Revocation’s Dave Davidson: The Gun Shy Assassin Interview


On March 5, Boston-based metal act Revocation will headline the 2011 installment of the Rock Your Face Off Fest — which is a production completely organized and masterminded by Nefarious Realm; Gun Shy Assassin is one of the many sponsors of the fest, which also features Burning Human, Orwell, and others. The Rock Your Face Off Fest is set to take over Ralph’s Rock Diner in Worcester, Massachusetts, so for Revocation this will be something of a hometown show…given Ralph’s proximity to the Greater Boston area.

“We haven’t played Worcester since the Darkest Hour tour we did, so it’s going to be good to get down there and play,” Revocation’s Dave Davidson tells Gun Shy Assassin, before telling me about the band’s forthcoming record, which Revocation are now working on at Damage Studios in Southbridge, Massachusetts, with engineer Pete Rutchko. “He did our last record” — Existence Is Futile — “so we’re going with him again. He’s a great dude to work with. We’re pretty stoked on it.”

He says the band’s about 70 percent done with the record and Revocation hope to have it wrapped up by the end of January, with a release date being eyed for this coming summer. “We’re doing 12 songs, and a cover for international releases — a cover of Faith No More’s ‘Surprise — You’re Dead.’ The record definitely has elements of thrash here and there, but it also has a lot of parts that groove really hard. We are doing a lot of different stuff on this record. Its all under the metal umbrella, but we’re mixing it up a little bit in different ways.”

There is no title yet for the record, and there are no solid song titles at this point either. Those decisions will be made soon, though — as will several decisions regarding Revocation’s future touring plans. Those plans are just starting to take shape now, but will likely include a trek in March with a “legendary death metal band who were very progressive and forward-thinking for their time.” Anyone want to take any guesses?

While Revocation have often been called either thrash or death metal, Davidson tells GSA he doesn’t think his band is anything other than just pure, raw metal, really.

“Our style is pretty diverse, as it is,” he explains. “We have so many different influences, from thrash metal to death metal to grindcore…we like it all. There are different aspects of those sounds that find their way into our style, so are we a straight-up thrash band? No. I wouldn’t call us a death metal band either. To say that we’re just one genre doesn’t really fully encompass the whole sound. The new record has a ton of awesome, really strong material, with a few twists and turns here and there that I think people will be pretty surprised with and hopefully pretty stoked on.”

Revocation are looking forward to playing the Rock Your Face Off Fest, because according to Davidson, such events are important for the scene. “To be able to go to see a huge, all-day long concert, it’s pretty awesome. And at the same time, if you buy tickets for one or two bands you really like, you may find three or four more bands you’ve never heard of who rock your socks off to. The variety of bands at Rock Your Face Off and the ability to see a ton of new music over the course of a day, it’s really going to make an event out of it.”

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