Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Ever since 2007 there has been a new force on the streets of Brighton...
Devil's Eye by bydefinition
By Definition are a 5-piece, self-proclaimed 'stoner rock' band based in Brighton. They are Rob, Dan, Fil, Stex and J and they've agreed to talk to me about music, playing gigs and...socks.
Let’s start at the beginning. Describe your sound - Using only song titles by your favourite bands.
'Mice and Gods, Super Terrorizer, Hungry Child, Ahh Blugh.'
(Clutch, Black Label Society, Corrosion of Conformity)
How did you come up with the name ‘By Definition’?
'Ironically we originally wanted to do all sorts of music, so “By Definition” would be funny because we were indefinable. As it turns out we quite easily slipped into ‘Stoner Rock’ and have stuck with it. So, for now at least, we are By Definition = ‘Stoner Rock’.'
Where did you play your first gig as By Definition and what was it like?
'Our first gig was at the much missed Pressure Point in Brighton. It went pretty well. The reception was better than the material.'
What’s been your favourite and least favourite gigs over the years?
'So far our favourite gig has been our EP launch at the Brighton Freebutt. Had a great turn out and even had people singing along! Doesn’t get much better than that. As to our worst? I think the gig at a club which will remain nameless, where we finished our first song to a deafening silence. Not even a sympathy clap. They LOVED us…'
Of all your songs, which is your favourite? Give us a reason to immediately listen to it.
'Currently we'd say Red Lines (a new track we are working on ). Awesome groove, killer riffage, vocals ain’t too bad either…'
What’s been your biggest achievement as a band so far?
'Probably getting through to the final 6 of a recent battle of the bands. Good to see a pretty face, and pointing at your crotch can get you everywhere…
Also, successfully releasing our first EP and receiving reviews in Rock Sound magazine and airplay on Total Rock Radio.'
What are your goals for the future as a band?
'Gigs, gigs and more gigs. We are aiming to develop our fanbase outside of Brighton so keep your eyes peeled. We could be coming to a town near you!
We are also writing like crazy at the moment, and have lots of new material in the works which we are hoping to record in the near future. Hopefully early next year.'
I want to start a band but I have no idea where to begin. Give me some start-up tips.
'Get some like minded friends and practice, practice, practice! Don’t expect things to happen all at once and don’t be afraid to chat to other bands, they don’t bite and inter-band friendships can be beneficial to everyone!'
'UNdane’ is the concept that beauty, happiness and creativity can be found within the mundane. Using this definition, what does UNdane mean to you? What is your idea of the UNdane? Give me some examples of UNdane things that make you happy.
'Dry socks – we can’t stress this enough. Maybe not beauty, but happiness and creativity are much helped by having them.
The first cup of tea of the day – ‘Nuff said.'
Seven-Tailed Scorpion by bydefinition
What’s your favourite song at the moment?
Si - The Soapmakers - Clutch
Rob – Come to Me – 65daysofstatic
Dan – On March the Saints - Down
J – Redneck - Lamb Of God
Phil - Warzone - Slayer.
By Definition Upcoming Tour Dates:-
9th October – The Hydrant, Brighton (downstairs) – FREE SHOW with our mates Gutterfly
31st October – The Wingspan, Crawley – (with This Means War & Gutterfly)
2nd December – The Wingspan, Crawley
We self released our debut EP ‘Eyes on Wires’ in February. We have been selling physical copies at shows but it is also available to download from –
We have also released a 2 track sampler from the EP featuring the track ‘To The Bone’ and an exclusive track ‘Seven-Tailed Scorpion’ which you can download for FREE from –
By Definition are shouty and growly and I approve. You should listen to their stuff immediately and then go to a show. And then buy a T-shirt.
Photographs by Aperture Ninja and Immortal Decadence