Interview with Dave Thompson of Trope and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
DT. We are basically a progressive alt band masquerading as an alternative rock band, as one reviewer recently put it. The basic line up of guitar, bass, drums and vocals with progressive elements, but yeah, mainly an alternative rock band. We love alt rock! Hopefully we are the type of band that resonates with people in a truthful way. We are a very music first type act, where it is all about the music for us. That’s the reward really, to be able to play music that you love. I’d like to go further into that actually. There’s some bands that are just incredible, that you don’t even know what they look like. They fade, the music remains. I love that.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DT. I met Diana in Toronto a few years back, overhearing her humming a tune and asked if she was a singer. I was mainly producing artists back then so we struck up a conversation about music and then got together to work on a few of her original tracks. I moved to Vancouver about a year later, Diana then reached out and wanted to work on some new material. I had started writing my own material that really had no agenda, except just to satisfy my need for artististic expression and mitigate some anxiety and stress. I didn’t share it for a while, and then one day I showed Diana an idea and her amazing engineering degree brain understood the math in the music, and she came up with the lyric and melodic idea that became Lambs. After that, we spent 2 years writing and recording demos and then approached some mutual heroes about making the album. That’s when Mike Fraser and David Bottrill came in. David was first, I sent him all the demos to get his feedback on them and then we went into the studio with Mike Fraser in Vancouver to track the album. I’m a huge fan of Mike’s work, especially on an album he did with John Sykes called ‘Blue Murder’. We used a few session guys on the studio recording and for live, we recruited drummer Aleks Amer and bassist Reggie Hache.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DT. Definitely for Trope, the 90’s play a big part in the influence of this band. We are such a big fan of 90’s alt, the music is very pure from this time. Also the movies from the 90’s. There was this zeitgeist of realness, and coming from the 80’s it was such a welcome relief. For me personally, I love Soundgarden, Blue Murder, Jeff Buckley, Rodriguez, Alice In Chains, QOTSA. Movies are huge inspiration, at times I will be watching a movie and have to stop and write something because of the movie mood. A big influence for me is fear, too. That gets me very motivated.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
DT. I think I can speak for the whole band when I say our goal is to share the music with as many as possible, and to impact the world in a positive way through music and charity. We are here to serve. And I want a nice house with a studio in it. And I want the whole world to be my friend.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
DT. I write the instrumental parts, Diana writes the melodies and lyrics. The overarching theme of the record deals with the internal and external process of how to attain more freedom in oneself. It goes through a range of topics such as bullying, addiction, suppression, betrayal, self growth, all as an exploration for answers. The record in a sense concludes that self awareness and focus are the two factors that help lead you closer to freedom, and how that awareness can help prevent certain destructive thought patterns and negative situations from repeating themselves.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
DT. It varies, but mainly social media. We will do some physical posters in town but for the most part, digitally is the way. It saves trees.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
DT. I think its great, because it gets the music to as many as possible. People are very loyal to the things they love, they will support a band or artist with buying merchandise, going to shows etc. It’s a platform for exposure, like music tinder. Then you decide if you want to swipe right.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DT. Basically anything by Jeff Buckley. And ‘Go With The Flow’ by QOTSA. And ‘Happy Birthday’. Jeff Buckley, for me, was such an incredible artist and purveyor of truth. Chanelling him would mean I would be more aligned with that truth. Go With The Flow is just such an incredible tune, from the melody to the production itself, it’s just a perfect tune. It makes me feel like I’m moving, that things are happening and we are on our way.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
DT. Hmm, how long do we have? Major pet peeves would be people on social media that don’t listen or diminish others experiences when it comes to people who have been marginalized. Sometimes I will see a post about a person’s experience with racism, or a suppression, and some wanker will be responding with “give it a break, it’s 2018, aren’t we done with that yet?” sort of thing. That pisses me off because it diminishes and attempts to mute the person’s voice. They need to share their experience without criticism for sharing it. People now have a platform to share their experiences, and they don’t need to be famous to have a voice, which is awesome. On the other hand, that pisses me off too as I do like the aspect of having to earn your voice. Now any whack job can sound off on any topic. It’s noisy out there, but the digital landscape has a way of culling the herd when over population sets in.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
DT. Definitely having people respond to the music the way you intend it to land, that’s the biggest pay off.
PD. So what are you working on at the moment?
DT. Working on the next Trope album. The first album, Eleutheromania, took about 2 and a half years to make, 2 years of demos and a few months in the studio to track. So I’m writing more demos for the next album now. The music is pretty complex, and Diana likes to live with the music for a long time before writing melodies and lyrics. We are also rehearsing lots, as we are gearing up for a busy summer/fall of touring.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
DT. Our next show is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at Summerfest 2018. We are very excited to be playing Summerfest, as it’s the largest music festival in the world according to the Guiness Book Of Records and theres gonna be a ton of people there. That will be a lot of fun! Not to mention the lineup of acts playing there.
Band location – Vancouver Canada
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