Get out the popcorn and prepare yourself. Post-metalcore rockers, Revision, Revised are bringing a collection of short stories, told through their music, to listeners around the world. Charles Cody Wilds (vocals), Evan Williams (guitar), Jesse Wall (guitar), Jared Webb (bass), and Mike Johnson (drums) paint a picture of fantasy and torment with each tune.
Surprises are not always fun. As a DIY band, Revision, Revised must do everything from booking tours to writing and recording for their band. They try to plan for every eventuality, but sometimes the unexpected happens. On a recent tour, the shows were lined up, contracts signed, and fans were waiting, when out of nowhere…the van breaks down. Wilds explains, “We couldn’t get the hood open, to even look, because it was frozen shut. It was bad. There was so much smoke”. Car trouble blows, but it is a fixable problem, except it was the middle of the night with temperatures plummeting to -30, and a holiday weekend. Unfamiliar with the city of Akron, Revision, Revised chose a budget-friendly hotel closest to their location. The cab driver warned them not to stay there, but the exhausted (and worried) travelers just wanted to rest. The bandmates did not care, they needed time to re-group, even in a room with a gaping hole in the ceiling.
Stuck in The Twilight Zone. The hotel had seen better days, which sparked the interest of Revision, Revised, who admit to being horror movie buffs. With two days to kill before the van would be road-ready, they set out to explore the faded beauty of the hotel. Their first stop was the swimming pool, located on one of the top floors, above the rooms. It was blocked off with a chair. The band separated to cover more ground in search of a microwave. One group found a beautiful ballroom, eerily quiet and devoid of modern décor. To their surprise, the door was unlocked, so they entered to look around. It was an interesting place, with a lounge and small service area. Excited to tell the others, they left the room, leaving the door unlocked behind them. No one was in sight, the halls quiet and empty, yet when they returned within minutes…the door was locked. Along with the goosebumps spreading up their arms, the collective imagination of Revision, Revised went wild. An unexpected stop may lead to a concept album, scary enough to match their haunted hotel experience.
Revision is how it begins. “Jinzo” was one of the first songs I heard by Revision, Revised. The tune opens with a soft, sweet melody, and a clock ticking in the background. The song does not stay calm for long, but builds in intensity like an epic novel. With stunning clean and unclean vocals, hard hitting bass, creative drum fills and powerful guitar riffs, the lyrics tell a story that will leave you gasping for breath. Words from the song say, “I always knew you were the one/Who made me feel like I don’t belong/You’ll never see my face again”. We have all known people who made us feel as if we were not quite good enough. This song is a statement of strength, in that, those are the people you leave behind. It is about moving forward, without needing to belong in a situation you do not want to be in.
Revised is how it ends. “Clocksweeper” is one of the bands newest songs, telling a horror story with words. Liner notes explain the movement of the story, but nothing will prepare you for the ending. Because it does not end. Beginning with a massive breakdown, the song commands your full attention and never lets go. The music complements the story, but neither overpower the other. It transforms from haunting rhythms to impressive melodies leaving the listener craving more.
Divide and conquer. Often, the only way to accomplish a mountain of tasks it takes to keep a band running, Revision, Revised each take responsibility for a part. The end result is a music machine and more. Wilds owns and operates Hollow Grave Clothing Company, a successful source of revenue for the band. Wall is co-owner of Solid Ground Studio, in West Virginia, providing the production and sound advice. Their debut EP, Dead Icons, was recently released with an astounding fan reaction. Revision, Revised will continue to tour as often as possible, and are always working on new songs and stories with their signature post-metalcore style. I am stocking up on popcorn, turning down the lights, and waiting to see how two nights in a scary hotel will be translated to the next Revision, Revised album.