Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TOR: Without a doubt, we are a rock band. We draw influences from so many different styles of music, but at our core we are rock n’ roll.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TOR: It’s been a long, winding road to get where we are today. I was writing and performing music in my early 20’s when a tragedy completely took over my life and ended any involvement I had in the music scene for almost 6 years. In that time I wrote a collection of songs as a form of self therapy that later became our first record “Hear This”.
After the first record and the tours that followed, we began working on new music. In that time, Ian Cook and Andrew Carew of Larry and his Flask made their way into the band. Ian, our bass player Jesse and drummer Gus had all grown up together playing music, so when they joined it was like we had always been playing together. We went straight to the studio and started recording “9 Meals from Anarchy”. It’s brought out all of our influences and made The Old Revival into a new monster, and it’s a monster that I like.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TOR: That’s always such a big question, because our influences are so vast. I think one of our influences you will hear on this record will be all of our love for Queen. But, we all kind of grew up on punk rock, and I think that defiance and style bleeds through as well. I’m also listening to Willie Nelson as I write this, so we are kind of all over the place.
You gotta love Willie for the lyrics, punk rock for that attitude, and bands like Van Halen and Queen for the musicianship. That would be about the best way I could sum up our influences as a band.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TOR: We just love to play and write music. That has alway been at the core of this band. We just want to keep creating and playing it for people that want to hear it. As long as we keep getting to write and perform, I think as a musician that’s about all you can ask for.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TOR: Well, for the first record, I wrote all the songs on my own over time. As I started to look at making our second record, for some reason I felt a little uninspired. I just didn’t want to write 10 more songs and put them out. It felt stale for me at the time. That’s where the idea of the concept record “9 Meals from Anarchy” was born. It was something that ignited a passion to write something new. I wrote a large collection of songs, laying the platform and the concept of a rock opera. But as Ian and Andrew joined that band we all started to write together. Ian and I would sit down and collaborate, constantly demoing new songs. The new record has a lot more of all of us writing, rather than just myself.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TOR: We use social media to promote and try to reach out to new listeners just like anyone else. But back when shows were still happening, I was always a big believer in pounding the pavement and talking to people. Hand out a flyer, have a conversation.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TOR: I do miss the days when you had to find out what day an album came out, wait at the store to buy it and throw it in a CD player. At the same time to hear new music you had to get a ride to the record store or borrow it from your friends. I do think the upside is how accessible it makes music to people who want to hear it. You can just jump online and hear every song Van Halen ever recorded with the click of a button. For a 13 kid learning guitar, that’s pretty great.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TOR: Basically every Billy Joel song. It’s all just so damn good.
Also, John Williams Jurassic Park theme. Does it get any better than that?
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TOR: In all honesty I don’t think I really have any big ones, maybe people not being on time. I tell that to Jesse every time he rolls into practice 15 min late too.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TOR: For me personally, it would be making our upcoming record.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TOR: Our Second record “9 Meals from Anarchy” is coming out everywhere on November 20th. We recorded it over about 9 months in Bend, Oregon at The Firing room with Dayne Wood. It’s a loosely based concept record written around Alfred Henry Lewis’ theory that any society is only 9 missed meals away from descending into chaos and anarchy.
With this album, we were really able to take the time to capture every sound we wanted people to hear. From the horns, piano, harmonies and guitar work, the songs all got the treatment they deserved. It’s something we are really proud of.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
TOR: We have our new single “Beggars Dime” out on all digital music platforms everywhere under “The Old Revival”
The new record “9 Meals From Anarchy” will be out on Friday, November 20th.
You can listen to our first album “Hear This” under Brandon Prinzing & The Old Revival on all digital platforms as well.
PD: Tell us about the new song/video!
TOR: Our first single “Beggars Dime” just came out on November 6th. It’s a song that really captures the spirit of the record, and sets the tone for what’s to come. It’s a fun rock song with some more serious subject matter lyrically, and that is a bit of a theme of the whole album. Coming alive when everything is falling apart.