In a market flooded by superficial sentiments, dentist-drill melodies, and a "you-pick-two" menu of drum grooves, guitar licks, and bass lines, Revolution One opts for a rock-infused, authentic exploration of raw, what-the-hell human emotions: disappointment, dissatisfaction, and discouragement among them. Relying on neither cliché, teenage-variety angst nor melodrama, the band reaches for a soul-level connection with its listeners, pushing through pent-up and right on to revelation.
In fact, it’s the pushing-through that drives the band—sonically, musically, and lyrically. As frontman, Bryan Roach, explains, the name Revolution One is about “coming full-circle.” He continues, “It’s about resilience and perseverance and standing up, as one, for what you believe.” Guitarist Zack Alexopulos adds, “We want our music to create a moment in people’s lives . . . we want it to take them places they’re afraid to go on their own.” With musical influences ranging from pop-culture icons (U2, 30STM, One Republic, Kings of Leon) to indie acts such as Rogue Wave and Biffy Clyro, creating “moments” isn’t as much desire as it is DNA.
Clearly, for Revolution One music is more than only passive entertainment. It’s intended to start something . . . to challenge us to seek out and support what’s good and right and real. Of course, music with aspirations of illuminating truth doesn’t just happen, and with a combination of independent- and major-label experience, Revolution One certainly understands the requisite inspiration-to-perspiration ratio.
Still, while the band’s work has garnered nods from the likes of MTV and Toyota, they don’t take themselves too terribly seriously. Drummer Andy Herrin and bassist, Brandon Armstrong, add a certain self-deprecating camaraderie to rehearsals, and the foursome’s chemistry is evident both off-stage and on. The translation of their studio recordings (full-length Souvenirs and April 2011s Lay Down Our Lives EP) into live shows is seamless—a rare combination of energy and thought. In short, the band comes prepared to make an offering to its listeners, and from the first note, there’s a thick anticipation—a sense that something significant is about to happen. There’s skill, talent, heart, and a willingness to “drain my spirit dry” . . . and there it is: a moment.