We recently caught up with ReVerbed for a chat – find out what happened below!
Could you introduce yourself and tell me a bit about the band?
We are ReVerbed, an aggressive UK pop-punk band based in Brighton.
How did the band form?
We’ve been a band for just over 5 years now, myself, George and Josh met during secondary school and college. After being in other bands previously we decided to form one together. Joe joined on bass about 18 months ago and we’ve been going strong together ever since.
In the past 18 months you’ve played over 200 gigs – would you say the best way to appreciate the band is in a live environment?
We always pride ourselves on our live performances, giving 110% every show. We want our audience to know we’re enjoying it just as much as they are. However, whether at a live show or on record you will always get an accurate representation of ReVerbed.
What’s the best thing about playing live?
That’s difficult because there are so many enjoyable things about performing! But I would probably say seeing the audience enjoy themselves off stage as much as we are on stage, that is a great feeling.
You also released your mini album This Machine last year – could you tell me about the writing and recording process for it?
The album was written and recorded by ourselves over about 12 months. George was the main producer and recorded the majority of the album in the back bedroom of his house. We emptied the airing cupboard and turned it into a makeshift vocal booth and even recorded acoustic guitars in the bathroom! We wanted to really capture our live energy on the record, which we’ve previously not quite been able to master.
As for writing, we branched out into areas we haven’t gone before, whilst aiming to maintain the classic ‘ReVerbed’ sound. Without being too cheesy and cliche about it, we just grew up since our last release. Our writing style has became more direct and honest whereas on our previous album Lies You Can Believe we were just writing songs. Now our songs have an idea and a raw emotion attached within them, meaning more to us and we feel this shows in our performance. Overall it was a great experience for us all, we learnt a lot making us tighter as a band as we couldn’t use studio tricks to fix things. We’re now continuing to record ourselves and have started work on our next release.
If you could go back and change anything, would you?
I think bands and musicians will always want to change things with their songs, whether it’s having something louder or a different drum fill or an extra chorus. But as the whole we’re pleased with how the album turned out, we recorded and manufactured it ourselves and that’s a worthwhile feeling. This was the first time we have released independently and we’ve learnt a lot from this process.
What has been your best experience in the business?
Another tough question, however I think our mini tour of France last Summer was awesome. Organizing this ourselves wasn’t easy as none of us speak French and a lot of people doubted we could pull it off, but we did so that was a nice little fuck you to everyone. We had a great laugh both as band and as friends, it was really enjoyable and some of our best shows to date.
And finally my last question – if ReVerbed could put their name to a product, what would you choose and why?
Yorkshire Tea. 3 of us originally come from Doncaster, South Yorkshire and are proud northerners. It’s the fuel of our recording studio, we drank around 2000 cups of tea while making the album. So Yorkshire Tea hook us up.