Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Glorious Rebellion Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We're 3 dudes who live in a rat's backyard in FL. We're old, jaded, angry, broke, stunningly handsome and masters of modesty. We're on a quest for something righteous and our soundtrack is the always poignant "I wanna rock" by the immortal Twisted Sister.

2.You have a new album coming out in April, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
It's loud rock music. It's not reinventing the wheel. It's just heavy, loud, rock music. These songs, as well as the other two featured on our previously released 7", were all written at the same time, so I feel like they all have a similar feel both lyrically and in vibe/intensity. We're already working on new material, and the next record will probably be quite a bit different.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Most of our songs are some form of self-deprecation or another. It's all essentially about ownership. Lots of bands right songs that place the blame of their problems elsewhere, which can be a valid form of expression. Our over-arching theme is "The world is shitty. I am not able to fix it. I am the problem. We all are. Fuck everything including myself." A lot of these particular songs are about either the music industry or how much I suck as a person.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Glorious Rebellion'?
I could rattle off some prose about a deeper meaning involving violent uprisings, but the reality is we just thought it sounded cool.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Every show is different. We've played a lot of very great shows and we've had the honor of opening for some of, in my opinion, the best bands touring and making music right now. But overall, we try to make every show special and unique. We're violent live. Our stage performance is meant to be as primal, violent, and raw as we can possibly be. Leave everything you've got onstage EVERY time.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Yes. We're doing a tour April 1-10 with Bardus. You can check out that info here:
We've got a lot of shows following that, including our hometown record release party and opening for the mighty PRONG. In August, we'll probably be hitting the road again for another short tour, as well.

7.The new album is coming out on 'Magnetic Eye Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
This is our second release with them. They're out of Albany, NY. Awesome records made by great bands!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge and noise rock?
I try not to concern myself with any of that stuff. I mean, it's hard not to care, but I think that if you want to make the music you truly enjoy making, you have to be a little bit selfish and kind of ignore that stuff. Also, we're far too small a band to be concerned with the whole world. I don't think we're at that level, yet. Soon enough, hopefully. Right now, we're at the "we're stoked anyone even wants to listen at all" stage.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Like I said before, we've already started writing new material. I think that it'll probably stay in a similar footing to where we are now, but exploring new layers. It's like expanding a city, rather than building a world. We're where we want to be, but it needs to be made better and grow.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Tom Waits, Mike Patton and his various bands(faith no more, mr. bungle, tomahawk, fantomas, etc), Helmet, Failure, The Melvins,  ZZ Top, Kiss, Public Enemy, NWA, Django Reinhardt, John Zorn, lots of random pop music.  As for what I'm listening to right now, that changes a LOT, but the past week or two it's been a lot of Bardus, Waka Flocka Flame, and Hollow Leg.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
art. Both myself and our bassist, CJ, are involved in some sort of art. He paints, I do graphic design. Movies, comic books, regular books.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
something something something social media something something buy stuff something something.

-Billy, The Glorious Rebellion

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