Damnation Interview: Revocation – “My favorite costume was someone dressed as a gigantic cock and balls”

Damnation Interview: Revocation – “My favorite costume was someone dressed as a gigantic cock and balls”

America’s thrash/ death heroes Revocation are currently tearing the UK a new bottom which everyone seems completely on board with. Their new material is huge and almost certainly their strongest yet and their triumph seems to have ignited a new passion, the excitement for their short run of UK performances reaching fever pitch and culminating in a triumphant appearance at Damnation Festival.

David Davidson, guitarist extraordinaire and thoroughly nice chap sat down with MetalMouth at Damnation to talk inspiration, old socks and beef stew…

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So you guys did the London show last night; how was that?
That was great! About 1500 people there. Halloween, it was packed out.

Were people dressed up?
Yeah there were some people dressed up. Some people I saw – someone was dressed as Bane. My favourite costume was someone dressed as a gigantic cock and balls.

Goes hand-in-hand with heavy metal fandom really.
Yeah, definitely.

What’s the significance of you guys playing Damnation Festival?
I think this is the first time I’ve ever heard of the festival. But having heard of it and having heard the description of it and being part of this awesome fest, I mean you’ve got Bolt Thrower headlining, they’re legendary. A load of other great bands; we’re stoked to be a part of this fest.

How is touring the UK more generally?
Well, it’s good! The last time we were here with Black Dahlia Murder it was just crushing, all the crowds were great. And last night the crowd in London was amazing. It’s getting better and better every time we play which is great to see because when you play a place for the first time people really aren’t really sure what to make of your band and if they watch you a couple of times – at this point in time it’s one of my favourite places to come. We always have a good time.

How have you found reaction to the new record?
Reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, the critics are saying it’s our best one yet. It’s great to see something that you’re so passionate about getting such a good response from other people.

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If you had to describe your album using an elaborate food metaphor, what would it be?
Food metaphor?


Yep.
Uhhhh… rich and heavy, like beef stew. (laughs)

What’s your favourite thing you’ve done this year?
Like a show you mean?

Or anything band-related.
Well probably putting the record out was my favourite thing because so much blood, sweat and tears went into it. At the end of the recording process and the writing process – now it’s finally out it’s like a cathartic release so that’s my favourite thing that’s happened so far.

What’s the weirdest influence on your playing?
Weirdest influence? Well I mean, I play in an extreme  metal band but the reason I play guitar is because of Joe Perry from Aerosmith. I dunno if that’s very weird but that was the thing I was into then I was a kid.

What’s the state of your current touring vehicle?
Well our current vehicle is a tour bus which seems to be holding up good!

It’s not messy or anything?
Well every time we’ve toured before we’ve been in a double-decker. This is the first time we’re not. But it’s full of crap, there’s always stage clothes and dirty socks and Doritos but I mean other than that it’s just us driving around in the van.

So you don’t own the van?
No no it’s just a rental company whoever books the tour and whatnot goes through the rental company. We’re sharing a bus with Cannibal Corpse.

Have you been really grabbed by anything that’s been released recently?
Yeah – the new Morbus Chron I really like a lot, that came out a few months ago. I love the new Thantifaxath record, Sacred White Noises – probably my favourite record of this year. Yeah, there have been a bunch of good new releases this year.

How did you choose the name?
Basically I was looking through a bunch of CDs and I looked at one called The Legion, the black metal band and they had a record called Revocation. The title just kinda stuck out to me, I thought it was really cool. I looked it up and no other band had that name. I’m a big fan of one-word band names and I’d just found a one-word band name that no-one else had taken, which was like almost impossible! And thinking what the word means, like taking something back. It had a cool meaning to it. We’re taking metal back, man!

Yeah! Not in like a lame, 80s retro way..
Yeah! In claiming our own sound.

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So you guys have just released an album – what’s next for the band?
Just more touring. We’re not even halfway done with this tour. Got a lot more European gigs to come, then we go over and do Asia, China, we’re playing Singapore, Thailand and then Australia. We’re not gonna be home until about Christmas time.

Who else are you playing with? Or do you not know yet?
Uh – in Asia I’m not sure, I think they’re just headlining shows. Probably local Asian bands who’ll be cool to check out. there’s a different kind of style over there. And then in Australia we’re playing with Thy Art Is Murder, Fit For An Autopsy, all cool death metal bands which will be cool.

Who are you looking forward to seeing at Damnation?
Looking forward to seeing Bolt Thrower, gonna try to check out Code if I can, Wodensthrone, Orange Goblin and St. Vitus.

Yeah, some of the rooms are packed – I’m gonna have to hang around the back so I can get out in time. Is there anything you’d like to say before you play?
Thank you for supporting metal!

 

You can buy the stunning new Revocation album Deathless here.

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