Revocation Chats About New Self-Titled Album And Summer Slaughter Tour
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The 2013 Summer Slaughter tour wraps up in a few days, but Revocation won't be sitting still for long, trekking to Europe in September and then heading out on a tour with Death Angel this coming October.
While Revocation was on the road, the band's new self-titled album officially dropped, and I called up guitarist Dan Gargiulo to see what he had to say about the release.
A transcription of our conversation can be found below, covering the writing and recording process, working with the band's new bassist, and recording a Metallica cover.
While this chat was short and sweet with only one member, be sure to also catch OverkillExposure's epic interview with the whole band from 2011 at this location.
xFiruath: You are currently in the middle of the Summer Slaughter tour. Tell me a bit about how that’s been going so far.
Dan: It’s been going great, we’ve been playing to a lot of new kids every night. We had been looking forward to it for a long time. First of all Aeon, one of the death metal bands on the tour, we are big fans of them and this is their first time in the States so we’re stoked for that. We toured with Periphery back in 2010, so that’s cool. Meeting all the bands was awesome, we’re stoked on this tour, it rules.
xFiruath: Your new album is out now, but when did the writing for this begin and how did it come together?
Dan: It was kind of a similar process with the other albums. We have a lot of material, some of its really old and some are brand new, so it’s picking what we want on the record. Since we’re constantly writing we picked some new ones too. I think officially we started assembling the final drafts of the songs a few months before recording, probably around November or December, and then we recorded in February.
xFiruath: So I’ve been listening through, and is that legitimately a banjo happening there?
Dan: The banjo is on track 7 I think, it’s “Invidious,” and yeah, that’s a banjo. The whole vibe of the song is hillbilly-like, so we figured it would be funny to throw that in there, and I think it works.
xFiruath: Where did you end up recording this album?
Dan: We worked with Pete Rutcho, who did all our past full-lengths. The EP we just did, we went with Zeuss and we really liked the work he did, but for the full-length we went with Rutcho again and he did a good job.
xFiruath: On that EP “Teratogenesis,” do you think you’ll do something like that again in the future where you will release a couple of tracks together for free?
Dan: That was kind of a weird thing, Scion just reached out to us and gave us the offer, we didn’t see it coming ahead of time at all, but we were excited to do it. If they wanted to work with us again, we definitely would. We don’t have any plans to right now, but if the offer came in we’d do it.
xFiruath: This is your first album with your new bassist. How did the recording process go with a new member around?
Dan: Yeah, it was a little different. Anthony and Brett are totally different people, and totally different players and they both have their own approach to the tunes.
xFiruath: What led you to go self-titled this time around and what sort of themes does the album deal with?
Dan: The lyrics deal with our world and what we think is wrong with it. There’s some songs that are about environmental issues, there’s songs about government surveillance and stuff like that. Obviously not every song is like that, it’s not a concept album. We have one song about experiencing a supernatural presence like a ghost, and that has nothing to do with the others. The reason we wanted to self title is because we feel the song writing has become more concise and focused and this is the direction we want to go in. We’re confident in the lineup we have right now so we wanted to self title and make sure people know this is how it’s going to be.
xFiruath: You just had a Metallica cover track come out as well. Tell me about picking that song and how you approached the cover.
Dan: We wanted to stay close to the original. I guess you could consider it a spin that we have audible bass on the song. We all love Metallica and that is sort of the song that is closer to our style because it’s a little more extreme than most Metallica songs. The riffs are extra ripping, so we thought it would be a cool song for us to cover. We’d been thinking about it for a long time actually.
xFiruath: What are you guys listening to these days while out on tour?
Dan: Phil listens to a lot of funk and R&B and stuff like that. Dave listens to a huge variety of things like jazz fusion. I haven’t been listening to music this tour really, I’ll just watch the bands. I’m trying to write new riffs but it’s hard to get alone time on the road. Our sound guy drives and he puts on stoner rock, so we’ve got a variety.
xFiruath: Other than this tour, do you catch shows often and what’s going on with your local metal scene?
Dan: We all live in different areas. I’m from Long Island and to be honest there’s not too much going on there. A lot of the shows I end up going to Brooklyn for like Saint Vitus bar, that’s the cool spot in Brooklyn to go. I saw Ken Mode a couple of times, even on this tour they were playing near us so we would catch them. I don’t really go to that many shows. I just work and play guitar and try to write.
xFiruath: What else would you like to say about the new album?
Dan: We’re really proud of it and we want people to pick it up. The tour’s been crushing so far, every band’s set is great and there’s a wide variety of bands, so people should come out and catch a good show.
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