My husband and I had the opportunity last night to open our home to a band, Rebel Revive, that was passing through our area. Thanks to affording myself a few minutes to watch Rachael Ray this past weekend, I had already been inspired and prepped dinner the day before and had just enough time to put Bennett to bed before they arrived. We spent the evening getting to know each other, exchanging stories and name dropping all over the place.
Brian suggested that I interview Rebel Revive for Square Piece. And while I try not to create an atmosphere of “work” when these bands crash at our house, these guys didn’t seem to mind sharing a little about themselves and their tour. A little exposure never hurt a band, right?
Me: Your first RYFO home! What were you expecting?
RR: After hearing about RYFO for a few years, but not having stayed in a RYFO host home, I was very anxious to “experience” our first one. I was expecting mostly just a bed to rest, but was greeted with much more. Food, great conversation, a place to shower, and a place to rest our heads. The other cool part with not knowing what to expect was right away with the 4 requests for different host homes we sent in, hearing back from 3 of them within the hour. It was awesome to see such quick and generous responses. (Matthew)
Me: Has anything about this experience been unexpected? If so, what?
RR: With this being my first tour, I think there aren’t too many things I could have anticipated. I definitely expected to be tired, but that combined with the heat is definitely rough. That being said, I didn’t expect it to be so fun! As far as touring goes, we’re definitely roughing it since we’re following Warped Tour in an SUV and playing to the line for gas money and to gain new fans. It can be tough, but it’s so inspiring and motivating to see so many young kids excited to hear new music. That’s pretty rare these days. No matter how tired I am when we show up for Warped, my energy shoots right up as soon as we start playing and hanging out with new and awesome kids everyday! (Chris Chavez)
Me: How would you describe your band’s genre?
RR: The genre of Rebel Revive is a mix of pop/rock with an edge. Memorable sing-along hooks driven by guitars and upbeat drums. Lyrical themes are ones of redemption and positivity. (Matthew)
Me: Is there a band that exists that – if I liked them – would mean you could guarantee that I’d like yours, too? If so, which?
RR: Cartel, Taking Back Sunday, Anberlin, Relient K (Matthew)
Me: White Christmas lights or multi-colored Christmas lights?
RR: I prefer white Christmas lights. I always grew up in Minneapolis, MN and Toronto, Canada, so I have vivid memories of seeing the white lights against the piles of snow. Specifically standing in the driveway shoveling the snow at night, and just stopping and listening to the calm, and the white glare of the lights on the snow. Definitely a memory burned in my head. (Matthew)
Me: What are some of the joys of being on the road?
RR: Just the fact of being on the road, and getting to experience different cultures and sights of different towns is a blast! I love getting to meet new people that are willing to take the time to listen to the art I’ve spent so much time on. Definitely an incredible experience just to be around passionate people from all over the country. Having such generous people along the way has been an incredible joy too. Having friends, family, and now RYFO host homes being supportive has been a huge blessing! (Matthew)
Me: What are some of the hardships?
RR: I think the hardest thing for me is that I’m a task oriented planner, so I like to know what’s going on with my day. It’s definitely a huge stretch having to roll with the punches and let things happen as they happen. I’m really excited for the growth and unexpected adventures to come for the next month! (Chris Chavez)
All the best to you, Rebel Revive! Thanks for stopping by both in my home and on my blog!
(If you’d like to check out the band, you can head over here.)