Australian rockers Revoid tell us that their latest track may not be everyone’s cup of tea as “it is a heavier song.” But that particular shift in focus is music to our ears, even though the majority of their music is pretty damn heavy.
The Brisbane quartet evolved from the high school project of frontman Dale Dudeson and guitarist Jack Carey and the band have worked tirelessly to get themselves into a position to release professional music.
Our latest taste of this is their EP Reform & Regret, which was released at the end of January. From it, they sent us the aforementioned heavier track Tooth Avenue.
And it’s seriously heavy right from the off, with growled vocals over heavy drums then a bouncy guitar riff over screams. High-pitched guitars come in over the top of guitar chords in an atmospheric chorus, then huge guttural screams take over alongside the opening riff.
That drops into a heavier section of the bouncy riff then a pause for breath with a little bass filler, which gives way to another huge chorus. It stops for a second, then a section of spoken vocals over heavy chords and high-pitched guitars to bring the track to an end. Give it a listen below:
The fact that this track is heavier doesn’t mean the rest of the EP isn’t heavy. Most recent single Running With Scissors shows a more melodic side to the band, with clean vocals through an opening verse that gradually builds up to an atmospheric chorus.
The intense screamed vocals return for the second verse, which gives way to cool spinning guitars and booming drums before the pace drops right down. It soon bursts into another chorus featuring repeats of “Let me change myself into another, All I know is hell,” then it ends on intense screamed vocals.
We’re enjoying the band’s ability to mix up their sound from crushingly heavy with moments of melody throughout the EP. So we had a chat with frontman Dale Dudeson to find out more about the band. Read on below…
GR: Who are Revoid?
DD: “Revoid started from the wreckage of our former project that Jack and I created back in high school. We grew up on music, but we wanted an outlet that expressed what we wanted to feel and say. Jack moved to Brisbane and I just didn’t have the means to make the leap from Cairns myself, but that never stopped us from writing songs and letting our imaginations run wild.
“We went into a studio to record our first EP, which was enough to
catch the interest of our drummer Jordan, we carried on, piecing things together as best as we could, and as our other guitarist ‘Krusty’ joined, it became abundantly clear how out of our depth we were when it came to taking professional steps within the industry.
The lack of direction really started to take its toll on us, so we put down the band idea for a bit and took our time to revise and come at things from a new angle, and so, Revoid. Even if we weren’t playing shows, we worked tirelessly behind the scenes to improve our material, skills and vision so we could come back with a much stronger sound, and have what we needed to take our first real step into professional music.”
GR: You just released Tooth Avenue. What’s the reception been like for the track? What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
DD: “Tooth Avenue originally came from an entirely separate body of work. When I finally got myself to Brisbane, Jack was going through with his girlfriend at the time, and nothing fuels creativity like a bad breakup!
“Tooth Avenue expresses the idea of how far you have to be willing to go, to push yourself to do better, and to be better, even if that means changing what were once the best parts of you. It’s one of our heavier songs, made specifically to express the weight of a situation and how gruelling such an internalised fight can be.
“As a concept, it’s been pretty well received with some positive reviews coming in from all over the place and some great feedback, but given that it is a heavier song, it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
DD: “We try and keep a pretty broad idea to our sound. Each of us comes from different backgrounds with different tastes, so we try and incorporate that as best we can. We pour feeling into everything we create, so even if the tones and sounds may vary from song to song we never compromise what we’re trying to say for the sake of variety.
“I endeavour to keep things fairly gritty, but to balance it will relatable thoughts, feelings, and emotions.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
DD: “I personally have quite a bit of trouble writing songs based on personal experience since I go through things a lot differently to other people. I guess it’s less about expressing my emotions, but more genuinely feeling them, so I take a lot of influence and emotion from the experiences that other people go through.
“All the songs on the Reform & Regret EP are about change and growth, so I guess even if I didn’t directly go through the things I’ve written about, I still relate very strongly to the concept.
“Lyrics and concepts aside, I write music that would be best suited to a live experience, and that really inspire myself and others to get involved somehow, whether it be singing along, headbanging or crowdkilling. Music is such a wild thing to be able to make and enjoy, so if not for the crowd, I do it for myself and how much I enjoy it.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
DD: “We really have a great variety of influences when it comes to music, so incorporating them all is sometimes a bit of a struggle. I personally love bands like Thy Art Is Murder, Emmure and Chelsea Grin, but we’ve all got a fondness for bands like Bring Me The Horizon and Architects. We aim to keep our sound fairly original, but we love elements in songs for a
reason, so of course we’re going to try and incorporate and personalise them.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
DD: “We have an open schedule for shows so far, but we’re concentrating on writing and recording more material at a studio in Sydney, so something new could definitely be on the cards for later this year.”