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Dan Gargiulo – Guitar for Revocation

Date: 8/8/16
Interviewed By: Rich Catino


1. Congratulations on the new album “Great Is Our Sin” entering the Billboard charts. How does that effect the promotion and touring for the album?

DAN: We see more people at the merch table, which is awesome, but whether our album sells well or not, we still give 100 percent in our performances.

2. What makes this album different from previous ones?

DAN: I'd say all the years we've been writing songs are starting to pay off. We have much more experience now, and all of us have other projects we write for as well. We learned lessons from past recordings and we still want to hone our craft.

3. Do you find the band has a distinct blueprint, of sorts, you follow when writing music?

DAN: Yes and no. There are things we want to keep in our sound, but there's room for experimentation. That's something we want to do with each album. See where we can take the "Revocation sound" without altering it so much that we sound like a different band.

4. Tell us about the concept behind the artwork for “Great Is Our Sin”. It is very creative.

DAN: It's closely tied in with the lyrical themes. The artist, Tom Strom, who also did “Deathless”, our previous album, was loosely inspired by Heironymous Bosch.

5. Touring plans for the album?

DAN: We're going to Europe with Obscura, Beyond Creation and Rivers of Nihil this Fall. That's all I can say right now.

6. Do you read journalists reviews of your albums? if so, do you care about corrective criticism, does it affect the creative process, or do you find it just one person’s opinion?

DAN: It depends on who's writing. I definitely wouldn't take songwriting advice from someone who isn't a musician that I respect, ever.

7. For fans of Revocation, who of your peers would you recommend your fans to check out?

DAN: Inter Arma, Gorguts, Meshuggah's often-slept-on first album, Death, Anata, Atheist, Exhorder, stuff like that.

8. Are Revocation a sex drugs and rock n roll kind of band?

DAN: Yeah sort of, it really depends. We all have girlfriends so sex is out... Personally I'm a marijuana guy, and we all like to hit good breweries on the road and drink the finest beers we can. But it's important to us to play a great set, and it's more difficult to perform to your full potential if you're hungover so we try to not go insane partying. But sometimes that's just the way the cookie crumbles.

9. If not, How does the band like to unwind?

DAN: Video games for me. It's tough to unwind on tour sometimes, we're busy everyday. But if we have a day off (usually because of a 12+ hour drive) we'll joke around in the van and relax.

10. Anything you would like to add?

DAN: Thank you for the interview! Hope to see you guys on the road!!

Official website: http://www.revocationband.com


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