New Zealand hard rock outfit Devilskin are no stranger to our shores, having supported Halestorm and Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators on national tours.
Through those shows, they have developed a special affinity with Australian crowds, led by their aggressive musical approach and cemented by their affable nature which sees the whole band spend long periods of time at the merch table or mixing with their fans.
With their first headling tour of this country kicking off next February, guitarist Paul Martin sat down with HEAVY for all the latest.
“It hasn’t been the greatest year for rock and roll,” he began. “It’s been a tough one overall for all concerned but I finally think we’re seeing the sun shine on the bright side of things. We’ve been pretty lucky over here. Quite a while ago we dropped our social distancing thing so we could get out and tour finally. We’ve been absolutely stoked. Our August tour started at the end of October but that’s just one of the things you have to roll with. We had some great crowds and people were so happy to be out amongst it again. People were happy to be in a crowd and partying again.”
When asked if the band had a few spots of rust to shrug off before getting over here Martin almost laughed in his eagerness to respond.
“We’ve been rehearsing hard and chewing at the bit to get back out there,” he affirmed. “The first one was great but it was all over too soon (laughs)”.
In the full interview, Paul talks about Devilskin’s most recent album Red and the story behind some of the songs on it, preparing for a headlining run of shows, Shepherds Reign who they will be bringing as support, how COVID has made bands re-evaluate things and more.