Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Revenger Interview

1 .For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Definitely. The band started in 2012 by JP Poulin and Chris Warunki. JP (currently on bass) wanted to put together a band that thrashed and had elements of his favourite bands such as Pantera and Revocation. He started on guitar but with a few member changes, he decided to move back to his first love, the bass. With the current line up (JP Poulin, Sean Parkinson, Julia Geaman and Andrew Bailey) our sound has definitely become more technical but still has a strong thrash pulse. We've released a full length album 'To The Wolves' and are getting ready to release our upcoming EP 'A New Mythology Vol.1' in Feb 2018. We will be touring across Canada in the spring and have some festival shows coming up in the summer.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings that yo have released so far?

Our sound is very bass heavy. We wanted the sound, especially on this new EP to have a lot of low end so that the punch could be heavier. Live we get a lot of compliments on JP's bass tone and I think having that as a foundation on top of thrashy drums and Sean's guitar tone work really well. We definitely wanted to capture that energy on the recording. This new EP definitely sounds heavier and more intricate than the first album.

3.The lyrics on the new ep have a concept to them, can you tell us a little bit more about them?

On this EP, Andrew definitely decided to have more conceptual lyrics. He is a huge comic book fan and although the songs are inspired by comics such as Carnage for 'We Want Blood' and Scarlet Witch for 'Hex', you don't really need to be familiar with them to follow. The broader idea and inspiration of the lyrics and behind the name of the EP 'A New Mythology Vol.1' is the idea that any myth or story can in the future become a sort of dogma. He mostly writes and sings from the perspective of each character, trying to express their motives and ideologies.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Revenger'?

JP and Chris went back and forth for a while when they formed the band. They definitely wanted something that was to the point but maybe wasn't really a word. It was something that was said and it stuck. It sounds thrashy and angry but I think it's a name that can take on new meaning as the band evolves.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

One of the last shows we played was really rad. We played a tiny opening slot for a Suffocation and Black Dahlia Murder show. It was one of the biggest audiences we played to and shows where you gotta set up, play and get off as quick as possible can be hectic but that one went really smoothly. Some shows in really small cities in BC or Alberta have been really sweet. I think in Revelstoke, some of the people there had never even been to a metal show, I remember they applauded after our sound check and were really stoked to participate. On stage, I think all of us playing instruments are very locked in to what we're doing, which is great because that gives Andrew as much room as he wants to run around. He definitely has a lot of energy and I think it was the Revelstoke show too where he caught his foot on something and bailed pretty hard. I remember laughing and trying to stay focused enough to keep playing.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new ep is released?

Absolutely! We have a few cluster of shows in Feb right when we release the EP in our home town of Vancouver and also on Vancouver Island. Check out our Facebook page for updates on those. Also we are currently planning a cross Canada tour in April all the way to Quebec. We have some plans for Western Canadian Festival shows in the summer and then beyond that we'll have to keep you guys updated.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

At the moment we are doing everything ourselves. There's a great sense of freedom in that although it is a lot of work. Distribution help, especially in Europe will definitely be welcome off course and that is something we will look into for sure this coming year.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?

Over all the response has been great. We released a song from the new EP on youtube for 'We Want Blood' and people really seem to like the bass tone and the fast drums. Even when we play in Canada there are people visting from around the world that say you guys have to come to Croatia or Mexico because we would do really well there. We obviously would love to go to all of those places and the support feels great.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

We wouldn't be true Vancouver musicians unless we were in multiple projects off course. Sean Parkinson plays in West Of Hell and has actually pulled off a whole tour doing double duty. They are also working on releasing new music and some videos as well. I am in an experimental Neo Classical Instrumental band called Alchemy Chamber. We just recorded our full length album and I'm really excited about it. Andrew has also just released an album (Ghost Pimp 2000) with his awesome doom band Olde Worlde Nudists and JP likes to fill in on bass for Pantera Tribute shows locally. I don't know how we even coordinate it all.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Our eyes are definitely set on playing as much as we possibly can for this whole year. We would like to get on more festival dates, tour places we have never been before and get some distribution world wide. We have more music to record and I'm most excited about continuing to develop our sound and tone on stage and meeting a lot of cool people.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

For me, I have recently become a little nostalgic and gone back and listened to some of the bands that got me into drumming like Megadeth and Anata so that has been cool but currently listening to the new Cytotoxin album and if I'm gonna be honest, also really old and creepy Medieval plain chants which sounds weird but so am I. I also listen to a lot of pop or anything that has a cool beat like Daft Punk or Sia. Andrew listens to a lot of Doom metal and has introduced us to some cool bands but I think still has a thing for 90's alternative stuff like Sound Garden and Deftones, Sean obviously likes guitar driven bands, no matter what the genre. Death metal, black metal, thrash, acoustic and classical guitar virtuosos, classic heavy metal and rock, Michael Jackson, just about anything. JP's favourite band I think has always been Pantera but also Meshuggah, Cryptopsy, Gojira, lots of classic bands. I think we are all influenced by all of that but predominantly with the thrash and death bands that we grew up with.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I used to like to write poetry and draw but lately I have been spending most of my time practicing and generally just educating myself more and more on musical history, theory and even business. Sean is a Football hooligan, I mean soccer fan, he's part of a club, they like to drink sometimes. Andrew is also into sports and JP is a dad so he likes to spend time with his son and wife.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Ya, we are really excited to release our new EP. We will have a new music video up mid January for a song off our EP called 'Hex'. We also just set up pre-orders on our bandcamp so if you want to get on that we have a deal for the next 2 weeks where you can get our previous full length album for just $2 if you pre-order the new EP.

https://revengermusic. bandcamp.com/album/the-new- mythology-vol-1


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