Friday, October 4, 2013

Righteous Vendetta Interview with Rock Forever Magazine

Righteous Vendetta are preparing to released their new album "The Fire Inside" on October 8th and they are currently on tour with Taproot.  We got to chat with their guitarist, Justin Olmstead about all of the band's exciting current events. Check out the exclusive interview below! 

1. What is the inspiration behind the band name?

"There actually isn't any deep meaning to the name. We were just throwing around names when we were starting out with future marketing in mind, and Righteous Vendetta was one that didn't pop up on YouTube or Google when we typed it in and we had never heard a band with that name before."

2. If you could create your dream tour lineup, who would you want to go on tour with?

"Nickelback, Killswitch Engage, Brad Paisley and Demi Lovato. Nickelback because they will bring 15,000 people who love rock music, Killswitch because they are our main musical inspiration, Brad Paisley because he is my personal guitar hero, and Demi Lovato because I want to sing along to Heart Attack like a 13-year-old girl every night. That song is literally incredible."

3. Your new album "The Fire Inside" comes out on October 8th. What inspired you musically and lyrically on this album?

"Lyrically, we have always been influenced by the gospel. However, this record we took a different approach to the context by which we explore the gospel. The songs are heavily influenced by life experiences, and how the gospel has been relevant in our lives, making it very relatable to a lot of listeners. Even though the songs are directly related to our faith for us personally, we want everyone to be able to take something from our music, regardless their beliefs. Musically, our only real inspiration was the desire to push forward and mature as a band. We used to be a pretty cut and dry metalcore band, and our songwriting process was very shallow. We started searching for steps we could take to start solidifying a sound that resulted in longevity for us, not only from a business standpoint, but also from a creative standpoint. That starts with writing good songs that people want to listen to over and over again. We didn't want to slack on anything, so instead of making a record that has its ups and downs, we worked extensively to make sure that every single song had the right amount of catchy, heavy, and melodic to keep the listeners wanting more."

4. You released a music video for your song "This Pain." What is the story behind the music video concept and how does it relate to the theme of the song?

"The overall theme of the song is dealing with suicide. We have all been affected by friends and family members taking their own life, so the subject is very heavy on our hearts. Every issue that people have to deal with can be overcome. Some are harder than others, and some struggles take time, but the only thing suicide does is prevents it from being resolved completely and puts your pain on all of your loved one's shoulders. That is exactly what this song represents. There is a savior to release you from all your struggles and save you from falling victim to your own thoughts of hopelessness."

5. For anyone who doesn't know the band yet, which song from the album do you think best represents you guys?

"The song that best represents us is "What You've Done." It is the song that has been our favorite from the beginning and we will most likely capitalize on the vibe of this song for future RV records."

6. If you had to come up with a mission statement of what you want to accomplish through your music, what would it be?

"Our mission is to spread a message of hope and love derived from the gospel. We want to inspire and encourage people to rid the evils that are causing them hurt and seek true joy, all the while sharing our testimony of finding true joy in the form of our faith."

7. You are currently on tour with Taproot. What has been the most memorable moment of the tour so far?

"It definitely has to be our show at Chaos in Columbus, GA. It was the craziest night we have ever experienced on the road. The show didn't start until around 11:30 PM, so everybody was well past inebriated by that point. I won't go into great detail, but I'm 23 and I don't even think I'm old enough to see some of the things I saw in there. Don't get me wrong, the show was amazing. The crowd was insane, Chris from Chaos who put the show on is one of our new favorite people, and we had an absolute blast meeting everyone that night, but it was definitely a VERY interesting night being a band that doesn't party."

8. What is one fun fact that fans might not know about you?

"Most of our band absolutely loves Bath & Body Works. Yo B&BW, if you're reading this and interested in giving out endorsements, hit us up! We love mango body wash and Christmas candles, so send 'em on over!"

9. What are your upcoming plans and what can fans expect from you in the near future?

"Fans can expect lots and lots of touring on the new record! We will be finishing out the year with a Northeast tour with Trapt and a Southeast run with Hed PE. We will also be releasing a couple music videos early next year, so keep your eyes peeled for that!"

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