Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (h9p:// petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of ar6st are you?
TSL: We’ve been described as if Black Keys and White Stripes had a love child, which was raised by Arc6c Monkeys. We’re an independent band from South London and we make rock music to inspire people, to fire them up, and tear the house down at live gigs.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TSL: Our lead singer Joe started the band as a duo and then recruited Tom on drums from working in restaurants- and he met our bassist Andy at an open mic night that he runs. Since then we’ve played tons of gigs in London and recorded & produced our music independently. It’s built us up a core following from BBC intro, blogs, music magazines and radio. We can’t wait to get back on stage!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TSL: We’re inspired a lot by other musicians. We’ve played shows with great bands that have really done more to mo6vate us than any of the ‘big’ ar6sts and finding new music is something we all love to do. Any band that plays a passionate live show makes it worthwhile!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TSL: To play a gig to a venue packed with fans, singing our songs back to us
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TSL: Our lead singer Joe. A lot of his songs incorporate different ideas from what’s happening in the world, in our lives, as well as wri6ng about inspira6onal films he’s seen, other music he’s listened toand using it all to bring people together.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TSL: We try to stay ac6ve on social media and give people something to engage with. We want everyone to see the story of our band, how it all comes together, and all of the different things that can inspire us. And then the aHer-show an6cs.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TSL: Anything that gets music into people’s ears is good as long as they support the ar6sts they likethrough buying music on Bandcamp, to merch, or going to live shows. Or just spreading the word to as many people as possible. Please share our new song!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TSL: We’ve played a few cover gigs as a band which keeps us sharp, is a lot of fun and helps to gel the band together live. Any of those songs that really make people go crazy when they hear the first few chords- like The Pretender by Foo Fighters.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TSL: People not sharing music with each other. If you find a band you like- tell everyone you know about them!!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TSL: Finally playing a show at Nambucca. Our bassist Andy loves Frank Turner, and he has a song about playing there. Hopefully there’s a few more legendary venues to come in future.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TSL: We have three more tracks in the works, and more music videos on the way too, so it’s going to be a HUGE year!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
TSL: We have three singles now- Animals, Tokyo and The Blue- which you can buy on Bandcamp: h_ps://linktr.ee/thesteadyle_ers
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