Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD – What type of artist are you?
UTM – We’re a four piece band based on creating an experience for audience and listeners as well as for ourselves. Trying to push ourselves musically and giving our fans something to enjoy, but never doing anything we feel isn’t true to ourselves. We’ve never thought of us being grouped into one genre, but what usually comes out is high energy, fast paced rock n’ roll with some aspects of doomy prog rock.
PD – Tell us the brief history of yourself
UTM – Once high school buddies Myles Young and Steve Plantz decided to start a band, they quickly found Curt Patrick to join and started writing music. A year later, Fred joined and Under the Mountain was born in 2011. Constantly playing shows locally and doing some Western Canadian tours, we lost Fred to the family life and long time buddy, Jon Holden jumped on the drums. Now, we’re in the process of writing our third studio album and will be getting in the studio early 2021.
PD – Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
UTM – We really have tons of influences and there are way too many to name. Hard Rock and metal influences from AC/DC, Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Black Label Society, TOOL, Pantera, Down, King Buffalo… I mean, the list goes on. We definitely have some southern sounds coming from a love of Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers. Some hip hop kind of influence such as Rage Against the Machine and The Beastie Boys. And everything seems to stem from the old blues back in the day. Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, just to name a few. In reality, we all listen to many different types of music and it’s all a bit mashed into our sound. As far as non-musical influences go, Carl Sagen, David Attenborough, Bill Nye, are some of my (Steve) favorite people. Unbelievably knowledgeable people who are so humbled by their surrounding environment and so clearly open minded to many things. I really feel like the general population of this planet are so set in their ways and have such a closed mind, but I the world could benefit so much if people generally were just more open about others’ beliefs and were able to work together.
PD – What are your dreams and goals?
UTM – Of course touring isn’t exactly an option right now, but international tours are still the next goal for us. What we’re focusing on right now is getting some new material together for our third studio album and working on building more of an online presence so that when Covid is a thing of the past, we can hit the road hard! It’s a huge dream of all of ours to be on the road as much as possible, playing shows around the world, and that’s the next big step for Under the Mountain!
PD – Who writes your songs and what are they about?
UTM – The thing about Under the Mountain is nobody is ever let out of the writing process! If someone has an idea, we all work on it together to create something great! Even if someone brings something that’s already apparently finished, there are usuaDrinking, space, valhalla, drinking, sex, black melvin, ghost town cowboys, Lemmy, drinking, a revolution, drinking, vikings, drinking, sex, ghost town cowboys, Lemmy, drinking, a revolution, drinking… the list goes on!
PD – How do you promote your band and shows?
UTM – As of right now, pretty well all of our promotion is done online, mainly Facebook and Instagram. We’re working on a new management team though, and they’re going to help us out a lot with that!
PD – What do you think about downloading music online?
UTM – I used to be totally against Spotify and other streaming services, but myself and many others have discovered so many artists that I never would have otherwise. A lot of people argue that it’s terrible because the artists basically don’t get paid a thing, but I really see a lot more good in it than bad. There are many great playlists that feature so many great artists that you’d never hear on the radio and it’s honestly given me a huge reboot in my passion for listening to music and discovering new artists.
PD – What song do you wish you had written and why?
UTM – Our favourite songs to play live are the songs that we have written… but I suppose if there was one song I wish we’d written, it would be War Pigs, because then it wouldn’t be requested at every single one of our shows!
PD – What are some of your pet peeves?
UTM – Not being able to play bigger shows during Covid! Also, it being so difficult to get your music on the radio these days. Even a lot of the local stations are corporate run and preprogrammed. Though there are independent stations that are more than happy to get less known music on the radio, and that’s great. We always need people fighting the good fight!!
PD – What is your proudest moment in music?
UTM – We’ve had many proud moments so far in the career of the band, but we really feel most proud of what we have created and continued to work on through the years. The music we have made is exactly what we’ve wanted to make and have never compromised that for any kind of commercialization or to conform to any genre or what others’ think we should be.
PD – So what are you working at the moment?
UTM – Right now we’re working on new material for our thirst studio album. We’re really excited to get this music out there as we feel like it’s our best stuff yet! We picked up a new drummer recently, Jon Holden, and he’s given us a new energy and we all feel more inspired and creative!
PD – What music have you available online and where can you buy it?
UTM – We have two studio albums released as of right now, as well as a single we released in August, it’s a cover of Alannah Myles’ “Black Velvet.” Our music is available wherever music can be found – Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Bandcamp, etc.
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