Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
YE: We’re Young Enough! A bunch of 30-somethings (and a 40-something) playing pop punk! Combined we have over 75 years of experience in bands across a whole plethora of different genres. But each one of us has a soft spot in our hearts for those teeny melodramatic songs from the turn of the millennium.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
YE: So the band started just before the pandy came and got us into global amounts of trouble. There was a different singer at that time who had familial obligations so he sadly couldn’t continue. The band put out a call for a new singer across social media. Pieter (the new singer) just threw down some vocals on a few old songs and the rest of us just immediately loved what he was doing. So we brought him in for a rehearsal to see how it would be in a live setting, and the flow was instant. We had found our new singer. We immediately got to recording a three track EP, of which we’ve released the first single and corresponding music video.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
YE: Any of the semi- to very popular pop punk bands of the early ‘00s for sure. Add to that some folk, deathcore, rap, lo-fi hip hop and classical music and that covers the musical influences.
Non musical anybody that works hard to get where they are. Guys like Jack Black who are dedicated to their craft but also know how to have fun. Misha Mansoor from Periphery, or even stand-up comics Christina P. or Bert Kreischer. Just giving it their absolute all and with no breaks, but doing what they love.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
YE: We don’t want or need fame and fortune. Each one of us just want to make a living off of this stuff. Seeing the world and sharing our music with anybody that wants to listen would be bonus. But just being able to survive off of our music would be perfection!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
YE: Our guitarist Jon usually comes up with a riff or a basic structure, which we then build on. Structure usually gets fleshed out nicely by our other guitarist and drummer. Bass lines gets laid down by Fafa our bassist. And then Pieter writes all the lyrics. The music is usually inspired by a combo of the old-school pop-punk, but tuned ever so slightly lower, and with some chunky/easycore breakdown to add some grime.
The lyrics are a bit paradoxical. A lot of them talk about the end of the world and how humanity is just blindly sprinting at full speed towards a precipice. It’s actually really doom and gloom but wrapped in a positive tone. Kind of an acceptance to the shit-show that is upon us. Positive fatalism is the word we’ve been throwing around quite a bit (laughs).
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
YE: Well there’s the usual social media dance, but we try to get word of mouth going as well. Walking up to people with a QR code and then engaging in conversation with them usually has a tangible impact. People are caught a bit off guard at first but a smile and a conversation is more memorable than a post on FB.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
YE: Urgh that’s a tough one. I don’t think you’ll ever get rid of it. It’s too convenient and readily available. Also with the advent of streaming services and the proliferation of bedroom artists the selling of individual tracks has become almost impossible to survive off of. Bands have to become small-scale content producers across various media in order to survive. It’s not impossible, but the whole industry is constantly shifting.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
YE: Seven Nation Army. It was written as a one off riff, became a huge hit, and now it’s become a universal anthem that can get a whole stadium singing along after just hearing the first few notes. An entire generation of humans knows the song but has no idea where it comes from or who wrote it. I’d love to have that level of success for a song.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
YE: Wet sleeves. Pooping when you just got out of a pool. Just the thought of grinding a fork into a ceramic plate.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
YE: Random messages from people who heard the music somewhere. Going on a multiple week tour on the other side of the world, or bands from the other side of the world coming to our country to tour with a band we were in. Or most recently a guy from Japan covering one of our songs! All of those are just so much fun to have happen!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
YE: Right now our attention is dedicated to getting our live show polished and ready for the stage. And we’re almost there! November is looking like it’s gonna be an absolute monster of a month in terms of shows so keep an eye on our FB and Insta pages for all that lovely info!!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
YE: Right now there’s only the first single online but it’s been absolutely insane the reaction we’ve gotten from it! There’s two more coming before the new year, and then hopefully an album and a tour in the summer! SO. MUCH. COMING. We’re excited 😀