Based out of a small town in Wyoming, Righteous Vendetta is metallic hardcore band that is destined to break out of the mostly mountainous state. Their latest CD is entitled Lawless, a relentless assault to the senses that is sure to gain the band a good deal of notice and respect. With a decidedly spiritual message to be found within the breakdowns, Righteous Vendetta has opened for some fairly big bands as well as participated in touring time on the road. Here is a recent interview we conducted with one of the Righteous Vendetta members to discuss their devastating new album, spiritual beliefs, tremendous live shows and a whole lot more!
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Righteous Vendetta, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Ryan Hayes and I am the vocalist for Righteous Vendetta. Our band has been together for a little under three years.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
Righteous Vendetta is based out of a small town called Cody, WY of about 10,000 people. I am sure once you realize how small our town is you can start to imagine what kind of scene we are talking about. NONE! Haha. Sadly enough where we live is very scarce for heavy music. I would love to recommend some local bands but Cody has none haha!
What exactly is a “Righteous” Vendetta? Where did the band name come from?
Righteous Vendetta is an oxymoron in a sense. It came from the book of Revelation when God casts Satan into the pit. God, being completely Righteous has a sort of “Vendetta” against Satan. Anyone other than God cannot have a “Righteous Vendetta”. We found the name to be very unique and there was no online presence of any sort for the name. It was perfect.
How did you wind up signing to Red Cord Records?
It was actually quite simple. I was surfing the web for Indie labels one day and randomly came across Red Cord. I merely sent an email to Joey Matthews stating we were wanting to release our new record “The Dawning” on his label. He emailed me back quickly and we ended up signing around a week later.
Select two songs from your new CD Lawless and what inspired the lyrics.
I am going to pick two of my favorite songs from Lawless, John, the Revelator and Prelude to Destruction. John, the Revelator was the first song I wrote lyrically for the record and I was reading a lot in the book of Revelation. I wanted to take what John saw thru his visions and put it to music so that is exactly what I did. Throughout the song you can hear some scripture of exactly what John said as well as my own personal ideas on some of the matters. I wanted the song to be a “battle” song; one of those songs that kids could listen to and be pumped to be a Christian.
Prelude to Destruction was another song I wrote early on as well. I wanted to create a “story” of two people who were “left behind” after the rapture. The first verse is sort of a conversation between the two people and as it moves into the chorus it is them shouting out to God to “Give them a new hope” and as the song progresses it completes the story and leads you into the next track about the end times.
What could one expect from a live Righteous Vendetta show?
Our live show is what we focus on more than anything. We want to bring the most energetic, engaging, and absolutely brutal show of anyone in the scene. You can expect just that. We are there to bring it… You can see for yourselves, we tour A LOT! Come hang out!
Has Righteous Vendetta played in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in the future?
We have played the LA area one time and it was a very fun experience though there was only about 30 people there haha. We played on Hollywood Blvd at the Paul Gleason Theater while we were on tour with Spoken. We are just happy to say we played a show on Hollywood Blvd.
Who are some of the bigger bands you have opened up for and what was the experience like?
We have opened for a few larger bands some of them being All The Remains, Hatebreed, Parkway Drive, Converge, Texas in July, Spoken, War of Ages and more. It is always great to open for larger bands not only because you get to meet the bands you look up to but also play in front of A LOT of kids.
Who did the artwork for Lawless and how much input did you have in it?
The album art was done by a young man named Trent Tieso, he also did the Phinehas record. He is an incredible digital painter and very affordable for bands. I would suggest him anytime. I had a big part in the “idea” of the album art but I pretty much let him take the reins on making my ideas come to life. We conversed through the process to make sure everything turned out how the band wanted.
Would you consider Righteous Vendetta to be a Christian band or ministry? Why or why not?
Righteous Vendetta is a ministry. We are solely dedicated to “making disciples of all nations” We truly believe what we preach and we walk what we preach through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Who directed the music video for The Dawning and how long did it take to shoot?
The Dawning music video haha; that video was directed by a seventeen year old high school student named Jared Iler. It took about two days to shoot. Obviously it is not a high budget film production; go watch it and you will see. It was a very quick video to make haha. Make sure you check out our new video for John, the Revelator coming out in mid November. We are actually taking that one seriously haha.
Any final words of wisdom?
Thanks for having us, we really appreciate the opportunity to be in this publication, it means even more that you would give us your time. Make sure you check out the new songs at www.facebook.com/righteousvendetta and keep an eye out for the new record November 8th!
Righteous Vendetta is:
Ryan Hayes– Vocals
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)