INTERVIEW: Redeem/Revive

Hailing from Southern California, Redeem/Revive formed late 2012 when members disbanded their previous projects to unite as one, bringing all of their unique skill sets to the table. The band released their self-titled EP in its entirety in October 2013. Redeem/Revive later went on to sign with Stay Sick Recordings, release their debut album Free Minds in 2017, and tour across the United States and Europe. Now, the band is entering into 2020 with a fresh new sound and lineup change. Earlier this month, they released a brand new single called “Somehow”—the first of many new singles to come from the band this year.

Stream “Somehow” here:

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Great! Thank you for having us!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Somehow”?

I just want to start off by saying we’re so grateful to have such amazing support behind us and we want to thank all of our longtime fans for waiting so patiently for us to finally be able to release music again! “Somehow” is the latest song we have out. It’s been 3 years since we’ve released anything new and we know our fans have been waiting a long, long time. Truthfully, we took some time to figure ourselves out and what direction we  really wanted to go in. All in all I’m very pleased with the outcome. The song was produced by Jacob Mares and it’s honestly one of my favorite songs that we’ve ever created.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Late 2017 I was feeling overwhelmed with love loss, past relationships and burned bridges. I was tired of feeling that constant let down. I wanted to take a step in a new direction and make the best out of a bad situation. In short, “Somehow,” means hope. I’m not giving up, I can try somehow, somehow I’ll find a way, I don’t know how, but I will and it’s going to be okay.  That’s why we chose this song to be the first song we released as our comeback. It’s our first step step in a new direction.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording process was very hectic to say the least. We all live far from each other so finding time where we can all come together seems to be our biggest obstacle. There were a total of 3 engineers that had their hand in the project. Jacob Mares our main producer, Joseph Mac handled vocal production, and lastly Nik Trekov mixed and mastered the final product. We’re lucky to have such an amazing team. As far as the writing, that was the easy part, everything just flows when we get together.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Filming the video was equally as hectic. It was shot in 2 parts. We shot the first part before we left for tour. Unfortunately, by then we had made some lineup changes. So we obviously had to re-shoot some footage. I remember asking my barber to cut my hair exactly how I had it in the first take so that we could keep the continuity. I know that sounds silly but we feel like that’s a level of detail we’ve come to expect from ourselves.

What role does Southern California play in your music?

Southern California has always been good to us. It’s where we got our start, where we grew up. It’s beautiful. There’s so many musicians and artists that are from here. We’re all scattered around, so we know producers and musicians in LA, Orange County, San Diego and we’ve surrounded ourselves with great musicians and very talented individuals, not just In the rock and metal genre but in hip hop and r&b. It adds a different element to our music.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new EP or album—How’s that coming along?

I’m going to just say this is the first of many singles haha.

Any plans to hit the road?

Given the state of the world right now we’re doing all that we can to stay as active as possible while still following all of the recommended health guidelines. That being said; we are very much looking forward to playing all these new songs live for everyone!

What else is happening next in Redeem/Revive’s world?

You can expect more music! We spent a lot of our time away writing music so now we’re just in the process of creating visual media to pair with all the songs we have. We went too long without putting anything out. I think it’s only fair that we get straight to it and keep on releasing songs one after another.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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