Rev Theory Talks "Justice," Storytelling In Song, "Fight Club" and More
Thu, 10 Feb 2011 11:58:56
"With this record, we really wanted to capture that live, raw essence," says Rev Theory singer Rich Luzzi about his band's new album, Justice.
Rev Theory pummel through Justice's eleven pulverizing tracks with a raw, real, and raging spirit that was born from years of slogging it out on the road. In fact, Justice does bottle up that live energy the band has become known for, while refining it into an even deadlier musical monster. "Loaded Gun" explodes like a frag grenade of riffs, hooks, and melodies, while "Dead In A Grave" could spark a mosh pit just about anywhere. Rev Theory are serving hard rock and the world the Justice it needs.
Rev Theory singer Rich Luzzi sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about Justice, available now, the stories behind the songs, and drawing some influence from Fight Club.
Pick up Justice on February 15, 2011!
Were you all feeling the same way during recording? There's a focused anger on this album.
We didn't set out to write a concept record or have an overall theme. When we all started writing in one room, we all felt the same thing emotionally. It was the nature of the beast, and it turned out to be a really cool thing that we're very proud of. We were just full of piss and vinegar, and we were pretty angry when we came off the last record. We felt like we worked really hard over the last five or six years and we were watching a lot of bands around us climb to the top while we were still "under-achieving," as we call it. It's because you don't hold your destiny in your own hands in this situation. We felt like we'd been served a little bit of an injustice. People were holding us down to a degree. When we wrote this record, we were just angry. Also going across the country and seeing what was happening to society—whether it be income, housing, or politics—was a factor. When you see all of these reality TV stars being heralded as pop icons or whatever, you forget who the real heroes are—the men and women who are fighting for this country. It was a lot of different things, and we just poured them out into this record.
Is it your intention to tell stories with these songs?
Anytime you write a song you want it to tell a story. The great thing about music is what it might mean to me it may not mean to you. It's all according to the person sitting on the other side of the speakers. You want somebody to always take away a little bit of a story from a song. I guess that's an intention.
What's the story behind "Loaded Gun?"
Everybody has a good and a bad side. If you read into it, the chorus says, "Don't let the sun go down." When the sun goes down, that's when the party begins and the demons come out. You're trying to be as good as you possibly can but the inevitable could happen. It's innately there. Sometimes people have rubber arms. They don't have the strong will necessary to not submit to those demons. There's always that person who's going to twist the arm. Rarely, do you find the person who's going to say, "Hey bud, you shouldn't do this." Most of the time, it's going to be, "Don't worry about it! Come on; let's go!" Misery loves company [Laughs].
Did you always know "Hollow Man" would close out Justice?
We felt that we needed a somber ending to the record, and that was the perfect way to end it. It's an introspective song. After you go on the journey of angst and anger, it's a really nice way to close out the album.
Was working with Terry Date a dream come true?
He was awesome! He was exactly what we needed as a band. He pulled out the best of us. He made us be a band. If Terry didn't have to use a computer, he wouldn't use a computer. He's all about the raw intensity, getting us to play together, and drawing out the best performances. I grew up on the records he produced—Soundgarden, Pantera, Deftones, etc.—they were all influential records for me.
What does the title mean to you?
It was a constant theme we saw throughout the record. We felt that a lot of people out there have been served an injustice. We wanted this record to be a rally and call-to-arms for people to get what's rightfully theirs.
Do you read or watch movies for inspiration?
I wouldn't say I'm an avid reader, but I like to pick up things when people point me in the right direction. When I'm not on the road, I just like to relax, do a lot of different things with my family, and stay away from the media as much as I can. I don't listen to a lot of other current movie when we're off the road. I listen to a lot of older stuff. I'm a huge product of the grunge era. Pearl Jam is one of my all-time favorites. Ten (Deluxe Edition) touched me in a way that made me want to sing. Appetite For Destruction was the first tape that I ever bought. Guns N' Roses rings true. Then there's early Alice In Chains and Stone Temple Pilots. It also extends into The Doors and some Jimi Hendrix.
If you were to compare Justice to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
I would say it's a bit Fight Club-esque. It's angry, but it's calculated. It's also coming from a different place.
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