Redeem/Revive is a post-hardcore act that have been hard at work, writing and recording for their latest and newest album, "Free Minds". "Omen" is one of the singles turned videos off this album, that's really drawing in the attention for these guys. Bassist Gerardo Rosales discusses the new album, single, and plans for their future.
1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Gerardo: We formed fall of 2012 when we decided to break up the bands we were in and start a super group, that consisted of Josh, Aldo, Kriss, & Gerardo we picked up our second guitarist tony later down the road and have been at it ever since. Early on we started with vocal covers of Crown the Empire & Issues that got a lot of traction, after that we self released two E.Ps & played as many shows as we could, including opening up the first ever Self Help Fest, it was awesome! Fast forward and we are now on Stay Sick Records getting ready to release our debut full length!
2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?
Gerardo: We were all in our practice space when trying to think of something up and our singer Josh had this list of potential band names, most of which were terrible by the way haha, but one of them stood out to me. Redeem Revive! I asked the guys, what they thought, that's when we added the slash and that is how we got the name Redeem/Revive the name was fitting for us as we were redeeming ourselves from our old projects and Reviving as something better.
3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
Gerardo: The band is based out of Southern California. Myself & Kriss are from the Perris/Moreno Valley area, Tony is from Menifee, Josh is from Hemet & Aldo is from San Diego. The scene here in SoCal is crazy! It's always changing, new bands are always forming, others breaking up, its hard to keep up with it all but we still love it! Our old guitarists new band Thousand Below just signed to Rise Records, I highly recommend them as well as our buddies in Asylus, Voidlines, & Slncr. All from the SoCal area!
4. How would you describe your style?
Gerardo: It's hard to describe, we all have extremely different musical influences & it is definitely shown in our newer material but I would say along the lines of Post-Hardcore & Hard Rock.
5. What can be said about your latest album, and why should people go check it out?
Gerardo: Every song off our new album is a banger! Personally when I listen to an album I always skip to the two or three songs that I enjoy the most, but that's not the case with ours. I always have to listen to every track from start to finish. The songs all differ in style so there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy. Whether it be catchy, heavy, or just something different, we got you covered.
6. If you had to pick one song of yours, for someone to hear, to be introduced to you guys, which one would you pick and why?
Gerardo: That's a hard one, but if I had to choose, it would be "Omen" because it's catchy, heavy, & it still has a uniqueness to it that would leave you wanting more.
7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?
Gerardo: No tours at the moment, but we are ready to hit the road! Its our dream and we will make it a reality! As for shows, we have our CD release show coming up at Chain Reaction on 03.03 in Anaheim CA. Make sure to stop by if you're in the area & pick up our new album!
8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?
Gerardo: Right now having a successful album release is our top priority, we plan to release new video content & singles in the coming month. After our album drops in march we want to tour the nation & eventually take the world by storm.
9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Gerardo: You can check out our tunes on our YouTube or Facebook as well as the StaySick YouTube page. Our old material is available on iTunes & You can pre-order our upcoming album at staysickrecordings.merchnow.com.
10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?
Gerardo: We want them to enjoy the music as we do, we want them to feel what we are feeling, this album is a very personal album about our experiences as a band, what we have been through & we just want all that emotion, to impact our listeners in a positive way.