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The aforementioned positive philosophy Mike V. speaks of also happens to be the story behind the title of the Long Beach, Calif.-based rock act's striking Cement Shoes debut full-length, Glory Bound. With an array of tracks produced by Mudrock (Avenged Sevenfold, Eighteen Visions) and Andy Johns (Godsmack, Led Zeppelin), Glory Bound is the most accurate musical snapshot of Revolution Mother today - and one that has been constantly evolving since the act's inception.
Revolution Mother also tightened its live set for the Vans Warped Tour, performing on its own stage - and garnering a few main stage opportunities - courtesy of the tour's founder and longtime skateboarding advocate Kevin Lyman. The act supported the release of Glory Bound on the entire 2007 installment, performing two sets each day for 45 cities.
The tour brought about another significant change in the band, by further refining its direction. "I think the evolution of the band, the sound and what we're about as a band, that evolution definitely happened over the summer," says Vallely. "And it really came into focus what we're trying to accomplish. It's very simple. It's dropping all the previous ideas of what we're about and where we're coming from, getting past the genres and realizing that there's good music and there's bad music. There's genuine, heartfelt, real deal stuff and there's corporate, churned-out garbage. And it's as simple as that."
The straightforward rock 'n' roll theme had to be signposted for Warped attendees. "For some reason, it seems like a lot of audiences need to be told what they're watching. So after the third song on our sets, I'd say, 'By the way, this is called rock 'n' roll,'" says Mike V. "It's crazy, but in the Warped Tour environment, there's a lot going on. It's so hard to know what you're supposed to like anymore because there's so much out there."
"At the end of the day, you want to put on a show," he continues. "People want to see a show. We realized that there were certain factors that had to go down. It's showtime, it's gimmicky, but it's the real fucking deal. We're genuinely serious about what we're doing. We believe in it. It's the love of music, the love of making music and the love of sharing it with the audience. It's really simple."