Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
ROTF: We are a 5 piece band from Lisbon, Portugal. Our main musical genre is metal, though we flirt with other genres and that is audible in the music we make, most specially on our most recent recording, the “Echo Chambers” album, released last April.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
ROTF: Well, we started at the end of 2017. Had a slow start, as most of us had other projects, just making enough songs to make a live appearance early in 2018, in a club in our hometown, which was the spark we needed. From then on, we fully focused entirely on this project, and in the same year we released our first EP “Pareidolia”.
From there to here, we recorded in 2018 the “UnBroken” EP and the 2021 “Echo Chambers” album.
All of them, plus a one-off single called “The Ballad Of The Saints”, which was released on the first day of 2021, are available on every streaming platform.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
ROTF: That varies a lot between band members. On a non musical influence scene, even in a political spectrum, we tend to have different perspectives about some issues, but we all talk a lot about those topics, and we are all mature enough to realise we come all from the same place, and we’ll all end up in the same place as well.
It’s that humanity inside this band that makes it work so perfectly.
Music wise, we too have our different influences.
Sure, we all love the same metal bands that we all grew up with, but somewhere in our personal history, we have grown into different genres and musical references. Electronic music has a huge part on our influences, as do the blues or black metal too.
If we can make a painting with a multitude of colours, why just stick with one?
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
ROTF: We aspire to make music that we are proud of. As simple and direct as this.
It has to make all 5 of us feel something inside.
Somehow we have this great dynamic and we can take a simple riff and make it a beautiful song.
As an example, we’d dare people to go listen to our native language (Portuguese) song “Ilusão”, to understand what was said.
The verse riff was a guitar riff that spawned itself in that early part of the rehearsal, where every one is tuning their gear.
Then we started developing it, and it became the music that you’ll hear.
Dreaming further down the road, we’d like to see ourselves on bigger stages out there, and see the name “Revenge Of The Fallen” more associated with us, rather than the Transformers franchise!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
ROTF: Mainly the music part comes from the guitarist Fábio, and the lyrics are written and the vocal lines are “designed” by the vocalist, Cláudio.
This is the main dynamic of the band, to what creating music is related.
Though in the last album we had a massive input from every other member, which helped to carve the present sound of the band.
The music we create is very centred in our own feelings, love, death, surviving life’s curveballs and sticking to your guns in order to move on, always, to a better place.
It’s our experiences, our emotions, condensed into a 4 or 5 minute track.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
ROTF: We are a DIY band.
Every little detail of our work, it’s done by us.
The music, the videos, merch, etc, it’s all done by us.
We’re not control freaks, but we have a very unique way of working that has satisfied ourselves thus far. We never know what tomorrow lies in the cards for us, but we’ve seen bands fall apart right next to signing a deal, so… for now, we’ll keep on doing it ourselves.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
ROTF: We think it’s great. Even if it’s for free! We have no issues with that, whatsoever.
It’s a way to promote our work.
Sure, it costs money to record an album. Record labels spend money to record said albums.
And they want not only their money back, but a good slice of the pie, even after break even.
That’s why the music industry is failing everyone: the greed behind the deals are taking their toll.
Possibly that’s the reason why so many people started recording studios in their houses, and whatnot.
It’s not the same extravaganza as to record in a Hollywood studio, but for many people out there, if you want your music to be out there, you’ll do whatever it’s possible.
That’s what we did and we’re damn proud of it.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
ROTF: That’s an interesting question, because we’d be flattered if someone said that they wished they had written our music, any song.
Therefore, praising all the good musicians and bands out there, it would be an insult if we mentioned just a few and not all of them. There is great music out there, one just has to search for the right one.
And that right one can make sense to you, but be meaningless to me!
That’s something very unique about art, especially music: it touches people in different ways.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
ROTF: There aren’t many things that can annoy us to a point that it may affect us negatively.
People would have to make a huge effort and go beyond themselves to make our blood boil.
We are positive thinkers, we want to stay that way, even when the world tells us not to.
It’s a constant “fight”, but we are resilient SOB’s.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
ROTF: The release of “Echo Chambers”.
That was the pinnacle, up to this moment, of our legacy.
We were able to, amidst a worldwide pandemic that has taken so many lives, shut down so many businesses, made our lives hold into a seemingly never ending cycle, to record an album, with songs we wrote during the same time, that reflected who we were and what we felt at the time.
As we said in previous interviews, the pandemic was a dark time for mankind, but somehow we were able to travel between the tragedy and make something positive out of it.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
ROTF: First of all, we are still promoting our album, “Echo Chambers”. That’s the main objective and that’s where the main focus is.
Nevertheless, we are currently trying to expand our music across human borders.
We have established ourselves in our country now, so it’s time to travel abroad and let other people know the music we play. There’s a whole world out there.
This means we have a lot of work in our hands, which we are totally fine with, in order to achieve our goals.
At the same time, we are already writing some new material, which may be included on our next record.
It’s all very exciting and we are very pleased to be able to do all of this.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
ROTF: We have the full catalogue available on every streaming service, you can help us out by buying or music there, or by acquiring our merch, through or facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/revengeofthefallenpt/
Any help is, as usual, very much appreciated!
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