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Rollin' With Tha Mutha
7/7/2009

Glory Bound
6/26/2007
 
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Ferret Records Signs Revolution Mother
April 11, 2009
Long Beach, California based skate-rock band, Revolution Mother, have signed with Ferret Music. The band has just completed recording their second full-length, 'Rollin’ With Tha Mutha', to be released on July 7th. The band is fronted by Pro Skateboarder Mike Vallely and manned by some of Long Beach’s most notorious punk and hardcore veterans including past members of Mean Season and Outspoken. Commenting on the signing Vallely said “We were looking for a home that we could get in at the ground level and that had an audience that would appreciate us. Ferret has that built in and also a great track record with bands that we respect.”

Produced by Fred Archambault (Avenged Sevenfold, Valiant Thorr) the new album follows the sludgy and thick riff mayhem of their first but on a more developed scale. Vallely says of the band’s sound “I think we really found our groove as a band with the last three or four songs we recorded on the last record and we found our groove live playing the Warped Tour (2007). At the end of the day we are a rock n roll band. We have hardcore, punk and metal influences but really we're just playing overdriven blues.”

In addition to Warped Tour the band has completed U.S. Tours with Tiger Army, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, Every Time I Die and Danzig as well as a European Tour with Funeral For A Friend. The band will announce a summer tour around album release shortly.

For more info on Revolution Mother, visit http://www.myspace.com/revolutionmother.
 
 
 
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Revolution Mother Frontman Makes Film Debut
January 6, 2009
In Columbia Pictures’ comedy 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop', Kevin James portrays a single, suburban dad, trying to make ends meet as a security officer at a New Jersey mall. It’s a job he takes very seriously, though no one else does. When Santa’s helpers at the mall stage a coup, shutting down the megaplex and taking hostages, Jersey’s most formidable mall cop will have to become a real cop to save the day as he faces off with the bad guy Rudolf played by Pro Skater and Revolution Mother frontman, Mike V. Check out the trailer below.

'Paul Blart:Mall Cop' hits theaters in 1/16.

Mike’s band Southern California based hard edged rock poets, Revolution Mother, are a hardcore rock and roll act, blending influences like Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Motorhead and Black Flag into something wholly their own and completely original. The band are currently writing and recording for a new record due out in late spring 2009. Check them out at this location.

Revolution Mother's debut CD 'Glory Bound' is out now. Mike V is sponsored by Element, Von Zipper and Active.

For more info on Mike Vallely and Revolution Mother, visit the following sites: http://www.mikevallely.com, http://www.myspace.com/mikevallely, http://www.revolutionmother.com, and http://www.myspace.com/revolutionmother.
 
 
 
 
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Revolution Mother Confirms Stint On Vans Warped Tour 2008
June 13, 2008
Pro-skater and hard edge poet Mike Vallely and his band Revolution Mother have confirmed a stint on Vans Warped Tour ’08, where Mike will once again be wearing two hats. Vallely, a.k.a Mike V, will not only be bringing his explosive skating to the tour, but for second year running Mike's band Revolution Mother will perform their intensely brutal and addictive live set.

In the 1980’s Mike V. discovered two components that would comprise his professional career, skateboarding and punk rock music, at near coincidental points. His first proper introduction arrived after attending a Black Flag concert supporting their 'My War' album and about that same time, Vallely also first placed his feet on a skateboard, realizing that he had the inherent skill and reckless drive to push the bounds of the then-fledgling sport to unforeseen heights. Mike Vallely’s careers in music and skateboarding haven’t been about fleeting moments of fame or winning some specific prize. In fact, it’s more akin to the drafting and execution of a battle plan, enacted by a warrior on a mission in perpetuity. All the skate demos, recording studios, television appearances, concert stages, vert ramps, pages of poetry, street courses, and countless miles behind the wheel don’t even begin to describe the human spirit embodied within Vallely that not only consistently proceeds and persists, but ultimately prevails.

An intimate look into the 21 year career of Mike V. can be viewed below.

Showing what a renaissance man Mike V really is, he can now add film actor to his growing resume, recently cast in Columbia Pictures/Happy Madison Production's upcoming feature film "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" which is now shooting in Boston and Burlington, MA. The film is due out January 2009.

Mike V is also back with his third season of the skateboarding series "Drive," airing on FUEL TV starting August 17, at 8:00PM ET/PT. Based on the award-winning documentary film of the same name, "Drive" hits the pavement with the professional skateboarder as he travels the world exploring the people, places, and issues defining skateboarding and youth culture today.

Revolution Mother's debut CD, 'Glory Bound', is out now.

Revolution Mother On Tour:
7/19 - Chop Meet Motorcycles and Music Festival - Wrightwood, CA

Vans Warped Tour Dates:
8/13 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center
8/14 - Chula Vista, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
8/15 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater
8/16 - Marysville, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/17 - Carson, CA - Home Depot Center


For more information on Mike V. and Revolution Mother, check out any of the following sites: http://www.mikevallely.com, http://www.myspace.com/mikevallely, http://www.youtube.com/mikevallely, http://www.revolutionmother.com, and http://www.myspace.com/revolutionmother.
 
 
 
 
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Revolution Mother Confirmed For Vans Warped Tour
May 7, 2008
Pro-skater and hard edge poet Mike Vallely and his band Revolution Mother have beenconfirmed for part of the trek on the Vans Warped Tour ’08 where Mike will once again be playing a duel role. Vallely, a.k.a Mike V, will not only be bringing his explosive skating to the tour, but for second year running Mike's band Revolution Mother, the hard rocking outlaw punk outfit will perform their intensely brutal set on the ramp stage built adjacent to where Mike V will be skating.

Showing what a renaissance man Mike V really is, he can now add film actor to his growing resume, havine been recently cast in Columbia Pictures/Happy Madison Production's upcoming feature film "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" which is now shooting in Boston and Burlington, MA. The film is due out January 2009…you can get a taste of Mike V. the thespian and comedic talent below, in this skit with Kevin James filmed on the set of the movie.

Mike V is also back with his third season of the skateboarding series "Drive," airing on FUEL TV starting August 17, at 8:00PM ET/PT. Based on the award-winning documentary film of the same name, "Drive" hits the pavement with the professional skateboarder as he travels the world exploring the people, places, and issues defining skateboarding and youth culture today.

Revolution Mother On Vans Warped Tour 2008:
7/23 - Mansfield, MA - Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
7/24 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/25 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
7/26 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
7/27 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion
7/28 - Englishtown, NJ - Raceway Park
7/29 - Pittsburgh, PA - Post Gazette Pavilion
7/30 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
7/31 - Noblesville, IN - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/1 - Milwaukee, WI - Marcus Amphitheatre
8/2 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
8/3 - Minneapolis, MN - Canterbury Park
8/5 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
8/6 - Calgary, AB - Race City Speedway
8/8 - Nampa, ID - Idaho Center Amphitheater
8/9 - George, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
8/10 - Portland, OR - Columbia Meadows
8/13 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center
8/14 - Chula Vista, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
8/15 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater
8/16 - Marysville, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/17 - Carson, CA - Home Depot Center
 
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 2005
HOME TOWN: Long Beach, CA
MEMBERS:
Mike Vallely � vocals
Jason Hampton � guitar
Colin Buis � bass
Brendan Murphy � drums

"If you're always up and you're always willing to go out there to make things happen, you're glory bound," says Revolution Mother vocalist and pro skater Mike Vallely. "It's a general statement about the life that I've lived and that I've chosen for myself. And it's very direct about where we are with the band."

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 circa གྷ � and one that has been constantly evolving since the act's inception.

Formed in late 2005 by original members Vallely and guitarist Jason Hampton, Revolution Mother immediately picked up where the pair's former project � Mike V and The Rats � had ended. With Hampton holding a penchant for blues-based overdriven riffs and Vallely's proven vocal delivery, the act slowly eased away from its former all-hardcore foundation, instead cutting loose with extended guitar solos, sweeping tempo shifts and more substantial arrangements.

Revolution Mother made its initial recorded mark with the summer 2006 release of its debut five-song EP, Enjoy The Ride, which had garnered significant praise by the indie music press. With its fresh material showcasing Hampton's now-signature fretboard fury and songwriting direction, bolstered by the conviction of an act hungry to carve its own niche in the rock underground, Enjoy The Ride became a well-received debut. That same summer, the foursome embarked on a pair of national tours in promotion of the EP, including the Zumiez Couch Tour (supporting CKY) and its own headlining slot on the Mike V. Rebel Music Tour.

Upon returning home to Southern California, Revolution Mother retooled its line-up, adding bassist Colin Buis (Twilight Transmission, Mean Season) to the fold. After forging an alliance with a reputable management team, the band quickly began to write and record tracks for Glory Bound with the assistance of studio drummer Mike Fasano. "We had a handful of songs to get started," Vallely recalls. "The rest, we wrote as the process went along. And we kind of just threw everything at the wall."

After some initial recording dates and introducing drummer Brendan Murphy (also from Twilight Transmission) to the line-up, Revolution Mother simply couldn't leave good enough alone. Hampton, the band's primary songwriter, forged ahead and continued to write additional material, eventually penning and recording one of its most pivotal, poignant tracks, "Above The Crawl." The doomsday buzzsaw guitar leads and slamming snare intro instantaneously signaled the band's transition into its current, more straightforward rock 'n' roll course � think more AC/DC, and a little less Black Flag.

"While we were in the studio is when the light at the end of the tunnel really came into focus," says Hampton. "More specifically while we were recording 'Above The Crawl.' I was just thinking, this is it. Fast songs are great. Slow songs are great. But there is something that grabs a hold of you when you can tap your foot and bob your head to it. For me, that is what draws me to a band."

Additionally, the message behind "Above The Crawl" found Mike V. forgoing his well-treaded finger-pointing messages of the past, instead opting to aim for a larger lyrical target.

"My initial experiences of music that mattered to me were things like Minor Threat," says Vallely. "I definitely have been influenced and inspired by that, which came through in my songwriting. And between Mike V and the Rats and the Enjoy The Ride EP, I feel like I've kind of got that out of my system. I felt like I was moving in this direction and my writing's getting broader. Our vibe is just straight rock 'n' roll. We're moving away from any radical statements � we just want to entertain and put on one hell of a show. I'm about something, so I just can't turn that off, but we don't want to be overbearing."

Vallely also credits the guidance of Mudrock for Revolution Mother's updated sonic direction. "Mudrock was really good with the arrangements," he says. "I listened to what we demoed out, and I thought it was really cool, but Mudrock made things into more of a song. He tightened things up and definitely had an ear for that."

After recording nearly 20 tracks for the band to choose from, Glory Bound is a fine-tuned, carefully selected set, highlighting all facets of the incredibly diverse Revolution Mother songbook.

"The one thing I am really shooting for is a well rounded record," says Hampton. "Fast songs, slow songs, peaks and valleys. All my favorite records deliver in this way. For example, when you get on a roller coaster, the drop is the best part, right? What people forget is, the part that makes the drop so great is the long, drawn-out clicking sound on the way up. The set-up. Right when you're feeling comfortable, the floor drops out. That's how a record should feel to me."

Revolution Mother has also tightened its live set for the forthcoming summer's Vans Warped Tour, and will be performing on its own stage, courtesy of the tour's founder and longtime skateboarding advocate Kevin Lyman. The act will be appearing in support of Glory Bound on the entire summer tour, performing adjacent to the ramp on which Mike V. will skate. In fact, Revolution Mother likely has the best scenario for any band on the tour, with the ability to establish their our own set times and perform as many times as they wish.

"Warped is like diving in the trenches and banging it out," says Hampton. "We are fired up to get out there and prove ourselves."

"I've been doing music for seven years now, and I've always felt the music speaks for itself," adds Vallely. "I don't expect an instant audience. I'm down for going out there and proving ourselves. And I think the Warped Tour is a great opportunity for us to do that."

In fact, the members of Revolution Mother have always succeeded thanks to their relentless drive ("No band is more focused and hungry as Revolution Mother," says Hampton) and by taking advantage of the excellent opportunities before them.

"It's really up to us," says Vallely. "What we do is in our hands. I want to be able to go out there and deliver on all this, and hopefully that's what we'll do. The main thing for me is that at the end of the day, the music's got to stand up for itself. And I think it does."