Interview : Isaiah Perez : Righteous Vendetta
At 21 years old, Texas native Isaiah Perez is the drummer of Wyoming based rock/metal outfit Righteous Vendetta.
Taking over the role behind the kit in 2011 Perez has been touring extensively with Righteous Vendetta, a band willing to put in the hours on the road. He sat down with us before his show in Destin, FL to talk about their upcoming album The Fire Inside, the band’s Christian roots and their recent transition between genres.
Here below are responses from Perez; all answers are non-verbatim and have been rewritten by myself from notes taken during the interview.
Tell me a bit about your kit and what makes it special to you?
I’ve got a Tama Silverstar that I’ve had for a while. It’s a basic set up with 12” and 16” toms, 22” bass drum and 14” snare. I’ve got an A Custom 20” crash, 18” China and 23” Avida Sweet Ride too. However while I’ve been touring with Taproot I’ve been using his [Dave Coughlin’s] kit to play our set to save on time between acts. And let’s not forget that he’s set up with a DW5000 while I’m accustomed to my Iron Cobra.
Your upcoming album, The Fire Inside, is coming out next week, which is very exciting. Tell us about the album.
Yah, with The Fire Inside we decided to take a new direction with our musical sound. It was a big decision; we asked God about where to go and we decided we needed to stray away from a completely metal album and use rock based grooves. Whereas we were so accustomed to playing blast beats, we all had to dig a little deeper; from the songwriting for Hayes to rhythms for us, we all had to work hard for this album.
What was it like making your music video for your first single, This Pain and what is the song about?
With This Pain, this was a combination of both our first song geared towards the new rock feel I mentioned and also my first music video. Strangely, the video director shot the [non band] action scenes in its entirety before we filmed the music. The video makes it seem like were all in the same room but we never even met the actress that was used in the video. The song and subsequent video has a clear underlying message related to suicide, but the takeaway from it is that you’re never alone, God is always by your side.
There’s a clear transition with the Vol 1 EP being more rock and less [scream oriented] metal. Tell us about the transition.
As I mentioned, we decided to take our sound in a new direction. A big part of that was to reach a new audience. In our genre, and more specifically in Christian Metal, you can only get so big before you need to try new things and open up your accessibility to a larger audience.
Right, so Righteous Vendetta is a Christian Rock Band, correct? What does that mean today / how is it different from a non-Christian rock band?
I guess the best way to describe it is our relationship as a band with God. We don’t really feel the need to shove it in anyone’s face though; we don’t talk about Jesus on stage. It’s more the idea of our actions even speaking louder than our words. Sure, we don’t party after shows but other than that I’d say we’re a “normal” band. We do however all huddle around the drums right before we start in order to say a prayer, but usually it’s to “shred people’s faces off”.
What’s your tour schedule like and what do you have coming up?
We absolutely love touring but when we’re on the road so much it can be hard to be away from home. Like many bands, we tour our butts off to generate fans, hoping that through the shows and word of mouth our audience will grow. We’ve got 4 more weeks with Taproot then we go home for a bit before going back out with Trapt and again later with Hed(Pe).