StitchPig Revival band Q & A
Tell us about yourself and your music
StitchPig Revival band is based out of Cincinnati, OH. Fronted by former Asphalt Ballet (Virgin Records/MTV fame) singer… Gary Jeffries. After many semi successful years as an Independent Solo artist, Gary contacted renowned guitar virtuoso Joe Riley about building a fresh new music venture. The collaboration spawned a new style genre, simply explained as “New breed of Rock/ Country/ Metal/ Blues music covered in Swamp”.
Jeffries’ career started in the late 1980’s seeing major success with Asphalt Ballet. The band gained exposure from TV’s Star Search, as well as, MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball (“Soul Survive” & “Tuesday’s Rain”). After leaving Asphalt Ballet in the mid 90’s, Gary pursued a solo career, releasing several Independent albums. In the early 2000’s Gary joined the southern rock band Alligator Stew receiving airplay and TV exposure (GAC Nashville).
Joe Riley is an award winning touring/recording guitarist/producer from Lawrenceburg, IN. He has a long list of credits, which includes, working with such artists as John Michael Montgomery, Heath Wright (Ricochet), Liquid Fire (Ohana Music, Sony/Red), The Mighty Swine (Broad Horizon Records- w/ex David Chastain bassist Mike Skimmerhorn), Erwin Musper (multi award winning engineer- Van Halen, Scorpians , Metallica, Def Leppard) and Adam D Tucker/Vegas McGraw (Las Vegas Entertainer/Nashville Recording Artist).
StitchPig Revival is rounded out with drum powerhouse Dann Norris. Dann has been a musical collaborater with Riley since 2012. Norris recruited Riley for The Mighty Swine “LUST” album, which gained rave reviews and spawned a worldwide airplay. The two left The Swine to pursue a more Southern sound and created StitchPig in early 2013. After several member changes, the band went on hiatus while they hit the road with Las Vegas entertainer (Adam D Tucker). After many years of touring, Norris and Riley, teamed up with Jeffries and the rest as they say is history (in the making)!
Talk to us more about your latest release
The new self titled StitchPig Revival album is 10 songs of hard driving rock music, with southern roots. Produced by Joe Riley, the album is full of instrument nuances from dobro, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, keyboard to shredding guitar solos and arena style drums. Jeffries southern drawl vocals, along with Riley’s lead vocal on David Allan Coe cover “The Ride”, take this blend of musical genres to a whole new level.
The album is available on iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify, Amazon, the band’s website www.stitchpigrevival, and a host of many online streaming and download services worldwide.
What inspired you to write this release?
StitchPig Revival members all come from a wide variety of influences. The band worked hard to capture each influence and make an entirely new genre of music. The blend of hard rock, country, blues, metal combined with southern arrangements and Appalachian style stringed instruments truly sets the band apart from anything else.
Describe the writing and recording process
The recording process for the album started with a year of writing sessions between Riley and Jeffries. Riley owns his own music studio/record label (Joe Riley Music/ Rileywood Music Group). Once writing was complete… the next step was to engineer/produce the tracks. Riley enlisted renowned studio Engineer Rob Nadler (Fat Tracks Studio- Trapt, Noah Hunt, Exhorder) to help engineer/mix/master the project. Riley spent 10 months meticulously producing each track to capture the SPR signature sound.
Any plans to hit the road?
SPR are currently producing a music video for spring release. Following the video release, the band will hit the road late this summer to support the new album. Tour dates TBA.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
We brand ourselves by having a marketable image, sound and hard work ethic. The band’s stage show is something in itself, complete with arena style amps/drums/backdrops with the feel of being in a swamp.
Who have you been listening to lately?
As of late… The new StitchPig Revival cd is getting a ton of play in our cars! Other bands we’ve been listening to are Kings Of Dust (ex Badlands bassist- Greg Chaisson) and a ton of old school rock bands from the 80’s.
Who are your biggest influences?
Our biggest influences range from Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, George Lynch, Jerry Reed, Frank Zappa, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Skynard, Whitesnake, The Eagles to Pantera and Motley Crue. Music knows no boundaries!
What else is happening next in your world?
Next step in the SPR camp is to release a music video worldwide, then take this show on tour! We look forward to bringing the Revival to every city possible!
Thanks for an awesome interview, StitchPig Revival