Revel in Romance Will Leave You Reveling in Delight Over New Single, "Young"
Atlanta-based band Revel in Romance will make you feel all the feels with their newest upbeat single, “Young,” released on June 21. The five-piece band is comprised of siblings Saxony Raine Rehklau (vocals), Remington Rehklau (bass) and Parker Rehklau (guitar). The sibling trio are joined by Devin Maier (guitar) and newest member, drummer Mark Robinson.
Revel in Romance first formed back in 2014, and released their debut EP “Right and Wrong” in 2016. If you have yet to be introduced to Revel in Romance, you’re missing out—the band’s energetic, powerhouse tunes and Saxony Raine’s searing vocals conjure uniquely anthemic sounds that could best be described as a cross between Paramore’s Hailey Williams and Florence Welch.
Coming off of the release of their newest single, “Young,” lead singer Saxony Raine sat down with Music & Mojitos in an exclusive interview to discuss “Young,” the band’s early days, how she went from being “the annoying little sister” to lead singer, and what it was like to open for the All American Rejects.
Q: You just released your newest single, “Young.” Can you tell me a little bit about the song and how it came together? What was the inspiration for it?
A: Young was an interesting one for us. Personally, I was in a very fun relationship where time was endless and passion was natural. We had dated previously when we were 15 and then again at 18. Anyways, he said something that made me kind of mad—I guess so mad that it sparked this idea of writing Young’s lyrics “I’m not sorry we were young.” He told me that the love we had when we were younger was “puppy love”, but for me that was my first real feeling of love. So we may have been young, but it wasn’t anything less.
In writing this song we were all focused on young love and wanted it to have an upbeat feel. I really feel like it’s perfectly portrayed from tones to lyrics!
Q: In your music, you don’t shy away from the difficult topics. “Young” touches on the idea of young love, while the title song from your “Smoke and Mirrors” EP discusses the relationship issues created by drug abuse. What draws you to these more serious themes? What do you hope fans will take away from your music?
A: I think for me, writing is easier if it’s from the heart. If it’s something I don’t know and something I’m “trying” to write, it sounds cheesy and inaccurate…and also it’s easier to connect to something and feel the passion behind it if it’s something real. I really hope fans connect with the real life moments I’ve experienced. I really want people to know I’m with them and that whatever thing they’re experiencing, someone else might be too!
Q: You guys formed five years ago, back in 2014. At that time, you were only 16! When did you start getting involved in music and voice? When did you know that creating music and forming a band was what you wanted to do?
A: I’d always watched Parker [guitar] in bands growing up. He’s my older brother and my idol and I was always that annoying little sister that wanted to do whatever Parker was doing. I started singing professionally at 15 in the first band I was in. It truly became my passion and what I wanted to do with my life—we’d had so many grand experiences and I had so much fun on the road spreading my story that when that band broke up, we formed Revel in Romance, which has only taken me on an entirely new journey!
Q: As part of that journey, you’ve performed alongside some pretty amazing artists like The Band Perry, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and Kings of Leon. What are some of your favorite moments from those shows?
A: There’s so many! The Band Perry was epic because not only are they the NICEST people, but the crowed for that show was the biggest crowed I’ve ever played. And hearing my voice bouncing off the buildings around us was so sick!
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus also has some of the nicest people I’ve ever met, I’m even still in contact with them today. That show was a blast from the past for us. Having grown up with them as influences, we were a little starstruck.
For the Kings of Leon show we were on the beach. So the view of the water hitting the shore while soaking up the summer sun and performing to a whole new audience that we’ve never played to, again, had us smiling from ear to ear.
We’ve also opened for All American Rejects (which I have to talk about for a quick second because my celebrity crush in middle school was their lead singer, Tyson). I think I was too starstruck to even speak, but I may have squeaked a hello—I was honestly too shaky to remember! Their show was so much fun to watch and it was a pleasure to perform Summerfest again last year.
Also, this sounds super cheesy, but I have to add that my favorite part of every show though is being able to be surrounded by the best musicians I know and all of us being equally as excited for our passion to grown more and more every time. We’re always talking about our thoughts on the show afterwards and I don’t think there’s ever been one where we haven’t talked about accidental moments where we’re jumping in time together or how one of us nailed that really crazy solo. And then just being able to travel with people I know have my back and who know I have theirs is all I could ever ask for.
Q: Shifting gears a bit, I love that Revel in Romance is involved in all production aspects from the EP to the music videos to the live shows. On top of that, the band is really invested in the album artwork. I know sometimes band will just slap a picture on the cover or leave that to production teams, so I love your attention to detail. Why is the EP/album artwork so important to you?
A: The album art is like the cover of a book. You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but everyone does a little bit. So we want to have something that represents us. We want to stand out from the crowed In the colors we choose and the pictures we choose. We want to be seen and not thumbed past. So consistency and passion for every little detail has done us super well!
Q: Can you tell me a little bit about how this played into your debut EP, “Right and Wrong?” You guys released 2 versions of the EP- the "Right" version, and the "Wrong" version- each with its own collection of album art. This is SUCH a cool concept! How would you compare the two different versions? And how did you come up with the idea? Did you find fans gravitating to a particular version?
A: Speaking for myself, my answer is that we wanted to sell more albums. So if people were buying the same music with different pictures? Why not? Right? It was a really cool concept where we wanted to do more and we did. It really was Parker’s idea for all of this though and we weren’t sure how it was going to work, so we said “We’ll never know until we try!” And we went for it. And let me just tell you, the results were way better than we all thought they would be. It’s definitely a concept we’ll continue to use (including with this new “Smoke and Mirrors” EP).
Q: What’s your biggest dream or goal for Revel in Romance?
A: Personally, I’d love to do an entire festival circuit as a headlining artist and be able to be the sole reason someone buys a ticket to a festival. And a blue check mark on all socials is something we always talk about being my Lifelong Goal! [laughs]. Every time we reach a thousand more followers or likes everyone looks at me and says “one step closer to that blue check mark!”
Q: What do you have next in the pipeline? Any projects or shows we should keep an eye out for?
A: Oh wow, [we have lots going on]. Single releases, EP releases (with hidden tracks!), music videos, tours. Literally we’re about to be so loud with all the upcoming releases. This is the year of constant Revel—we’re excited for you to see it unfold and follow along!