Los Angeles power trio Rebel Rampage just released their ferocious debut album, “Divided We Fall.” Their album was preceded by the singles “Immigration Man” and “Red Star” (feat. Angelo Moore of Fishbone).
.CelebMix talked to the group about their album and upcoming show.
CelebMix: How does it feel to have released your debut album, “Divided We Fall?”
Rebel Rampage: Feels great! It’s always an awesome feeling when you finally release a body of work that you’ve spent countless hours, lots of money, and all the energy of your being on to create a piece of art that will live beyond your own mortality. This project and album mean a lot to me personally because it addresses a lot of issues that I’ve dealt with personally or know people that have been affected by things we are talking about- racism, immigration, women’s and LGBTQ rights, climate change, healthcare, and more. If we can make a difference and inspire people to take action against injustices through music, then we’ve done our jobs and it makes it all worth it. Regardless, we are extremely proud of this album of music and hope it can help people in these trying times.
CM: What is the message behind “Divided We Fall?”
RR: Well…that’s a complex question. In the simplest terms, it’s the message of our motto and mission statement – “Armed with words and music to resist oppression by the government and inspire change for equality and justice,” and to find a more in-depth look into the multitude of messages within the album. You can listen to each song and it’s lyrics to hear the messages about a whole slew of issues. The title track on the album also sums up the message as a whole within the lyrics and why the name is ‘Divided We Fall’. It’s the last song on the album and a very fitting summary of the state of things and the songs on the album as a body of work. The lyrics in the verses and first chorus really drive the point home.
CM: Why do you think this is an important message for people to hear at this point and time?
RR: What’s the first thing you think of when you hear ‘Divided We Fall?’ Most people would say United We Stand because it’s the song and cliché for America that everyone knows. I believe the first use was in “The Liberty Song” by John Dickinson in 1768. We are the most divided we’ve been since the Civil War and it seems to be getting worse. It basically sums up the album and addresses everything, posing the question of whether we will stand or fall and it’s up to us to decide. It fits well as the album title and the closer to the album. It’s a not so subtle reminder of who we are and where we are going. It lays it all out there on the table for you. This is how we are all feeling. We can do better.
CM: How did you come up with the name Rebel Rampage?
RR: Had several ideas but this seemed to embody the music the best as it captures what we are doing and what it feels like inside the music. We “Rebel” through the music and stand up to oppression and the “Rampage” part is the heavy aspect of the music and how it makes you feel when you listen to it. If you look up the definitions of each word, it makes perfect sense. The music incites that feeling of moving around uncontrollably like people moshing or rocking out at a show, which is the rampage part. And the rebel part is what the music inspires you to do, which is take action and being a rebel in these times is necessary. The system is wholly corrupt and turning into a Fascist regime before our eyes. We still remain hopeful for the future but we need to take action now.
CM: How does it feel to be playing at the Viper Room?
RR: Our first show was at the Viper Room back in August. It has a lot of history and it’s a good rock club and room for what we are doing. The area on Sunset there has changed a lot and is now really touristy and not very cool especially with a lot of the bands these clubs are booking, but you can only do your own thing and stand out from the pack. Looking forward to the PRE-NAMM SLAMM show Wed. 1/23 with Dr. Maddvibe & the Missin’ Links feat. Angelo (Fishbone) and two other awesome female-fronted bands, Doctrin and Aboleth. It’s going to be a great night of music and there will be some merch giveaways like D’Addario strings and more. The artist endorsements that support us are going to be at NAMM starting the next day and we are doing some performances and showcases there for them so we thought it would be a great kick-off rock night when everyone is in town in LA before heading out to Anaheim the next morning.
CM: Who are your biggest musical inspirations?
RR: Way too many but I’ll try and narrow it down to some standouts. I’d have to say, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Miles Davis, Claude Debussy, Rage Against The Machine, System of a Down, Muse, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Pantera, Living Colour, Jeff Buckley, and again, too many more to name.
CM: Is there anything else you would like to tell us about the album or anything in general?
RR: “Divided We Fall” is a collaboration of industry heavy-hitters, and its collection of politically charged and controversial songs are a fiery addition to L.A.’s historic lineage of protest music. In an effort to bring the creative process to life, we retreated to the famed Rancho De La Luna recording studio in Joshua Tree, CA with owner Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age) and engineer Jon Russo (Mojave Lords). Talented L.A. natives Angelo Moore (Fishbone) and Emily Armstrong (Dead Sara) guest star on the tracks “Red Star” and “I Am The Power” respectively. Vocals were tracked at Attic Recording in Nashville, TN with engineer Greg Magers (Lupe Fiasco, Umphrey’s McGee). Four-time Grammy Award winner Adam Kasper (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden) mixed the album at Studio X in Seattle, WA, and all mastering was done by Grammy Award winner Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering in Burbank, CA.
CM: What would you like to say to your supporters/fans?
RR: Come to the show on 1/23 at the Viper Room if you’re in LA and rock with us! Listen/Download the album. Follow us on socials and stay tuned for our upcoming tour announcements and please spread the word so we can get these important messages out there. You can get more info, social links, and links to organizations we support as well as how you can help on our website. We are with you and we thank you for all your love and support! We are here for you in these trying times and we will fight for all of us! In Solidarity, RR
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