Undefeated – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
We are a teen rock band!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Believe it or not, the host of the Rock N Worship Festival in Dalton, MA, walked up to me (Meredith… the gal with green hair!). I was playing electric guitar for my church’s youth band (needless to say, it was a less-than-stellar performance). For some unknown reason he was like “hey! I want you to come play!”
So, I went. I had just turned 14. There were all ages and genres at the Rock N Worship Fest; from metal to reggae to gospel. Something clicked. These people were like me! I asked my younger brother (who was, and still is, a rockin’ drummer) on the 4-hour ride home to start a band, and he said yes!
We met bassist Ian through mutual friends. (Truthfully, he literally fell -he says he jumped- out of a tree. But I guess there’s worse ways to meet people!)
We played under the banner ‘Undefeated’ for the first time August 5th, 2017 on the lawn of a bookstore.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Musical. Goodness. The three of us are very different. I (Meredith) have been on a Lacey Sturm kick these past couple months. Tenth Avenue North was probably my first love. But I can always get down to some good metal.
As for our heavy metal lovin’ drummer (Christian), Demon Hunter is always a good one. Wage War, Random Hero, Red, and Nine Lashes would be at the top of his list.
Ian on the other hand, comes in with a love for the classics. From The Beatles to Led Zeppelin. From Billy Joel to The Police.
Non-musical influences. There have been a specific few families that have taken me personally under their wing and really encouraged me to follow this call:) Our parents have supported us endlessly. They don’t buy our instruments or make our way, but if a door opens, they make sure we get there (now we have driver’s licenses!), have food, have beds.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
We dream of being full-time musicians. That’s the long term goal. The short term goal is to do what’s in front of us. Perform, give people a reason to feel included. Grow our style. Perform back-to-back shows!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
So far I do. I write the lyrics/melody. Sometimes the song is written in 15 minutes (directly downloaded from above!) and sometimes they take moooooonthsssss. We all collaborate on the instruments.
As for what the songs are about… well. As I think through the lyrics, a lot of them are about getting through life. Lol. I’m 17.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Honestly, this is the first year we’ve committed to promoting. So far we’ve taken the approach “if this is meant to be, it’ll play out”. All of our bookings came to us via word of mouth; starting from that first day on the bookstore lawn! We’ve realized how much we love what we’re doing. New attitude: let’s go!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
It’s great that music is so readily available. Without the internet, we would have to move to Nashville or L.A. and hope to be noticed by a major label! Plus, bands that we love, we would never have known! That being said, if musicians can’t make a living, we’re in for some dryyyyy times.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Christian: Demon Hunter, On My Side. The Kick Drum pattern…WOW.
Meredith: Lacey Sturm’s Solo Project, Life Screams. Lyrics are intensely poetic. Such as: “I need a faith that’s solid as concrete, but the impact’s broken both my knees”. (From her song, “Rot”)
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Meredith: Sharing straws. Gross. Awful. Elck. (It would require a life-and-death situation involving a desert for me to ever). When the drummer plays over me when I’m trying to say something IMPORTANT. (Can anyone relate? Lol)
Ian: You know when someone is eating from, let’s say, a yogurt container? And they’ve finished like five minutes ago? When they continue to scrape the bottom with their spoon to the point where they’re going to put a hole through it; and they STILL don’t stop. They continue scraping until every last drop, and I mean EVERY LAST DROP, is gone. And then they still continue.
In all seriousness, it’s sad when we’re dismissed/disregarded. Often due to our ages.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Being nominated for a Kindred Award! “New Group”! Voting opens in January 2020, check our pages (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/undefeatedofficialmusic/?hc_ref=ARTjEK5568t1h1knblIH3rH_pBq8cvFBoH27-n7V22sus8JSfuTWEbBrQ6CWXIEwobw&fref=nf – Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/undefeated_official/) for the voting link. We’ll be posting when it begins!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
… answering interview questions. Haha. Breakdowns, filming our second music video. Bigger venues. Our first EP is down to it’s final stages (yay!).
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
Ooh, good one. Hm, let’s see. We’re playing our first single, Shadows, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62xRoCrGHRg) at the Kindred Award Show March 21st in Vineland, NJ.
We’re also teaming up with Penn Yan (NY) band, The Season, to play a show in Carthage, NY, March 27th.
Anyone who wants good rock without the drama will find this a good night out!