After introducing themselves to Australian audiences on last months national tour with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Devilskin are headed back to our shores for this weekend’s Download Festival in Sydney and Melbourne.
With rave reviews around the country and a growing legion of fans discovering the band for the first time, bass player and founding member Paul Martin says it is with a sense of relief that Devilskin seem to have surpassed the rivalry that encompasses anything to do with the two neighbouring countries.
“Yeah it is hard”, he laughed, “but it’s hard in both countries. I think it’s hard for Aussie bands as well but it’s really hard over here (in New Zealand) for Kiwi bands. There’s not many venues and not enough people to go out and make all the gigs work, unfortunately. You’ve got the population over there and some kick-ass rock and roll towns everywhere but for a Kiwi band going over there trying to get on radio and stuff like that it’s pretty tricky. A lot of the time we’ve gotta really work and prove ourselves – which is kind of a good thing I guess. We definitely haven’t found it easy but it’s still something we’re pretty determined to keep working at”.
In the full interview Paul reveals what playing at a festival like Download means to a band, who he is most excited to see and catch up with, discusses the early days of the band and the surprise success of debut album We Rise, following up a surprise hit and the difficulties that poses, new song ‘Endo’ and it’s personal relationship to vocalist Jennie Skulander, an insight into the new album plus more.
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