Sunday, 4 September 2011

Revokation Interview

UKEM spoke to Reuben, Warren and Bernard from Leeds based Death / Black metallers Revokation about music, bands with similar names and fighting!

For those unfamiliar with you guys, tell us more about the band.
Bernard - We are 4 spiffing young chaps who play death/black metal

There is of course another band under the same name, spelt differently of course. Does this have any sort of impact on the band? Do fans get the bands mixed up? Does this draw in extra people to you guys?

Reuben - It doesn’t bother either band, it seems only to be a problem for internet trolls. Once people have heard us, they soon realize we are both very very different.
Warren - the only “problem” is the odd spelling mistake on a flyer.

Lyrically, what are the bands inspirations?
Bernard - The main lyrical influence is H.P Lovecraft, although I use this as a springboard into other areas. Its mainly rambling philosophy about the human condition, and my mistrust of organized religion.

Musically, where do you guys draw influence from?
Reuben- I don’t particularly draw influence from anything, I pick up my guitar, and what comes out comes out.
How has the e.p. ‘The End Ablated’ been received by people?
Bernard - The early buzz has been really positive.      
Reuben - the reviews we have so far have all been good.

The e.p. was self-released, do you prefer to self-release so you have more control over all aspects?
Reuben - We like the DIY approach, we feel it suits us.
Bernard - The main thing is getting the music out there.
Reuben - but if Def Jam want to talk, we are open to offers.

What releases do you have planned for the future? Any plans for a full length cd?
Reuben - we are planning on having 5 tracks ready to record at the end of the year, for the new MCD, no plans as yet for a full length.

You guys are active giggers, what is a Revokation gig typically like? Will you play shows anywhere and everywhere?
Warren - Before we play, we heckle the other bands, enquiring as to what their songs are about. When we play I get naked, Bernard walks around in circles, after Reuben likes a drink, and Rich complains about how badly he played.
Reuben - we will play anywhere and everywhere (a bit of petrol money helps the cause)
There seems to be gigs everywhere these days, what are your thoughts on the UK gig scene at the moment?
Warren - The uk is like the rest of the world, plenty of gigs, just not enough people showing.

Band wise, the UK is currently producing some absolute monsters, what are your highlights, who are you guys into?
Collectively - to keep it short, Wodensthrone, Kastrated, Foetal Juice aaaaaaaaand The Afternoon Gentlemen.

Who would win in a fight, Revokation or Revocation?
Reuben - we are lovers not fighters, but just in case it all kicks off, Bernard could talk a glass eye to sleep.
Revokation - The End Ablated Sampler

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