SURGE – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
SURGE: A four-piece indie, guitar band sprinkled with handfuls of synth sounds.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
SURGE: We formed a few years ago and have since performed sold-out shows in London, released numerous singles – one of which was issued on vinyl, all of which have been played on BBC Introducing Radio or Radio X – and performed at Reading Festival and Isle of Wight Festival.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
SURGE: Unashamedly, the usual crop of indie and alternative guitar bands, with a few slightly more left-field options thrown in. I think I can confidently say that collectively our non-musical influence is Tony Stark.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
SURGE: To earn enough money from music and accumulate a dedicated enough fan base to be able to make this our livelihood. We don’t have to be rich and famous and selling out stadiums (we wouldn’t turn all that down mind you…), we just want to put be able to food on the table by only playing music.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
SURGE: We predominantly write as a band these days, but George our vocalist writes the lyrics. With regards to what the tracks are about, your guess is as good as ours.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
SURGE: Via social media predominantly.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
SURGE: It has its pros and cons undeniably – but nothing beats the sweet crackle and tangibility of a vinyl record.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
SURGE: Life On Mars? By David Bowie because…. it is the best song ever written.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
SURGE: Where do I begin?
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
SURGE: Having played at Reading Festival and released a coloured vinyl it’s rather hard to pick our proudest moment but both of those, along with hearing your songs shouted back to you by 100 people are definitely up there.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
SURGE: New music and trying to reshape our sound a little to incorporate more synths and experimental recording tricks.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
SURGE: We are playing at the Brunswick in Brighton on October 26 and then at The Smokehouse in Ipswich on November 2. You should all come along because there’s nothing quite like the thrill and unpredictability of live music and contributing to the fight to keeping music venues alive – who knows, you might discover your new favourite band?