Waylon Reavis, known for his decade-long tenure in Mushroomhad is back with a new band – A Killer’s Confession. The group, comprised of Reavis, JP Cross, Jon Dale, Paul Elliot, and Matt Trumpy. The group just released their debut album “Unbroken” and Alternative Addiction talked with Reavis about how he joined the band, how it’s a different situation for him and his state of mind.
“Last year I was scouting,” explained Reavis in the recent interview with Alternative Addiction. “I told bands that I’d sing on their album but they didn’t realize I was scouting for a band. I wanted to get back into singing again but nobody realized I was actually looking. The very last email that I opened was from a direct guy named Matthew Coffee and he sent the song “A Killer’s Confession.” I got that song and Coffee introduced me to Paul and John, the other guitarist and drummer, and JP is from 3 Quarters Dead so we just kind of came together and It’s been a whirlwind ever since.”
With Mushroomhead, he came into the band when it was already established. He was joining someone else’s band and they had already made it. With A Killer’s Confession, even though some of the guys were involved ahead of time, it’s still something that Reavis is joining at the start, before the debut album was released. That’s not the only way that A Killer’s Confession is different from Mushroom head. Reavis talked about that in the interview.
“It’s an entirely different monster. It’s written differently, it’s not approached the same, everybody has their freedom. My job is to do lyrics and vocals and oversee to make sure the song is up to par. But I really leave the music up to them. I don’t get the music until they’re done with it. When they’re finished with it that’s when I listen to it and put my two cents in on it. It’s a different type of project. It’s everything I want to do. It’s an organic thing. If it doesn’t feel that way, we burn it and move on. It’s a fun band to be a part of. We’re not trying to strangle ourselves to write a song, we just kind of let it happen,” he added.
Reavis has also done something different with this record than he had done with Mushroomhead. There’s a far more personal approach to the way that Reavis is writing lyrics and it begins with looking at the past and using that for inspiration.
“For the first time, I started visiting my past and my mother and some of the things she taught me,” explained Reavis. “My mother’s been passed for 26 years and I thought about something she taught me. She taught me about living my life and not holding negativity. For the first time, I was able to write about that and I was sitting there and I was stunned. My mother inspired me here and my wife helped too. She helped me write lines for a chorus and she suggested having Kimberly Freeman sing on the last song of the album. This album just feels like more of a personal album.”
In the interview Reavis came off as someone who liked to live in the now and has transitioned away from holding grudges and bad feelings towards anybody. We asked if he was bitter after he left Mushroomhead and he gave us an honest answer.
“I did,” said Reavis. “But it’s over and I’m over it. I’ve moved on. I’m happy right now. People see the lyrics and they think that I’m in a bad spot. I’m not, that’s just me getting that off of my chest. I’m in the best spot of my life. I feel that this is the band that I’ve always meant to be in. I wish that I found this band when we were all 25. I’m older but I know what to do and what not to do. Things could be a little different but I think this happened when it was meant to happen.” -aa