The Dead Revolt: Ask A Simple Question...
Sooooooo... The Dead Revolt. They're loud, crash-bangy indie-rockers who tend to do very well here in the city. However, we are not here to tell you how awesome they are. We are here to talk about why someone would call their band The Dead Revolt.
Most of us are revolted by the dead. Especially if they sparkle. Names involving corpses are usually reserved for Cookie Monster Metal bands, but that did not deter guitarist/vocalist George Baba when he reached the end of the most holy of all journeys that a band goes through: Finding a moniker that hasn't been taken.
We here at Rocks Off are notoriously hard on local bands that adopt names that are already being used. In the MySpace generation, there is really no excuse for it at all. Common sense has therefore elevated Baba a great deal in our eyes.
"For the first six or seven months we jammed together we had no name nor did we worry about what we should call ourselves," he says. "The idea of a name only really came up when we decided to play live. We first came up with the name Vimana, a word from ancient Sanskrit texts that describes a flying machine.
"We all agreed on that name and were quite satisfied until we found out that it had already been taken by another band. We soon realized that about any name or stupid combination of words is somehow already a band name for some other band out there. Unable to easily come up with originality - is anything original ever easy?, we decided to brainstorm.
"We were looking for simplicity but also wanted originality. The name started out like a list of others on a piece of paper after a few weeks of just righting down random thoughts or ideas that popped into our heads. The name just kinda stood out so we checked and it wasn't taken. Original, intriguing, and fitting for our style of music, we took the name and now its stuck with us."
We applaud this. We really do. It's a simple little method that more bands should follow. Now that you have a name, though, you have to live up to it. You can't just call yourselves The Dead Revolt. Now you have to be The Dead Revolt. The name struck a chord with the band, and they currently plan to use it as a plot for a future concept album.