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CRY OF THE WOLF MAGAZINE INTERVIEW WITH JEN JANET OF BLIND REVISION
THE WOLF MAGAZINE INTERVIEW WITH JEN JANET OF BLIND REVISION
Tell us a little about the start of the band.
Three of our band members met at college and started jamming. We didn’t sound
anything like we do now, but we decided to enter a battle of the bands
competition in Boston. It was technically our first show playing together, so
we weren’t expecting much. But then we won first place, and we decided to keep
going and write songs together. Over time we had a few lineup changes, and we
met our other two members through mutual friends. But we’ve been playing
together now with this current lineup for almost two years and we are very
happy with what we’ve accomplished thus far. We are not only a band, but we are
good friends as well. We recently went on tour together and it was a great
feeling to be able to do that with people you love hanging out with.
who writes the songs?
It’s a collaborative effort. Usually one of the guitarists will think of a riff or
part of a song and show it to the rest of us. Then each person will build off
of that. We’d like to continue to create concept albums, so usually the lyrics
come last, and I won’t start writing them until the music is finished.
social media: is it a positive or negative for your band
Social media is a huge positive for the band - it is how most people know about us! We
are very active, especially on Facebook and Instagram now. I think keeping up
with it is time consuming, but very rewarding. We publicize all of our shows
online and we’ve heard from many people that they initially found us through
Facebook. I think social media can be wonderful for bringing people together
for events. It’s also a great way to post photos and interact with people all
across the country who might want to hear our music.
Describe your music
If Coheed and Cambria had a baby with Evanescence, that would probably be it. We write
progressive rock music but we do have some metal influences. The vocals are
very soft and melodic, while most of the instrumentals are harsher and guitar
driven. We have a wide range though. The first song from our EP Of White And
Grey starts out very soft and slow, and it has a very post hardcore sound at
the end. It builds up to a very theatrical climax.
One song in your music collection people might not expect
That’s a tough question. I think the vocals in the song Ashes are pretty unique. While
singing them onstage, I have seen a few people in the crowd start paying pretty
close attention as soon as the vocals come in, just because it’s not always a
style you hear in rock music now. A lot of symphonic metal bands do an operatic
style of vocals, but most of our songs aren’t strictly symphonic metal. We have
a blend of many different styles, and I appreciate a lot of different genres,
so being able to blend them is really awesome.
What is next for BLIND REVISION?
This fall we will be recording our first music video, and we have an interesting
storyline for it mapped out so far. It will be wonderful to see the final
product. I won’t give away any information though!
strangest or craziest thing you ever experienced onstage or
during a tour?
At one of the shows on tour Kirk’s battery pack popped out of his wireless, so he jumped
into the audience and moshed with everyone to our for the rest of the song.
When something like that happens, you got to make it work!
At the Massachusetts show on our tour, the venue actually sold out, so it was packed
with people. I noticed after going through photos of that night, that Kirk was
wearing some fishing hat while playing onstage. Apparently some guy in the
crowd just put his hat on Kirk, and Kirk just jumped into the crowd and was
playing guitar inside a mosh pit. So that was pretty crazy, especially because
I didn’t even realize it happened until later.
If you could tour with a major band which one would it be and
I think most of us would agree that we’d love to tour with Coheed and Cambria! That
will probably never happen, but their music has influenced us a lot and we
really like the idea of having a concept album that tells a story. Their
ability to write music surpasses many musicians today, in my opinion. And of
course, their stage presence is great too! They seem like a genuine group of
people, so of course it would be a dream to hang out with them and tour
someday. Their fans seem very loyal too, and from what I’ve seen, most of their
shows are fantastic.
Favorite thing to do before a gig?
I don't really have a favorite thing to do, but I’ll usually do vocals warm ups and
drink plenty of water!
of the band likes to have a few beers.
future plans for the band?
Even though we just released Of White And Grey, we recently started writing a new
song, and I really like where it’s going. We probably won’t release new music
for a while, but the writing process for the next EP will be an adventure,
that’s for sure.
Anything you would like to say to your fans?
We love talking to you on social media! We’re always interested in what you guys want,
and what you like to do. We also post about all our new shows as soon as we
book them, and you can find them on the tour dates tab to the left of our
Facebook page. Feel free to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and
it’s @ blindrevision for all three sites. We post a lot of photos too. I know
sometimes talking to a band is intimidating, but the five of us are honestly
very goofy people.
Jen Janet - Keys and Vocals // Kirk Scully - Guitar // Jamie Steele - Drums // Jake Bedard - Guitar and Vocals // Phillip Clougher - Bass
CRY OF THE WOLF MAGAZINE Interview With FRANKIE BANALI Of QUIET RIOT
QUIET RIOT was not the first band that got me into heavy metal. I was already well entrenched in the power and the glory of bands like Sabbath, Saxon, and Dio. But for an impressionable youth the constant nagging from the "cool" kids at school about how lame metal was became very bothersome. Cliched white sneaker wearing future lawyers were constantly picking on me and my metal head friends. QUIET RIOT one day came on the radio and changed all that. Like an asteroid hitting the dinosaurs they wiped away all the so called un coolness about metal and made it mainstream. Suddenly all the jocks were "banging" their heads to songs like "Metal Health", And "slick Black Cadillac". So years later after the heavy smoke has cleared I got the chance to speak with one of the key architects of QUIET RIOT, Mr. Frankie Banali. They are about to release ROAD RAGE on Frontiers Records and it so…
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