Reviver Matt Mascarenas – Vocals / Guitar Sam Richards – Guitar Brian Fell – Drums Chase Griffis – Bass/Guitar Tom Ball – Bass
Reviver is a palindrome—a group of individuals whose collaboration is greater than the sum of its parts—synergistic. You may have seen fliers for their shows on light posts, in Gandolfo’s by the U or have gotten a mass text telling you about an upcoming show. Since their inception in 2007, Reviver has been on 11 tours, including three full-USA tours. They’ve been in Salt Lake City since June 29 of this year, which is the longest they’ve been home since they started playing. As a band that has proven itself to be a vibrant, hardworking element of Salt Lake’s hardcore scene, vocalist Matt Mascarenas unaffectedly states, “For the most part, it’s just been all of our circle of friends jamming at some time or another.”
Reviver began with Mascarenas, guitarist Sam Richards, guitarist/bassist Chase Griffis and drummer Brian Fell in July of 2007. Since the beginning, the members wanted to make Reviver a full-time band. Richards says, “I’d say a lot of it [was that] we just had the desire to be in a band that was working full time as far as touring a lot. It was something we just wanted to do.” Even through various fifth members and subs filling in, the band has pushed on to play throughout the entire country. With the relatively new Tom Ball on bass, Reviver has lived up to their initial goal.
Drawing from diverse individual influences such as friends, family, Refused, NOFX, Lifelong Tragedy and simply being in the moment at band practice, Reviver pounds out a unified sound while maintaining each musician’s respective and distinct parts. “Usually what happens is we’re all just fucking around in between songs, we’re just playing our own shit, and one of us will do something—and then it’s like, ‘Hey!’ You should do that again.’” Says Mascarenas, “We just kind of let the song write itself.” In their communal atmosphere, each member identifies the aural situation that arises and distinguishes their own musical role. Griffis says, “I just kinda learn what they’re playing note for note, just rip apart what they’re playing … sometimes I’m almost playing lead parts where it stands out.” Their navigation through the others’ parts allows them to bounce off each part to generate a cohesive harmony.
Mascarenas’ vocals provide an apex for Reviver—he alternates between raspy snarls and melodic shouts atop d-beats, buildups, breakdowns and inventive hardcore orchestration. His lyrics deal with themes that are self-referential to the band: He illustrates his and his band mates’ pre-tour anxiousness and on-tour angst. “Most of [Versificator is] based off of where we were, our frustrations of being home, and—of mine—almost feeling stuck.” says Mascarenas’, “Then, Potential Wasteland was a follow-up of kind of being caught between being home and being gone so much. I feel like when I wrote that, the overall vibe of our band [was that] we were all going through a bunch of unfortunate situations.” In his lyrics, Mascarenas uses the term ‘we’ to encompass sentiments that he feels represent each member, but also uses ‘I’ to express ideas with which the others can empathize. Richards maintains, “When his lyrics are actually what he’s going through and what the band’s going through, I can fully relate to everything as if I would have written that.”
Reviver exudes an altruistic vibe within itself where their sole philosophy is “just having fun and playing music,” as Mascarenas puts it, “I feel that, if we were to portray anything, it’s just that we’re just doing what we want, when we want to do it. We toured a lot, and it was never to [be] like, ‘Hey, if we tour a lot, possibly we can get big and be successful’ … We just did because we wanted to.” Whether it’s Griffis and Fell creating enclave projects within the band, or whether it’s the whole band playing with Gaza, The Lionelle or Despite Despair, Reviver acts collectively and amongst friends with self-sustaining energy and fresh hardcore for SLC.
Localized. Saturday, Oct. 9, $5. Come get maimed and slaughtered by Laughter and Reviver, with a vicious whooping by Dirty Vespuccis at 10:00 p.m.