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Zombie-A-GoGo Interviews


Tuesday, January 03, 2006

10:08 PM - The Revelevens Bring Us Zombie Chicken!

So, I figured as a staff member here, I should do something. So what better place to start than with an interview of one of my favorite Baltimore bands, The Revelevens. Why? Because they have a great song called Zombie Chicken and this is a zombie site, isn't it? Anyway, this is my first interview so cut me a bit of slack on it.

I have a copy of their demo and must admit to being a big fan of The Revelevens. I've caught their shows in D.C., Baltimore, Virginia, and Manhatten and plan to catch many more. Man, I hope this isn't making me sound like some type of stalker. I best move on to posting the interview now.


Hateful Display: So, I realize I already know the story personally, but can you share a bit about how the Revelevens came into existence and the changes that you've gone through since the band was formed?

Carrie: Revelevens comes from Revelations 11, a Bible passage about two prophets who breathe fire and die horribly. Before the Revelevens, I was in a band called Cheerleaders of the Apocalypse with a guitarist who believed he was one of those prophets. He said he talked to God and he died shortly after that. In 2004, Shaun joined the band and we decided to change the name. The original Revelevens were me, Shaun, and these two teenagers named Drew (bass) and Alex (guitar). They flaked out that summer and quit to form another band because I wasn't writing songs fast enough. Drew was my roommate, too. He moved out one day without any notice and sent me an e-mail saying he was quitting the band. I think he was afraid I'd kick his ass.

To replace Alex, I asked my friend Mike Homeowner to play guitar. He was already in Babies With Rabies, but said OK anyway. We played one show with my ex-boyfriend Patrick on bass (now he's in the Charm City Saints), then Mike brought in his old Homeowners bass player, Billy. We recorded a demo last November with him on it. Randy from the Vicious Kings (another old roommate) has also played bass for us on occasion, especially on road trips Billy wasn't up to playing. This summer Billy quit because he realized the rest of us wanted to play out a lot more often than he wanted to. This fall we had another big switch-up. Shaun's arthritis got so bad he had to stop playing drums, so he switched to guitar and Mike switched to bass. Another ex-boyfriend, Mike Menace, joined on drums and played about four shows before I had to fire him. Right now we need a drummer--preferably someone I haven't lived or slept with.

HD: What bands do you feel the Revelevens draw most of their influence from?

Carrie: Mike and Shaun will probably say metal bands. I'd say the Misfits are a big influence on me. I'm also a big fan of pretty much every psychobilly band ever. Psychobilly is the majority of my CD collection. But a lot of our material isn't horror related at all, just fighting and drinking songs. For that kind of inspiration, I listen to Rancid and The Kings of Nuthin'.

Shaun: Everything we've ever listened to.

HD: What do you feel your greatest accomplishments have been so far as the Revelevens?

Shaun: Not sucking.

Carrie: Playing CBGBs was definitely a high point earlier this month. It was also pretty cool to play at Nation and the Ottobar, just for the fact that these are places where famous bands play. We spent way too much time checking out all the stickers of all the other bands that had been there before us. I'm also pretty proud of winning the Charm City Rollergirls theme song audience vote at the Ottobar. They gave us laminated season passes. We're still waiting to see if our song becomes their official theme song.

HD: Our main reason for the interview is your song, Zombie Chicken. What was the inspiration behind this song?

Shaun: It started as a joke when Carrie couldn't come up with lyrics for the music. I told her to write it about chickens.

Carrie: Shaun introduced the guitar line first. There's a little stuttering squawky riff in there that sounds a little like a rooster. He came up with the title and I wrote the lyrics around it. I was thinking about a voodoo god having some fun and raising a sacrificed chicken from the dead.
HD: Any thoughts of doing additional zombie-themed songs in the future? If so, mind throwing us a bone here to get us drooling about the idea?

Shaun: You'll have to talk to Carrie about that. I don't write lyrics.

Carrie: Sure, Ron. I'll write one just for you. Maybe I'll write one about a boy who watches zombie movies all day...

HD: Sounds like a really cool guy to hang out with. Anyway, you cover other aspects of horror in your music as well. What's your favorite subject of horror to write songs about?

Carrie: I like to combine horror and humor. "Zombie Chicken" is just such a not scary concept. And "Leper" has the punchline of "How am I supposed to tell you how much I love you when I ain't even got lips?" I also have a song the band doesn't play called "Chalupacabra" that's about a demonic, yet adorable chihuahua named Maxie.

HD: Do you enjoy zombie films or novels? If so, what are your favorites?

Shaun: Zombie film are good, I've never read any zombie novels.

Carrie: Filmwise, I loved "Shaun of the Dead" and "28 Days Later." I just read a zombie book by Christopher Moore called "The Stupidest Angel" that was entertaining but I felt like one of my nerdy friends was narrating and trying too hard to be funny.

(Carrie mentioned that Mike likes Night of the Living Dead. Mike declined the interview, feeling that Carrie would mention everything there was worth saying.)

HD: How about the stinkers? Seen any zombie films that you particularly hated?

Shaun: None that I can think of at the moment.

Carrie: Yes. Lots of them. I won't name names, but low budget movies aren't my bag unless they have good plotlines and dialogue. Disclaimer: I'd still totally allow my songs to be used in a low budget horror flick any day of the week.

HD: What do you think of the subgenre of zombie films in horror in general?

Carrie: Zombies are cool. They eat brains. And when you have a zombie problem on your hands, society as you know it is pretty much over and you have even more to worry about than just protecting your brains. But I think it's too easy to write a script for a zombie movie when you know half of the action is going to revolve around stumbling people and gore.

Shaun: I think you're getting to in depth with the whole zombie thing.

HD: Me? Never. So, let's get back to your band then, shall we? Anything new and exciting coming up with the Revelevens?

Shaun: Hopefully a drummer, soon.

Carrie: Hopefully, a new drummer and some gigs at roller derbies.

HD: Lastly, where might interested parties hear your music or snatch up ademo disc?

Carrie: You can go to http://www.revelevens.com or http://www.myspace.com/therevelevens for MP3's. Or you can send Mike $3.oo for a demo at 410 W. 23rd St. Baltimore, MD 21211.

Intervew by Hateful Display (Ron Clark) 1/4/06

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