Metal Wani Editor In Chief Owais ‘Vitek’ Nabi recently had a chat with founding member David Davidson (Vocals, Guitars) as he discusses Revocation’s journey, latest self titled album, songwriting, inspiration to write new music, upcomng new album, Randy Blythe and much more.
Greetings from India, Mr. David Davidson. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us today. How are you doing?
Your self-titled album was heavier than the other three albums before. There was a good balance of groove and brutality. What sort of atmosphere or sound can fans expect from you guys in your next album?
You have been utilizing Pete Rutcho’s services on every album you have released from last few years as a producer. How would you say the music and intensity of the recording sessions have changed or stayed the same with each release?
Where do you find the inspiration to write new material, and are there any particular topics or areas of discussion you try to bring out with your music and lyrics?
Tell us a bit about what the writing process like… Is there a primary songwriter, or do you guys kind of jam it out in the studio during rehearsals?
Revocation’s music has evolved a lot with years but death/thrash metal has always been your base. I am sure with new guitarist Dan Gargiulo on board… his influences would have made it little more richer and schizophrenic as has been the case with all your albums.
After releasing an album, you surely come across various situations where people express their opinions on the album. Do you really care about what others think about your music?
I mean do you even change or think of changing something because someone outside the band told you so?
David: Occasionally our producer will suggest different things for us to experiment with and if we like his idea we’ll try it out and if we dig it we’ll keep it. Other than working in the studio with our producer nothing really deters us from our vision.
Your music is fast, heavy and brutal; it’s meant to be unleashed live. But when you are in a studio, how can you get in the mood to play in the isolated environment of the studio?
What’s the biggest challenge of pulling the stuff you write live, versus cutting it in the studio?
We all know what happened with Randy Blythe in Czech. Heavy metal is meant to be unleashed but in an appropriate manner. I’m sure the floors go pretty wild for you guys, has Revocation had to deal with any altercations with fans/venues/security, and what do you guys do when there is an issue with the crowd or somebody onstage?
Boston is a great city for music. Tell us a little bit about the scene in Boston, how the responses are at your shows, and is it cohesive like it’s always been, or is it a little bit more separated like all of the other music scenes?
As a band that’s on the rise, you guys are playing a ton of shows and garnering lots of attention, and you’re doing well for yourselves. The music dream never dies, and there are a lot of kids out there that want to play music and get on the road and go have fun. From your experience, what advice can you give some of the young, up and coming bands everywhere who want to make it in music, on the road, and as a professional musician?
David: Try and tour as much as you can to get your band’s name out there and when you’re ready to record make sure it’s with some one who knows what they’re doing so you get a good quality product. Also make sure it’s what you really want to do because playing metal or music in general is not the most financially smart thing to do. We’ve been doing this for years and we still have to work other jobs to get by, it’s a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll as they say and we’re definitely still climbing the ladder.
At this point in your career, do you feel pressure from anything?
From a fan perspective, I believe you’re getting bigger every time you do something new. What are your plans for the future?
Have you guys started working on new material? If yes, what’s the status?
What are the prospects of Revocation playing in a country like India?
You have such a massive fan following here. Are you aware of Indian metal Scene?
Thank you for doing this Interview. We wish you all the best and are looking forward to catch you on road soon.