What's the meaning behind the band's name?
There are cultures that believe that ravens carry the souls of people who had died some time in the past and that the ravens are like the go betweens for life on earth and the afterlife. We thought it was a cool concept, so we took it as our name.
How the band started??
Averri and Alex had always been playing music together since they were kids, and Averri met Brandon in middle school and they found out that they both loved playing guitar. A couple weeks later, Alex, Averri and Brandon were in the garage playing music. However, it wasn't until two years later when they became With Ravens officially.
What's the message to transmit with your music??
We just want to make good music, and have a lot of fun in the process.
What's your method at the time of writting a song??
Sometimes Brandon writes a riff and Averri will figure out a melody. As for lyrics, Averri and Alex will write the actual lyrics together. Other times, we'll all get together and jam until we find something that we like, and that we think other people will enjoy too.
Which is your music influences??
We all listen to a lot of rock music, but our personal favorite genres range from pop punk to hardcore punk, alternative to acoustic. We really try to pull different elements from our own favorite bands and music styles to make a sound that we can call our own. The Used is a major influence for us as a band, they're so full of raw energy and their sound is so versatile; it's something we really took to heart as a band and we try to approach our music, whether it be performing or writing, the same way.
What plans do you guys have for the future??
We plan to play some shows with some of the other local bands in the area to really show Memphis that there is a scene here that is a lot cooler than what they're really used to seeing.
Which has been the funniest prank you guys have been or took part while on tour or after a show??
One of the pranks that we've pulled was done on Brandon, and it included a dummy that freaked him out so bad he hated being in the same room with it. One morning, he was sleeping in late while the rest of us were awake. We thought it would be funny to lay the dummy right next to him in his bed. When he woke up and saw it, he went nuts. The rest of us just watched and laughed.
If you guys were stranded in the middle of nowhere after a show or while on tour. The help is 65 miles away from where you guys are, ¿Who would you guys send to look for help? And if while the rest wait, there's no food and the only way to feed yourself is by eating each other, ¿Who would you eat first?
If we were ever in that situation, we'd send Alex to go get help. And if we got so hungry waiting for him that we had to resort to eating each other, Brandon would be the first to go.
Which country you guys would love to play?
We'd love to play in Germany, Japan, or Australia.
With which bands you guys would love to share stage??
The Used, obviously. We really would love to play with them. My Chemical Romance and 30 Seconds to Mars would be other bands we'd love playing with. It would also be cool to play with Falling In Reverse.
Are you guys OK, with the direction the band is going actually?We're very happy with the direction the band is going. We're creating a sound that truely defines us as a band, and people seem to be responding really well to it.
Check out more from this band by going to: http://www.myspace.com/withravens