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She Wants Revenge used between-albums break to good effect

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011

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Though it's been four years between albums -- "Time is Forever" and the just-released "Valleyheart" -- She Wants Revenge was plenty busy during the interim.

The Los Angeles modern rock group -- formed in 2005 by boyhood friends Justin Warfield and Adam "12" Bravin and now a quartet -- released three EPs and toured, including opening for the Psychedelic Furs and Echo & the Bunnymen. Warfield got married and started a family. Bravin started work on a solo album. "A lot of life and a lot of water went under the bridge," Warfield notes.

But, he adds, there was "never a concern" about doing another album.

"Adam and I are best friends and we're also bandmates, and it's very intense at times," says Warfield, 38. "So there were definitely a couple of moments over the years where I was like, 'Wow, I wonder if we're really gonna make it through this period?'

"But inevitably our friendship and a love for the music we make wins out, and cooler heads prevail. At the end of the day there's a lot of things that make us want to keep going."

For "Valleyheart," Warfield and Bravin wound up crafting what the former calls "a loose narrative" about the San Fernando Valley, where they hail from. Besides the music they're directing five videos or short films each for the individual songs, while Bravin took the photos.

"We felt like we could tell a story in picture and songs," Warfield explains. "I feel like we're an sentimental band; there's an honesty and romanticism and heart-on-you-sleeve sentimentality in what we do. Even in songs we've done about a doomed romance, wanting someone despite the fact you know they're completely wrong for you, I think we're sentimental.

"I feel like that's a nice thing to have. I think people connect with that sort of honesty."

She Wants Revenge and Nico Vega perform Friday, May 27, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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