Revolution, I Love You
Who’s Revolution, I Love You? How you guys all met?
Revolution, I Love You is just the two of us, Rob and J. We both sing, play guitar, play keyboards, and program the beats. We’ve actually been playing music together since we met in high school when we were 16 and 17.
What’s the story behind the band’s name?
In the 1960s there was a student-worker uprising in Paris. They took over factories, occupied universities, and covered the walls with graffiti slogans. One of them was “Revolution, I Love You.”
What are your music influences?
Recently, we’ve been listening to and talking about James Blake, M83, The Jesus and Mary Chain, [that band j has been listening to], and Nirvana a lot. A whole big mess of stuff. On the one hand, we love beautiful songs with beautiful singers, like Otis Redding and The Beatles and Al Green. But on the other hand we REALLY like guitar feedback too.
How was it to open for Pandora’s Bliss?
FUCKING AMAZING. They are all beautiful people and I wish they didn’t live so far away so we could see them more! There was lots of hanging out of car windows, singing at the top of our lungs, drinking til 5am, and raising a ruckus wherever we went. Their drummer, Roman, even played with us at a few shows, which was crazy…neither J nor I had been on stage with a drummer in 5 years. We’re just a two piece, you know.
Oh god we even got paid in weed once! What a weird, wonderful ride haha.
“Cotton Shirts”. How was the recording and writing process for this single? Any release date for the UK?
We actually wrote and recorded most of this one while we were mixing our last release, We Choose to Go to the Moon. We had our laptop and monitors all set up in the living room (where I do our mixing), and these little ideas that we’d both had floating around started just coming together. It was one of those beautiful, rare instances where the lyrics are totally complete before you even TRY torecord vocals, so what you hear on the recording is all first and second takes. Which is nice, because I usually have to re-record them after re-writing the lyrics several times hahaha.
After We Choose to Go to the Moon had been out for a few months, we dug in and polished this track off. We actually recorded the majority of three (I think three) other songs, but none of their lyrics are complete, so… yeah, it’s always the lyrics getting in the way!
We are actually talking to a small UK label about releasing the single, so yes actually! That isn’t confirmed yet and won’t be for a few months, but we’re crossing our fingers and looking forward to it!
What has been the funniest moment you guys have been or took part while touring?
There’s this song by Little Barrie called “How Come” that we just had on repeat the whole tour, a very nice gentleman at a radio station in New Jersey gave it to Annie from Pandora’s Bliss. After our last New York show I was driving everyone back to a friend’s house where we were going to stay the night, and when this song came on I opened up my sunroof (I know, I’m a lucky bastard) and Annie and Roman from Pandora’s Bliss jumped up through it and started screaming and dancing and waving their arms out of the top of my car. Everyone was a bit drunk, exhausted, and delirious.
Are there any more plans for the near future?
Oh hell yes. All kinds of plans. We have new material that we’d like to release as singles over the next few months, and we’d like to release an EPnext year. We’re even seriously considering a small European tour next summer, but don’t tell anyone about that yet
What’s your method at the time of writing a song?
We write in bits and pieces all the time. We both take short notes on our phones or on scraps of paper as we go through our respective days, and then when we have time we sit down and try to put some of those pieces together. It’s a bit like working on a collage, trying to find ways to make all these different ideas work together.
Do you guys feel you are moving on the right direction?
Absolutely. Every year goes better and better for us. We just want to speed the process up a bit so we can leave those pesky day jobs and just wake up every morning thinking, “What songs am I going to write today?”
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