By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Influenced by acts like Neck Deep, CHON and Three Days Grace, New York City-based alternative group Autumn Revival just dropped the official music video for their sophomore single “Parasite.”
The song revolves around a story of being stuck in a toxic relationship and choosing to leave it for good. In turn, the video explores the spontaneous rush of escapism from something hard to leave.
Formed in 2017, Autumn Revival are vocalist/rhythm guitarist Alexy Perez, vocalist/lead guitarist Mickey Lozano, bassist Joshua Reguillo and drummer Miguel Vasquez.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with Lozano/Reguillo about “Parasite” and more.
Music Bugle – How did you guys decide on the band name?
Mickey Lozano – I came up with the name way back in 2015, two years before the band was even formed. I knew that if I was going to start a professional music career, I would need a band name that stood out. The “Revival” part of the name comes from the theological idea of bringing about a restoration of life and consciousness. In other words, I want to breathe life and hope into others through our music. I’ve struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts since I was 11 years old. I want our music to reach the broken and be that escape that I desperately needed when I was in their shoes, just like bands such as Three Days Grace and Flyleaf did for me. The “Autumn” part of the name is nothing so long-winded. Fall is simply my favorite season.
Music Bugle – What inspired you to write “Parasite”?
Mickey Lozano – I think we’ve all met our fair share of manipulative and narcissistic people. Whether they’re a friend, family member, or lover, cutting off someone who is toxic can be a very difficult thing to do. The emotional torment of leaving them behind can wreak havoc on a person’s mental health. Often times, we end up going back to the person who hurt us the most. Whether it’s because we feel guilty or we simply feel we love them too much to let them go. “Parasite” wasn’t inspired by any one person, but by our cumulative experiences of dealing with toxic people.
Music Bugle – How would you describe New York City to someone who has never been there before?
Joshua Reguillo – Sesame Street on hard drugs. Just kidding! NYC is definitely loud, fast and one of the most diverse places on earth. You never know what you’ll see in the streets and transit systems. There’s a ton of art being expressed, along with nutty people being nutty.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Joshua Reguillo – Like most, we had to take time apart and reflect on ourselves individually. A lot of introspection and boredom. We used the downtime to find the inspiration to come back bigger and better.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Joshua Reguillo – “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams,” by Eleanor Roosevelt. We believe in manifesting our own destiny and chasing our dreams, no matter the obstacles.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you feel the need to escape?
Mickey Lozano – To the bottom of a bottle. (Laughs) Just kidding. I actually love hanging out with my friends, listening to music and watching stand-up comedy when I need to blow off some steam.
Music Bugle – What helps you stay focused in the recording studio?
Mickey Lozano – The fact that we paid for it. (Laughs) There’s some truth to that, but mostly we just want to create something that our fans will enjoy, something we can be proud of.
Music Bugle – What’s something you wish happened more in today’s music industry?
Joshua Reguillo – More music on MTV and a lot more drive-in shows.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Mickey Lozano – Dreamhouse, Chvrches, Pale Waves and Persei.
Joshua Reguillo – The new MGK and Knuckle Puck albums are pretty good, our homies in Persei, The Phoenix Within and Emensia dropped some fire tracks too!
Music Bugle – What are your goals for the next year?
Mickey Lozano – To release our very first EP! We’re currently working towards establishing a greater social media presence, so hopefully, the fruits of our labor will be visible within the coming year.
Joshua Reguillo – We just want to be further than we were this year and evolve to the next big thing, musically and mentally.
*Photo credit – Ysenia Bonilla*