Rev Theory Revisited

In a PEV first, we’ve brought back a band for a second set of XXQ’s… and it doesn’t get much better than this pick from the PEV archive (circa October 2008): Rev Theory. The NYC natives have blown up even more since our last chat… and they haven’t even released the new record yet!

You may recall from our first go around with the rock outfit, that PEV was front row just before the 2008 interview at Ram’s Head Live! in Baltimore when Theory opened for PEV alums Puddle of Mudd and Saving Abel. As I said before, “The show kicked ass – complete and utter ass. The venue packed with pumping fists pounding out the Rev Theory anthem, ‘Hell Yeah,’ just as it should be.” But today Rev Theory has pushed it up a notch hard, headlining their own tour: The Monster Energy and Idol Roc Entertainment “Monster Energy Outbreak Tour” with Pop Evil and Hail the Villain. They’ll be blasting the new album that drops at the same time the tour starts next month – a record titled “Justice”. And if you remember what I said about the tunes on “Light It Up” – “(They) have something more to them; an addition that smacks of a mix of realization, confidence and some ‘I don't care if it hurts,’ ear crushing melodies”... take that and turn the volume to 11. “Justice” is gonna be an ass-kicker.

The band kicks off the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour next month in Phoenix, so check out the schedule. And if you happen to be in Vegas for the Super Bowl – look up Rev Theory. They’ll be around. Prepare for “Justice” and keep reading for a lot more below in the XXQ’s.

XXQs: Rev Theory

PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre? 

Julien Jorgensen (JJ): I think we are a mixture of grunge, rock n roll, and metal. The thing that sets us apart from our contemporaries is our reach in scope. Within the band we have a lot of personalities and influences, and I think what sets us apart is our bands ability to blend our core influences together. We try and dig deeper than most bands, go back and draw from our heroes and blend that with a modern energy and flavor that's out today. 

PEV: Calling New York City home, what kind of music where the members of the band into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

 

JJ: The band started in New York, but I actually grew up Vancouver, Canada. I was into a bunch of different bands growing up, My dad started me off listening to the Doors early and that was it, I loved bands like Metallica, ACDC, Guns n Roses, and Led Zeppelin, but I also loved Depeche Mode and, INXS, and U2, it was all over the place, and in the 90's when I learned to play the guitar, its was a flood gate of awesomeness, I loved NIN, Tool, Korn, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, AIC, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, STP, to name a few. All that being said I think my first concert was actually Michael Jackson Victory tour in 1984 haha, I was 8.   

PEV: Tell us your take on the music scene is like in your hometown and what was it like trying to break into it?

JJ: It was very difficult being a hard rock band in Long Island NY, as well as NYC. We were definitely the red headed stepchild in a city that thrived on Indie Rock, Club Music and EMO. The rock that lived there in LI and NYC at the time was The Strokes, Taking Back Sunday, and Brand New, (I actually like all the bands) so for us there was no real hard rock culture. No ground fertile enough to sustain a band Like Rev Theory (Revelation Theory then) So after painfully cutting our teeth in LI and around the city in NYC for 3 years, we got in a van and started in places where they welcomed our type of band, we headed south, it wasn't long until we had some great friends in Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, and Louisiana. 

PEV: With that, what can fans expect from a live Rev Theory show?

JJ: It's a high energy show, that's a little dangerous. Rich always says 5 or 5000 we always throw down and we always kick you in the nuts. It's what's kept us going all this time, our live show is an experience and I would put it up against any band in the world. I am proud of how hard we have worked to maintain the experience. With this upcoming record I am excited to have better production and an even better take away. 

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

JJ: Where's our beers are at? No you just play and hope your stuff sounds good in the monitors, it helps make a great show, when you sound good, you feel good.

PEV: Having all been in other bands before how is playing with Rev Theory different then those other works?

JJ: I have never been in another band before, neither has Dave or Rich. We met in College in 1997 and have been in a band ever since. 

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

JJ: I get inspiration through my life experiences. Writing has always been cathartic for me so I try and dig in and exercise as many demons as I can when I can. For Rev Theory we write songs about everything from a night mangled on the town, to fighting those same demons that make you take those late nights. We also try and write tunes that explore a sadder side of loss, something that everyone in the band has gone through, whether it was a loved one or a hard relationship. 

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out do you ever look back at your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

JJ: Recently, over the holidays, I went home and hung out with my family and friends, I thought back to when I was in college and starting to write songs, I never thought that that could be a real job. And I really felt fortunate to be able to do what I love with people that I love. 

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of Rev Theory?

JJ: That we are all super healthy, I guess. 

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a goal for you?

JJ: It was always a pipe dream in college, I played in a band but it was for fun. It wasn't until I met my Mgr in New York that I felt like music could be an attainable goal. He helped motivate me and believe in myself, as well as Richie that we could really do this thing.  

PEV: Tell us about your latest release. What can fans expect from this?

JJ: I am really proud of our latest release "Justice". I feel like it's a really mature, solid, consistent body of work that is hard hitting as it hummable. I really have a love for every song all the way through, that’s how I know it's gonna be a good one, it's just badass plain and simple. 

PEV: How is life on the road for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?

JJ: Life on the road, is life on the road. It's fun in a Peter Pan like way. You really don't have to do much in the ways of thinking, everything is taking care of for you and you basically live somewhat of a fantasy life. However, it is also hard because when you take off, life doesn't stop around you, so when you come home, people's kids have grown a little, a new grocery store goes up, etc, you feel like real life just kind of passes by not really waiting up.  

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

JJ: Absolutely, Japan, Australia, dying to get over there.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play at your hometown?

JJ: They have really supportive, I mean what we are doing is truly against all odds, so when we move the chains a little all my friends can't help but route for me and the fellas. We have become the little engine that could in many people’s eyes. I am grateful for all the support, especially when I play Vancouver, it's awesome, all my buddies are usually hammered by sound check, which usually makes for an interesting night! 

PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

JJ: Well I like to keep active, ski, hike, etc, get tatted, hit the beach, I love going to shows when I am off it inspires me, , smoking and hanging with fellas having some laughs, hitting the town, sushi, fish tacos, movies, a good dive bar is always a good time.  

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?

JJ: Would love to work with Chris Cornell or Eddie Vedder.

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

JJ: Citizen Media, they are gonna be awesome. 

PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think each of you would be your career?

JJ: Damn, Well I would try and be a writer of some sorts, if not maybe back to selling cars in NY.

PEV: So, what is next for Rev Theory?

JJ:Album release, party in Vegas Superbowl weekend, then World Domination!

For more information on Rev Theory, check out www.RevTheory.com

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