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Rev Theory just finished their tour and are ready to release their new album 'Justice' on February 15th, 2011. They will headline Monster Energy Outbreak tour starting Feb 16th. MusicRemedy spoke with Rev Theory's Julien Jorgensen about, yes, the album, the tour, (in-)justice, etc... On the new album they worked with producer Terry Date to grow to a whole new level.

[Q]: First off, congratulations with your new album 'Justice'. What's the story behind the album ?

[A]: Thanks, I appreciate it, we are all really excited and proud of the album. When we came off the road to write the album we were inspired and heavily affected about what was going on in the world. We were pretty pissed off in general. The state of the music industry, the state of pop culture. We felt like we had something say as well as something to prove on this album.

[Q]: Terry Date worked with a lot of big bands. In what way have you, as a band, learned from his musical talents?

[A]: Terry brought a whole level of experience and insight that we had yet to encountered as a band. As a band we have a great energy live and had yet to truly capture that energy in the studio. Terry has a way of capturing the rawness and character of bands and he definitely did that on this album. It's as raw and aggressive as we are live. Plus we learned a lot from listening to him tell stories, it was so matter a fact but so inspiring, talking about Dimebag and Chis Cornell we were like 'tell us more terry" haha.

[Q]: While the band grows to a new level, some fans will stand their ground on the previous level. What do you have to say to those fans?

[A]: I think if you were a fan of Light it Up you will definitely dig this new album. It really is a mature evolvement of the band and I think we just refined our sound. It's aggressive, honest, and and at times vulnerable, qualities that we feel like made up our last album. I think people will be happy across the board.

[Q]: "Honor, truth, love and respect define us". How did the band manage to get these 4 elements in the album? Could you point each element to a specific song of the album?

[A]: These are four ideals that I think everyone tries to live by. Every song on the album touches on some sort of personal experience or some emotion. I think the album overall has a more idealistic theme. Whether the songs were about overcoming addiction, or looking at what really matters in life, there is still a thread of resiliency and hope that binds it together.

[Q]: "Justice" is a call to action. In what way is recording this album your own call for action?

[A]: We wanted to evoke emotion from people, the same emotion that we were feeling when writing it. It was cathartic in writing the album and we hope that we could empower people in some way to take action in their own lives.

[Q]: Any plans for a tour? What can your listeners and fans expect from your tour?

[A]: Ya we are excited to headlining the Monster Energy Outbreak tour. It starts February 16, the day after our album comes out. It's going to be a great bill of up and coming talent for a reasonably priced ticket. Fans can expect a high energy show guaranteed to kick you in the teeth.

[Q]: What is your main goal to reach as a band?

[A]: World Domination.

[Q]: When creating a track, do you have a set theme and pre-written lyrics, or do you start with an idea or the music first?

[A]: Every song is a little different but usually things start out with a melody idea or a riff. Typically lyrics follow after we get a framework, I usually let the melody guide the feeling for the lyrics.

[Q]: "Everyone walking this Earth has encountered an injustice..." Which injustice have you encountered?

[A]: I feel like we have worked our asses off to get where we are. We feel really fortunate to be able to be making music for a living, however the industry is a tail spin with the downloading dilemma, the real injustice is that people steal music and it devalues the work that artists put into making an album. This jeopardizes the future of new music and music in general, to me that is really sad.

[Q]: Recently, what is a typical day like for you?

[A]: We have been on a radio tour for the past couple weeks in a Sprinter van, so a typical day is free continental breaky, then drive for a few hours, pull over at truck stop/gas station in search for the perfect snack, then midday subway, then have a smoke, then play the album at a listening event, hit a chipotle, hit a hotel, repeat.

[Q]: Final words?

[A]: Don't eat the fish, not in Lincoln Nebraska anyways:)

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