GT Q&A with British Band, Pint Shot Riot
In the past few years, games have become more and more tied to the music industry. Obviously, games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero have cemented this tie, but another publisher that is putting new bands in the spotlight is EA Sports. Each of the EA Sports titles includes a number of popular songs in the jukebox, and there are always a few in there that get some great exposure out of the deal.
This year, one of those bands is up-and coming British rockers Pint Shot Riot. Recently, we were afforded the opportunity to sit down and chat with the band, specifically bass player Baby Dave. We chatted about how they got involved with EA Games, and about what kind of gamers they are as well.
Gaming Today: To get us started, could you tell us a little bit about yourself and the other members of Pint Shot Riot?
Pint Shot Riot: We are a 4 piece British rock and roll band and we love making music and playing music together. We just try to write songs that come from the heart and mean something to us.
GT: How did you first become involved with EA Games? How do you feel about having your music placed in the Sims 3 and Fight Night? Do you feel these titles expose you to the type of people that might enjoy your music?
PSR:E.A and our publishers Artwerk were scouting U.K for some fresh artists when our name came up, we met, got on and the rest is history! We feel very happy about being in their games! Obviously, we knew all about what they do and it was awesome to be asked to be part of it. All kinds of people will be buying those games so we would hope to reach people who will like it and also some people who might not of found us otherwise.
You can find the rest of the interview after the break.
PSR: When we play together, it has to be something competitive and either sporty, violent or both! We’ve been playing Streetfighter 4 and NHL ’09 recently and me and mini have been rocking guitar hero world tour.
GT: If you had to identify each of your band members as a character in a game, which game characters would you be?
PSR: Interesting question! Mini has just grown a big blonde moustache, as you do, so he’s Hulk Hogan! Rocket can be the Rock then I guess, staying on a legends of Wrestlemania theme. Rob is a natural born Warluigi I reckon and I’ll be Niko off of GTA4.
GT: Since you’re going to be in the Sims 3, does that mean you’ll have to sing in Simlish? (Simlish is the language spoken by the characters in the Sims)
PSR: Erm, I think that would be going one step too far! Maybe we could, but only if we can dress as our game characters.
GT: Are there any plans for you to have your music included in any of the rhythm-based games that are so popular these days, such as Rock Band or Guitar Hero? If so, would it be for a future game, or as DLC for a current game?
PSR: We haven’t discussed it at this point but we would love to in the future. It must be an odd feeling to play your own song that way.
GT: What bands or artists would you say were the biggest influence on your band’s style and sound?
PSR: I think there is an amazing history of British bands stretching from the Beatles, through the Clash, the Sex Pistols and the Specials and onto Oasis, Blur right up to today. That is something which has always inspired us.
PSR: We’ve had some exposure, with a few radio plays and things but we are still working hard in England. We are hoping to visit the States and tour as soon as we can though
GT: We’ve heard that you’re currently in the studio working on a debut album. Can you give us an idea of what we can expect from this album?
PSR: It’s hard to say as we’re so close to it but it definitely is the best work we’ve ever done together and we’re feeling very happy with the results. We all came up with the best we can and the songs have come together amazingly. We’re really looking forward to letting people hear it when it is completed.
GT: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. Is there any parting thought you’d like to share with our readers?
PSR: Keep an ear out for Pint Shot Riot, peace, love and gaming. Baby Dave
We’re grateful to the band for taking the time to speak with us. Keep an ear out for their music in the Sims 3 and Fight Night from EA Games. If you want to learn more about the band, you can check out Pint Shot Riot’s official website here.