The Pits – Interview

The Pits – Interview

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

PD: What type of artist are you?

TP: It is very hard to define, theatrical jazz punk would probably be the best summation of our style of music. We do stray from this occasionally but that is the base of who we are.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

TP: The Pits began in 2017 playing shows across Newcastle and recording their first 2 singles Salt and Killers. Salt was featured on Triple J’s Short Fast Loud programme days after its online release landing the band the opportunity to open of international atl. rock heavy hitters Papa Roach at the beginning of 2018. Since then they have continued to tour the east coast of Australia releasing an EP mid 2018 and music videos in the follow up. 2020 hasn’t been easy for The Pits but we are going to finish strong and come back hitting hard in 2021.


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

TP: Musical influences range from Queen, Panic at the Disco and The Used to early 20th century jazz.

Non-musical influences are musical theatre, we like to look at our shows as a production in the same way a musical would be, each song will tell a story to the audience.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

TP: Our dreams are to be able to play our music full time, take our music around the world and enjoy ourselves. We love playing live shows so the more we can do that the happier we will be.


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

TP: Our guitarist Mitch writes our songs. Mitch will write the basis of the song and bring it to the rest of the band to sprinkle in their own influence and ideas.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

TP: We try and promote the band through Facebook and Instagram, most shows are promoted on the venue’s social media pages.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

TP: It’s definitely the only way moving forward, whether it’s streaming or purchase and own I’m not entirely sure but the payment system needs to be reworked to be more favourable to the artists.


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

TP: Bohemian Rhapsody; The collection of motifs and genres throughout the song is very appealing to who we already are and has been a big influence on our musical styles. It’s also a certified banger.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

TP: Bands not supporting other bands, staying to watch the headline band or even watching support artists is a big deal to us. Poor attitude would be another pet peeve, not showing up on time and not putting in your all for each show isn’t who we are.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

TP: In 2017 when we opened 2 shows for Papa Roach in Sydney, most of the band being fans from a young age made playing on the same stage as them 2 nights in a row was surreal. Add to that we had all seen so many of our favourite bands play on that stage (The Metro) it made the night even more sweet.  


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

TP: We have rerecorded some of the songs from our first EP with our new singer and some hidden extras which should come out before Christmas. Additionally, we are currently preparing to go back into the studio to record our second EP sometime in the next 6 months.


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

TP: Our first EP is available online on all the streaming services as well as YouTube. Our CD is available for purchase at any of our gigs, or if you send us a message on our socials, we can organise to get one to you.

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