Monday, 28 July 2014

INTERVIEW: Revenant


Revenant are a Welsh heavy rock metal band who formed in 2013.  They released a 2 track demo in September 2013 and on the 1st August 2014, they release their first EP - Tundra, alongside a Welsh tour supporting The Self Titled.

Recently, lead vocalist Anna Williams took some time to talk to Femetalism about the band and their new EP.

Can you tell us a little about Revenant?

Revenant formed in March 2013. The band comprises myself (Anna Williams - Vocals/Guitar), Stuart Fouweather (Guitar), Andy Bevan (Bass) and Matt Davies (Drums).

Stuart and I have known each other for around 4 years, we met at work and became really good friends (he was best man at my wedding!). Andy and I are good friends too, we have known each other about 5 years and met through a mutual friend. I’ve played in bands with Stu and Andy previously, but never both together. When I formed this band, I wanted the best musicians I knew - luckily they said yes! Matt joined us in January this year when we parted ways with our original drummer and now it’s like he’s always been here!

Can you tell us a little about the tracks on the EP?

These tracks are heavier and have a more progressive element than the 2 tracks on our demo. I’m the main songwriter and write all the lyrics. ‘Defamation’ and ‘Devil’ are tracks we’ve been playing live for a year now and they are definitely among our most popular live tracks. ‘Defamation’ is almost like an anti-love letter, it’s a tale of revenge! ‘Devil’ is quite a personal song for me lyrically - I’d prefer to let people take their own meaning from that one. The way the song has been recorded should give people an idea of the concept behind the lyrics. ‘Tundra’ is a brand new track that we just recently unveiled in a live setting - it’s about breaking away from negativity, escaping your own demons. The lyrics refer to the metaphor of breaking through a tundra to get to the light beneath - we chose Tundra as the title track for the EP because we’re hoping it will help us break through to a wider audience.

Who was involved in the making of the new EP and where was it recorded?

We recorded the EP at Junkyard Studios in Newport with Jamie Young and Jason Norman. We learned an awful lot from Jamie during the recording and he really helped us to make the EP as good as it possibly could be.

Jason is a good friend of ours and it was a pleasure to have him involved in making the EP - having a friend on the other side of the desk made the process a lot less stressful. They’re both excellent recording engineers and producers and we are very lucky to have them as part of our inner circle.

Revenant have a distinctive sound. How would you describe it, who are your influences?

I find it hard to describe our sound to someone who hasn’t heard us - a basic summary would be heavy, groove driven and melodic. We’re quite different from most female fronted metal bands, there’s no symphonic element to our music and I’m far from a soprano! Between us we have a massive variety of influences and on a personal level we’re quite diverse but in terms of songwriting, our main influences are Metallica and Tool. If we can channel some of that brilliance into our own music, we’ll be more than happy!

After the EP, what’s next for Revenant?

We have a Welsh mini tour planned for August 1st/2nd/3rd to coincide with the EP release on 1st August. After that, we have several more gigs booked and TBC (details are on our Facebook page). We’re really just planning to play live as much as possible, get some airplay for the EP and just continue as we have been doing - onwards and upwards! Looking further ahead, I guess time will tell!

Huge thanks to Anna for taking the time to talk to us - we are loving what we have heard of the EP and are looking forward to hearing more from the band in the not too distant future.

You can take a listen to the new EP on Soundcloud.

Check the band out performing Nowhere taken from their first demo.



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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.