have been venturing further out ever since.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
SF:Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Chilli peppers, Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the stone age.
Playing a major UK festival has been one of our goals since the start, so that’s what we’re aiming for!
PD:What are your dreams and goals?
SF: Playing a major UK festival has been one of our goals since the start, so that’s what we’re aiming for!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
SF: The writing is very collaborative. We almost always start with the music and structure of the song before we begin on lyrics, which we tend to write to the mood of the song. We’ve all been responsible for ideas which have become our main songs- although one of us may take the lead on writing a particular track, we all have a say in the creative process.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
SF: We mostly use social media (Facebook,Twitter) and word of mouth- we often find the best outcomes are when they’re both used in conjunction with one another.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
SF: As a band we’re very split about this, but not to the point of argument. Most of us stream music or use online downloads. However, we also prefer owning a real CD copy of most of the music we care about- It’s just that little bit closer and more personal.
We think that in many ways it’s a lot easier for new artists like us to get their music out to the world, but consequently, there is some oversaturation, making it harder for individuals to stand out.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
SF: We think that in many ways it’s a lot easier for new artists like us to get their music out to the world, but consequently, there is some oversaturation, making it harder for individuals to stand out. In some ways it helps more so with who you know than what you know or the abilities you possess. However, without a lot of the changes in the music industry recently- we may not be wehre we are today.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Jack Clements: ‘I Appear Missing’ – Queens of the Stone Age. Josh Homme is a very clever lyricist and the combination of his words and the music tell a story of which I will never tire.
Sam Randles: Definitely Voodoo Child (Slight Return) by Jimi Hendrix. It’s such a raw and powerful song with face melting riffs and solos. The guy was a wizard.
Tom Gibbins: Either ‘time tonight’ by John Frusciante or ‘Black Flowers’ by Emily Kokal
Jack Piper: For me it would have to be ‘Octavarium’ by Dream Theater. It’s got everything, it’s soothing, and intense, it tells a story while also being a kick ass song. Oh, and it’s 24 minutes long
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
SF: Old guitar strings which haven’t been cut off at the head properly. Yikes.
Hearing our first recorded songs back for the first time and thus realising our potential as a band and as musicians.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Jack Clements: Hearing our first recorded songs back for the first time and thus realising our potential as a band and as musicians.
Sam Randles: When we heard our first songs mixed and mastered. I felt like a proud parent.
Tom Gibbins: Probably the Static Fires EP release it was like seeing a kid grow up and go to big school except with more stagediving
Jack Piper: My proudest moment would have to be when we had just started playing our local venues. It was our second gig, and during one song I hit the hi-hat too hard causing my drumstick to fly into the air. I then caught it upside down and carried on playing without missing a beat. Absolutely nobody saw so I have no proof of this, but I won’t ever forget it
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
SF: Currently our only lined up gigs following the Swansea Fringe Festival are November 11th, Supporting Black Aces in the Pit, Swansea and Seven Sins Festival 2018 in Sin City. We’re likely to be booking more shows between now and then and will have a lot more surprises in store.
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