She Wants Revenge was one of those bands I first heard via MySpace many years ago, didn’t know who they were, but couldn’t stop listening. And when they were done, I wanted to hear more. Comprising a duo of Justin Warfield and Adam Bravin, the band from Southern California are eerily engaging – their combination of Darkwave, Alternative, Post-Punk Revival and traces of Goth were a compelling mix of musical genres and styles, together with biting and provocative lyrics, they were a unique and wildly interesting band.
Why they haven’t become household name is a mystery. They did achieve a modicum of success via TV and film soundtracks, and they did several tours with Depeche Mode and Placebo in 2006. Despite the comparative lack of mainstream success – they did gain a large (and growing) following. Their debut album sold over 300,000 copies and their subsequent 2nd and 3rd albums have sold reasonably well. Earlier this year they dropped hints of a possible reunion, they had been inactive since announcing a hiatus in 2012.
Tonight it’s a concert from the legendary Rock am Ring festival in Mendig Germany, part of the big promotional tour they did to coincide with their release of their debut album and opened for Depeche Mode.
Even though they played early in the day (morning, actually) and attendance was sparse, they still turned in a spirited and energetic performance, which was luckily captured by WDR for their Rockpalast series.
Sadly, there isn’t a lot of live material for this band, so this concert is something of a rarity and needs to be played very loud, in order to get the full effect of Justin Warfield’s compelling voice. But that’s just me.
Their albums and singles are still in print, and I would urge you to check them out if you aren’t familiar – I would also urge you to keep an eye out for some promised reunion gigs, which are said to be happening later on this year.