Before Halloween, I got the chance to speak to Derek Davis, lead singer for the California based Babylon A.D. who have put out a brand new album titled Revelation Highway and if you haven’t heard or added this to your collection, you are missing out. In any case, here is that interview.
Shockwave: Hi, Derek. This is Michael. Thanks for taking the time to do this.
Derek Davis: Yeah. No problem man. Happy to do it. Did you do that review for us?
SW: Yes I did. I hope it was to your liking.
Derek: That was a great review man. Thank you very much for that. It was very cool.
SW: You’re very welcome. I haven’t stopped playing it. The new album rocks.
Derek: Well, that’s what we wanted to do, We wanted to make people go ‘That thing rocks,man,’ it kicks ass.
SW: Tell me about the album a bit. How did the title come about?
Derek: You’re about the tenth person to ask me that. Is that a super cool title or something(laughing). What happened was it was a line in the song “Crash and Burn” and I just told the other guys, that would be a really cool title if we called it Revelation Highway and they all just went yup, that’s the title of the album. Pretty simple huh? It happened that fast.
SW: Tell me how the writing of the album became to be. Did you write a lot of it?
Derek: We just throw it all out there and collaborate what works best for us. We’ve always done that, sort of. It really doesn’t matter who writes it.
SW: Were you guys aiming for that 80’s feel to it?
Derek: We just wanted to be true to ourselves and we still are to this day. Nobody ever said let’s try to be modern or let’s try it this way instead. It’s a Babylon A.D. record and it really wasn’t very hard to do especially with the same five guys in the room that we had when we first started this band thirty years ago.
SW: That has to be very special to have the same guys in the band this long. You’re in rare company. Not a lot of bands can say that.
Derek: Oh yeah. We all went to high school together and have done everything together with this band and then some.
SW: Back to the songs, did you have these songs for a while or all these brand new?
Derek: We started pulling out every single song we ever had, since the very beginning and rehashing all types of old stuff we had. We also had a bunch of new songs we all brought in and we just dissected everything until we had 20-25 songs and then recorded 16 of them and put 10 of them on this album and we have 6 more ready to go for the next album. So in a nutshell, that is what we did.
SW: Why the big break between American Blitzkrieg and this album?
Derek: I think it was just not knowing if we had enough fans out there still. Everybody in the band was growing up too, buying houses, having kids, starting businesses. We were just finally growing up after all those years of partying and playing and being crazy animals for so long. There was also a period where rock wasn’t that big around 2003 and 2004. The fans weren’t there. Now fast forward to now, it’s like a new resurgence with bands like us everywhere so the time was just right.
SW: The last song on the album, “Don’t Tell Me Tonight,” that song just rocks and is my favorite. How did that song come to be?
Derek: The funny thing is, that is the second song we ever wrote together as a band. The second one. It’s from 1987 and it still sounds good, huh? That’s what was so cool about making this record. We knew we had gems in our pocket based on playing these songs years ago. It just stayed in our vault the whole time.
SW: Are there touring plans for next year for you guys?
Derek: We are talking to a lot of different promoters right now. There is nothing in concrete set, except maybe being in Europe in April or May, but other than some bay area shows, that’s it right now.
SW: I do hope the promoters of M3 contact you one day because you would fit in that festival like a glove.
Derek: I’m very surprised they haven’t contacted us yet because we would love to play that one. It’s one of the few right in our genre and I think the fans would love it if we do.
Check out Babylon A.D.’s new album if you haven’t, It’s one of the best rock albums I’ve heard all year.