An Interview with 'Peace Without Victory'
Who are the band members and what do they play?
Damiano Battiston-Weston, all vocals, instruments and production.
What are the band's main influences?
David Bowie, Pet Shop Boys, Devin Townsend, Old School Hip-Hop, Beatles, ELO, Mercury Rev
Have you played any notable gigs, festivals or other events? Likewise radio or TV appearances?
PWV has been featured on CBC radio-1, CBC TV.
Where was the single/EP/album recorded and who was involved in its production?
The EP Islands was written and recorded at Electric Forest Studios (Damiano's own studio) during the COVID-19 pandemic in complete isolation - by virtue of the isolation we are all experiencing, Damiano handled all tasks - vocals, instruments, recording, mixing and mastering.
Is there a particular ethos behind the single/EP/album or any particular music styles or events that inspired it?
Ranging through a variety of styles, the common thread through all songs on the EP and the debut single "Young & Strange" are isolation - the isolation we all feel during the current pandemic and the longing for a return to "normal life", but at the same time an examination of what that normal life was really like. We were alone before? How do we rise from this? Who felt that same empathic isolation prior to the tragedies of 2020 and can we better understand those who were ALWAYS alone?
Can you briefly describe what the song/each song is about? If you are releasing an album then either describe the thinking behind the project or choose a couple of lead tracks to focus on.
Young & Strange specifically is about the isolation one feels being the "weirdo" in a small town. Rumours, a lack of understanding - anyone who doesn't tow the popular line - even if they do, but don't express themselves in the same way gets "othered" - turned into a object of scorn, suspicion and ridicule. But at the same time, great things can come from that isolation, when one finds out that you're truly not alone.
Please provide a one or two-line personal quote that can be attributed to a band member, about either the band themselves or the release. Obviously the more eye-catching this is the better.
This is music for outsiders. This is not for people who have never had to think twice about their place in what's going on around them. It's music for the long, the lost, the dreamers and the screamers who know there's something better out there and will never give in until they've found it.
PWV is, in the tradition of bands such as Nine inch Nails, St. Vincent, Caribou and others - a one man band: Guelph-based multi-instrumentalist Damiano Battiston-Weston.
Eschewing the idea of being a singer-songwriter as it conjures the idea of a person with a guitar, PWV is a vehicle for a bigger sound and frequent experimentation. Ever changing and evolving, PWV draws influence from both the darkness and the light - the crushingly heavy and the feather light, wrapped in melody, layers and electronic rhythms.
Damiano Battiston-Weston is a composer of music for film and media with over 20 compositional credits. In addition, while the sonic flavours are influenced by his musical loves, the emotional content is often drawn from his former "day-job" as an addiction and mental health counsellor, and from a life lived with spectacular highs and lows and crushing lows.
Also drawing from his mixed Italian-Mongolian heritage (No, really!), PWV represents the idea of belonging to everything, while being apart - and the tension created.
This is outsider music. It is not part of a scene. While contemporary in production, it aims to be timeless in execution. These songs are all new, a voice in the darkness. They will not be to all tastes, naturally. But they are submitted without cynicism, without expectation, only with the knowledge that though PWV may be one person, it is unique and sounds like nobody else.
Young & Strange and the accompanying video is the lead single from the debut ISLANDS EP release.