Interview: Davenport Cabinet
Wed, 06 May 2015 12:23:52
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Coheed and Cambria guitarist Travis Stever enters a new dimension with Damned Renegades…
Davenport Cabinet's Damned Renegades still resonates with us long since its fall 2014 release. Coheed and Cambria guitarist Travis Stever steps up to the microphone and crafts a vast rock record that's as warm as it is wondrous, punctuated by spacey ambience, entrancing fretwork, and gravelly gritty vocals. A collaboration with his cousin Tyler Klose [guitars, vocals] and Michael Robert Hickey [drums], Davenport Cabinet opens up here with a fantastic journey from start-to-finish that evokes everything from Led Zeppelin to Rush, while existing in its own sphere. Leading up to Coheed's performance at Rock In Rio Las Vegas this weekend, Travis dished Davenport Cabinet's Damned Renegades and more.
If you are a fan of rock music, you'll fall in love with Damned Renegades...
Yeah, I haven't gotten anyone to say they don't like it, but I'm interested to see who does like it. It used to be a lone venture, but it became more of a collaborative effort. A lot of Coheed fans that haven't listened to the record are really happy once they listen to it. No matter what, people will compare it to Coheed and Cambria, but that can be said about any popular band whose members start other projects.
What threads the album together for you?
It felt like as the process went on, it became more and more like a journey. On the last record, Tyler Klose, my cousin—who shares vocals and plays guitar in the band—was a newer addition to the group and working with me. On this record, we just took it further, and there are two songs he built out of these riffs and we added guitars and vocals. "Bulldozer" and "Flat Balloon" were written in this way. We also have our drummer Michael Robert Hickey who contributed to songs, and the final track "Graves of the Great War" was inspired by a piano piece that he wrote. We just started adding elements to the songs and parts that were already written making the effort very collaborative. A song like "Sorry for Me" is like Tyler and I going back and forth with the vocals. It was a very different approach, encompassing a lot of spontaneity. I am super excited that this album is a different direction.
It feels like thematically the record is more cerebral as if it's some kind of escape.
It is definitely an escape for me. My side of writing certain things on the record happens during a song like "In Orbit." I came up with it and wrote it while I was having my baby. My brother-in-law has been writing me these texts. The gist was that the love of these children is needed like the warmth of the sun.
The rest of the songs were about the anticipation of having a son and everything around that. I thought the concept was really cool to turn into a song—relating my son to the star in the sky. "Aneris" is about the Greek goddess of order. Tyler's lyrics have another perspective of it about battling with order in your life. That's cool. Then there's stuff like "Sorry," which is basically pretty straightforward about me being off tour for a while.