From: Rhymney Valley, Wales, UK
Lazy equation: (Pantera x Bullet For My Valentine) + White Zombie
Thrash Hits verdict: With crunching, almost industrial guitars and vocals which swerve between Phil Anselmo’s snarl and Matt Tuck’s Welsh-inflected yelps, Revoker remain resolutely metal, but show that they’ve definitely got enough about them to challenge for the top. Signing to Roadrunner Records so early on in their career can only help them become massive. We had a chat to singer/guitarist Jamie Mathias…
Describe your sound in 3 words
Heavy! Fuckin! Metal!
How did you meet?
We all grew up in the same area of Wales so we met each other just from playing in various other bands!
What made you want to start a band?
Going to the first Download Festival in 2003 – it was my first festival experience, Iron Maiden headlined, and it blew me away! From then on there was nothing else I wanted to do than be in a band.
Where did the name come from?
We had loads of different names that we were going to call the band! We decided on Revoker because it sounds cool… and the real meaning to it is in any card game the Revoker is the one who doesn’t follow suit. So, we instantly thought it was a great name for us because we don’t want to follow any bands/trends that’re going on in the music scene these days. We have our influences like every other band but we just play the music we love and get a kick out of it playing live every night instead of faking it and playing music that’s fashionable in a scene. But the main reason is we like to get drunk, play cards, and take everyone’s money off them!
What are your musical influences?
All the good bands!! Our influences go from Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to Pantera and Black Label Society. We all have our own individual influences as well which makes the writing process a lot more interesting.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
Playing Download was great – it was always a goal for us to play that festival since we started the band in 2006. It was an awesome weekend but being on their Main Stage is our next goal!
What was it like signing to Roadrunner Records so early in your career?
It’s amazing. It’s every metal band’s dream in my eyes and we’ve always said Roadrunner would be the perfect home for Revoker. It does seem early in our careers but what a lot of people don’t know is we’ve all been in previous bands before this since we were like 13. It’s not like we woke up, met each other, and got signed to Roadrunner – we’ve done all the clubs and pubs and playing in front of two people at a show for the last seven years so it’s a big achievement for us.
How exactly did it happen?
We played a club in Manchester called Satan’s Hollow… we weren’t going to do the show because we didn’t have any money to get there and we thought it would be just another show playing in front of the sound guy! Luckily, we managed to make it work so we could play it, and at the end Roadrunner’s A&R guy approached us.
What has been the biggest benefit of signing to Roadrunner?
Roadrunner is an awesome label and whatever band they sign everyone is going to know who they are. We’ve already been having a lot of great feedback from people around the world who can’t wait for our album to be released and asking when are we going to their country so it’s a great beginning and the ball hasn’t even started rolling yet. It’s also great going into the studio and not worrying about where you’re going to get the cash from to pay for the session!
So you’re touring with Rob Zombie next year. Not bad.
It’s going to beat working in a factory and peeling potatoes for a living, innit!
With which band would your dream tour be?
Sadly, it will never happen but Pantera.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
We don’t really categorise ourselves on being a part of any scene or we sound like this or that band – we just play music that feels good to us. People can make their own minds up when they listen!
What’s the most memorable show you’ve played?
I was about 14 and it was for some guys 70th birthday party in our local workman’s club and we showed up playing Black Sabbath and Metallica. I think we closed the set with ‘Enter Sandman’ – the circle pit was amazing!
What should we expect from your debut album?
It’s going to be balls out, straight the point, hard kicking, metal songs with great melodies and chants. Every song is going to have its own identity; it’s not going to be the same song over and over again. We are so excited on what we’ve got and can’t wait to share it with everyone! That’s all I’m saying… is for the whole world to look out!!
You have recorded and are recording the album with Benji from Skindred. How did that come about?
We met Benji while recording our demos in Newport. We got along really well and thought it would be awesome to get him on board as producer for the album – we all know where we want to go on this album and so far it’s working out amazing.
What other band should everyone find out about?
There’s a band from our area called Tidal – they are an awesome live band with great riffs. I think they’re in the middle of recording their album but they have a few rough demos on their myspace, you should check them out!
Tell us a joke.
Two snowmen in a field. One says to the other, “Can you smell carrots?”
Revoker go on tour with Rob Zombie in February 2011 and will release their debut album in April 2011. Go check out their official MySpace to hear some of their demos as well as their tour dates.