Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (https://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
SP: We would be best described as Horror Industrial Metal. We love macabre.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
SP: Suicide Puppets became a band back in 2007 in Harrisburg PA, starting with Twisty, Jonny and Veritas. Over the years the band grew to at one point six members. We are now back down to a five piece band which is much more manageable.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs
SP: Musically we get inspiration from bands like Dimmu Borgir, Static-X, Ministry, and Wednesday 13. Other influences come from serial killers and horror movies. We mainly write about serial killers, murder and death.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
SP: Mainly to keep growing as artists and make our brand the best it can be.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
SP: It’s hard to pinpoint the proudest moment so we will name a few. First would be our US tour with Soulfly. Those guys are great! They had Dino from Fear Factory playing guitar for them on that tour, so that was also cool sharing the stage with him as well. Second would have to be getting to work with Josh Balz (ex Motionless in White) as our producer. Third is probably winning back to back “Best Metal Band” awards at the Central Pennsylvania Music Awards.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
SP: It’s not bad but it could always be better. Our manager, Ryan (Distilled Entertainment), helps us out quite a bit with giving guidance on how to self promote. He also has publicist’s he works with that we use from time to time.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
SP: Locally we book most of our shows ourselves. When it comes to nationally or regionally we typically get help from our manager. Ryan gets us the big tours like with Soulfly. We have a few shows coming up with a tour to be announced soon! 7/14 Oddity Bar Wilmington De, 7/15 The Crown Baltimore, MD 7/28 Racehorse Tavern Thomasville Pa, 10/28 Rock & Oddities Con Saratoga Springs NY.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
SP: We think downloading music online is cool. The world we live in with music at your fingertips is extraordinary! Streaming has its ups and downs. The upside to streaming is the amount of people your music has the possibility to reach is incredible. The downside is the payout per stream is lackluster.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
SP: N.W.O by Ministry. Ministry is one of our main influences and that’s just one of those songs that gets the blood going and you know exactly what song it is as soon as it starts with the double kick and the chugging guitars.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
SP: The music industry as a whole is a crazy monster. The one thing I think we would change is how streaming pays out.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
SP: We just finished up recording our EP at Legacy Recording in Wilks-Barre PA, to be released in October by M&O Music.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
SP: You can find us on all the social sites. For all your puppets gear head on over to www.puppetmerch.com. You can purchase our music here https://music.apple.com/us/artist/suicide-puppets/1284029230
www.facebook.com/suicidepuppetsband, www.instagram.com/suicidepuppets, www.twitter.com/suicidepuppets, https://open.spotify.com/artist/1aFWpABMXY1WtIfAPABlKf?si=MAAcyH3lQiWCyWjhOsQz_g, www.youtube.com/@suicidepuppets1
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