Excerpt from Mancave Playbabes:
There is no mistaking the mission of this band: Bring back true rock and roll, built on a sound that can shake the gates of hell, and won’t stop until everyone has been violated by Reverse Grip
It was cool to get all three brothers to participate in the interview, covering topics ranging from their song writing, influences, and of course, strip clubs!
Let’s start with the band, can you provide a little background on how Reverse Grip got started?
Sean Broda: Well, Reverse Grip is a band formed by 3 brothers, myself (Sean) Dru and Dylan Broda, but the band really got going when our brother Dylan joined. He was the final link to the puzzle and he was able to connect all our musical ideas together which put our live show over the top!
So there are three brothers in Reverse Grip. I’m assuming this can be good and bad. Any ‘OASIS’ type blow-ups?
Dru Broda: Dylan had a bit of a “spazz-out” the other night right before our show and tried to pull an “Axl” on us. He had left the club we were playing and I called him and told him I had cut a bunch of people from our guest list because Sean and I had met a bunch of new female fans out front. Dylan freaked out and was screaming at me over the phone. I was sitting there laughing but he was seriously pissed off and said, “Fine, I’ll see you tomorrow!” I laughed over the phone and told him I was joking. This didn’t go over so well when he showed up and his girlfriend was replaced with a random chick on the list. Regardless, Dylan went on stage and we had a great show. Of course we’ve gotten to the point of physically fighting, but in the end we always burst out laughing and everything gets sorted out
Describe the Toronto rock scene today.
Dru Broda: In one word “brutal”. Rock has a wide variety of subgenres. Toronto is rich in rock; it’s just low in hard hitting intensity.
Who are the influences of Reverse Grip?
Dru Broda: If I had to choose a few names to throw around it would be Guns n’ Roses, Motley Crue, Britny Fox and Poison.
Describe the writing process. Given the music you are looking to make the riff and lyrically hook are both important. Which comes first, the hook or the melody?
Dru Broda: It really depends on all three of us sitting down together and playing with ideas we’ve come up with. Sean will normally have a main riff that I will match with a chorus hook I’ve written. But sometimes I will have a riff in my head that Sean will be able to bring to life automatically. Dylan has his hand in everything from the chorus, verse and especially the break downs and tricky parts of songs such as the pre-chorus’. But it normally always starts, for the most part, with a hook we will use for the chorus and the song falls into place around it.
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