We interviewed Petulance, a much promising UK-based heavy hardcore band with a clear mission: write music people can vent out all of their problems to. Read on!
So let’s dive right in, what are you working on right now that we can look forward to?
At the moment we’re taking a little bit of a breather, coming up with new ideas and, in a sense, going back to basics. Being playful with music and writing new tunes. We’re writing for our debut album - coming off the back of a demo, an EP and releasing a couple of tracks, we feel we’re ready to do it!
What music gear do you normally use? Is there any other music gear you dream of having?
We’re a DIY band, we don’t have the strongest of set ups or the top market pedals. We came together as a bunch of kids and started making music in our old guitarists living room. I think as time moves on we’ll start looking more into gear but we’re a ‘plug and play’,focused on the energy kind of band.
What is your vision as an artist? How do you convey it?
Our vision is pretty simple, write music people can vent out all of their problems to, but with a message of positivity. If you have a problem, we want to help you find an answer. It all stems through the values of hardcore and what seperates hardcore from metal, it’s much more than heavy riffs, it’s the words, the feelings and the energy we want to bring to the playing field. I guess a successful message is fortified by anyone feeling better after our set than they did before.
For anyone struggling just sit back and ask yourself "could I not do this? Would I be happy not doing this?" If your answer is no then keep going.
What are the biggest problems you had to overcome as an artist? Your advice for artists facing similar problems?
We live across two locations, Cardiff and Reading - it was hard to come together and come up with new ideas and it’s still a challenge for us but we make it work because we simply love doing what we do. There’s nothing like having creative freedom, all of us share that love. For anyone struggling just sit back and ask yourself “could I not do this? Would I be happy not doing this?” If your answer is no then keep going.
How are you breaking through the noise? Live shows, image, music? How are new fans primarily discovering you?
That’s a tough one, I wouldn’t say we’ve broken through or anything close to that and to be honest I haven’t thought about breaking through or being a headline band. We’re simply here for the love of it, any show to us is a headline show and anyone who likes our music is outstanding, we just like hardcore.
What are your favorite movies?
Kill Bill is pretty sick.
How are you monetizing your music at the moment? Where do you believe music monetization is headed?
That’s a tricky question, to be honest I don’t really have an answer but I do feel it’s quite subjective to different genres and different artists. We just sell the odd tee at a show, ask for fuel money and give most of our music out for free, we’re a non profit band, the merch sells and pays for the next batch, then whatever’s left goes on practising etc. Monetising depends on if a bands out there to just get their name out (which is where we are at) or to bring in some money - but in the hardcore scene that’s very tough to do, you need to be up there with the greats in order to pull that off.
What would greatly benefit your music career right now?
Honestly, just people showing up to shows. We just want people to show up and have a good time. Any band will tell you it’s a bit disheartening travelling hours and playing to the same few people. I feel a hand needs to be outstretched to welcome more people in, it’s quite an underground scene but with the likes of NME picking up on Outbreak Fest and the crossover shows with metal and hardcore, it won’t be long until the scene grows out of the tunnels and is seen in bigger venues. That would essentially help us too, any growth for the scene in terms of audience is growth for all the smaller bands.
Would you like to recommend any other local artists that we should be definitely checking out?
There’s an endless list of bands killing it in the scene, Cauldron, Frantic State, Force of Neglect, the list doesn’t end. Outside of that and looking close to home, Reading, you got to be checking out Handstand Parade! Quality band, different to us but different is always something to dig!
Last but not least, any closing messages for your fans and readers?
Yeah, support local shows, support local promoters. This scene is the best scene in the U.K! Nothing is better than turning up to different parts of the country when playing shows and just having mates wherever you go! From Leeds to Plymouth, from Cardiff to East London. The beauty of this scene is something I couldn’t ever leave, so go to shows, make some mates and overall just have a good time and be positive. Petulance album out some time next year (we hope). Stay tuned on our Facebook, we’ll keep you posted!
Find Petulance at:
Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/petulanceHC