Shockwave: So I listened to your CD, When Darkness Calls, and I was very impressed with it. What I wanted to ask is, what was it like being in this band, as opposed to your past bands, Tokyo Blade and Arrest?
Bryan: Well, are we on record? (laughs) It's like night and day, really. I mean, I am still friends with most of the guys in Tokyo Blade. Really was cool to work with the other guitar player; but the others guys, so I don't want to bash the others, it was hard to work with the others in the band in a professional environment...but the whole aspect of the band was not working. In Reverence, we don't have that, and everything works a lot better. Everyone is down to earth, so it works a lot better, and I am happier in this band.
What's it like being involved with the big benefit concert Rock Harvest for Law Enforcement coming up in November?
Well, I am really looking forward to the show. I am a big supporter of the police community, fire and anything regarding that. It started out as a one-day show initially, then a two-day show, and now got stretched to three days. They are getting a lot of great talent, such as King Kobra, Ron Keel, among others the who's who of metal in the '80s and '90s. It's going to be a blast. Such a great festival to be a part of.
Well, I was wondering, what made you decide to get into music in the first place, or in the music business in general?
Well, for me, I always loved music, always been a music fan; but for me, it did not really did not decide anything till I saw Kiss doing stuff in the same vein of Phantom of the Opera-type theatrics, and I decided then and there I wanted to be like Kiss. (laughs) Everybody has their idols, inspiring them to do what they do. If you love it, hopefully you will make something from it. I eventually got out of Kiss and got into different bands, but that's where it started and just snowballed from there.
The first record, we did not even have the band built yet, so basically, I started the whole thing. Then I found Todd, and he partnered with me; so me and him started writing before we had the other guys. In faith, there was no really room to have any other guys work on the songs with us – by the time we had the other guys join the band, we had about 70 to 80 percent of the songs worked out. Basically, I set the foundation, sent it to Todd to add his flair to it, and we worked together. He writes all his lyrics and all his melodies, and he gives me suggestions, and I would do the same. We both idolize Chris Olivia from Savatage. Overall, the whole experience was very good. Pretty much, it was all done over mp3s via the Internet, and it really seemed to work for us.
Since you are one of the songwriters, I was wondering, do you split up the workload with the lead singer? How is that worked out?