Blending gritty rock and roll melodies reminiscent of bands like Cage the Elephant, with some nice Country hints – The Freeway Revival are back with their new highly infectious new single “Sense of Wonder”.
What’s in a name? Sometimes nothing, and sometimes everything. In the case of The Freeway Revival, the latter certainly seems to ring true. Theirs is music that was born from the energy and the spirit that comes from a life spent on the road, and the packed tour schedule they have maintained since their inception has strengthened their sound- a healthy mix of guitar driven soul and rock n roll with a flare of psychedelic, complimented by four part vocal harmonies.
After releasing an introductory self-titled EP in 2016, logging numerous tour dates including appearances at the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam By Day and the Mountain Sports Festival The Freeway Revival is set to release their first full length album titled Revolution Road on September 1st, 2017.
The band began with twin brothers Adam and Jonathan Clayton, on keys and guitar respectively. In 2015, with the addition of singer and bassist Kenny Crowley, blazing young guitarist Tim Husk, and the John Bonham-style drumming of Cartwright Brandon, the current brotherhood was formed. With musical influences ranging from the Allman Brothers and Little Feat to The Band, Led Zeppelin, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and the like, finding their footing among the vintage rockers of the 60s and 70s may sound daunting. But after listening to songs like the poetic rock track “When It Breaks”, the funky barn-burner jam “Soul Survivor”, or the introspective soul offering “Rise” it’s clear that the boys of The Freeway Revival are game for the challenge. All four members are independent songwriters who challenge each other yet collaborate in harmony. Music is their church and the road is their home.
The biggest proof of this is in the new album. “A lot of it is about our personal experiences, and our portrayal of the current American landscape. But more than that, it’s about the expression of freedom and living truthfully. It’s about being kind and authentic to others and in return taking that vibe and projecting it in our music” Kenny explains. “That’s why we called it Revolution Road. It’s not as much a revolt against something as it is a celebration of keeping the wheels turning towards the positive things in life now and in the future.”
“We’ve weathered some delays in terms of the recording process, all in the name of putting the best version of this vision to tape. Toss in the fact that we are on the road constantly, and it all gets a touch overwhelming”, says Adam. “But we are extremely happy with the outcome of the record, and we tip our hat to producer Matt Hueneman who wasn’t afraid to send us back to the woodshed during the recording process in search of excellence. It’s also very important to get into different markets and in front of new music fans, because this is what we all want to do and we’re completely dedicated to it. We’re hoping it will launch us into national success.” Now with a brand-new album, a tireless work ethic and equal doses of faith and passion Freeway Revival is hungry for what’s next.
In addition, the band sit down for an interview to discuss the single and more!
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Greetings Vents Magazine and thank you for speaking with us today. Things have been busy for The Freeway Revival in 2017. The band has been on the road a lot this year breaking ground in new cities and festivals as well as finishing the recording of our upcoming album “Revolution Road.”
Can you talk to us more about your song “Sense of Wonder”?
Absolutely! This song was originally written by our bassist and singer, Kenny Crowley during his time in San Francisco a few years ago. He brought it to the table and we all loved it, so we all added our own flavor to it and it evolved into what it is now.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The inspiration for this song came from a moment of spiritual growth that can only sprout from an internal personal breakdown or breakthrough, all while staring out at the powerful ocean on one of those wild California beaches. One of those moments where you realize all the things that are actually important in life, and all that other crap just falls away and everything feels beautiful.
Any plans to release a video for the track?
No plans for a video for Sense of Wonder yet, but we do have a video sneak peek of us in the studio recording our song “Wise Up”. Find it here: https://youtu.be/EDfRhFoHGI0
The single comes off your new album Revolution Road – what’s the story behind the title?
Revolution Road has a lot of different meanings for us, mostly because we are always on the road! That is the lifestyle we live, sharing our music and our message with as many folks as we can. A big part of that message and that lifestyle is doing our best to always bring a positive and friendly energy to everyone we meet along the way. Our music carries that energy as well and when we perform we are having the time of our lives. When we are out there doing our thing it feels like true freedom, and it feels like we are expressing that feeling and sharing that joy with everyone. That experience in and of itself is something quite revolutionary.
How was the recording and writing process?
We are very lucky to have four songwriters and contributors that are full time members of the band. This made our writing process for “Revolution Road” unique. We recorded a mixture of new material and a few older songs we each wanted to revisit from each of our previous project’s records. The songs that were redone were reworked musically and freshened up a lot. Once a new song or musical idea is started by one or a few of us, from there we can have as many as four different ideas about the way the song or part should be. The fun part is to find a creative way to make them all work together. Writing together was never difficult as our styles kind of meld together in a very harmonious way. All of our writing styles are very different but also very complementary to each other. We all also have the foresight to sacrifice our wants to what serves the song the best. We did this for each song and just followed what felt right.
How has The Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin influence your writing?
The Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin are the rock and roll we were raised on. We learned about music and how to write songs with thought out musical parts and soulful lyrics from both of these bands. We of course had to develop our own way to be creative and express ourselves but it was these bands that left behind good cliff notes on how to become an effective songwriter and performer.
The Allman Brothers have influenced us on a lot on how our instrumentation is set up. We have two lead guitar players playing guitar harmonies, which is a corner stone of ABB, and we also rely heavily on the organ and vocal harmonies to make the music full and rich.
Led Zeppelin’s influence is found in our musical syncopation, tempo changes, and the way that the band plays very intently and passionately live.
What is it about the 60s and 70s music scene that you enjoy so much?
The 60s and 70s was a very exciting time for music. With all the changes happening in the world, music was tapped into expressing the good and bad aspects of those changes. And everyone could relate to it. This is what makes this era of music relevant, enjoyable, and memorable to many listeners even to this day. Musicians and record labels were also discovering what rock n roll was. This had to be an inspiring time to be a musician and band. Many of rock’s masterpieces were inspired, written, and recorded during this era of discovery and many of these bands are still major influences on music today.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Inspiration is a funny thing that way. Sometimes you struggle and work endlessly to write something and sometimes something beautiful just pours through you out of nowhere. It all depends on how dedicated you are to making time for it and whether you’re willing to “call the muse your way”
Any plans to hit the road?
Always! We have the pleasure to be returning to the Northeast US as part of our “Revolution Road” album release tour. We will be visiting many cites and playing some music with some good friends of ours along the way. Check out our tour dates at www.freewayrevival.com
What else is happening next in The Freeway Revival’s world?
Lots of US touring! We are also hoping to plan a European tour in 2018 as well as a live album, stay tuned for that!