Artist Interview – The Upset Victory

The Upset Victory is an upcoming rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio and is our latest Sonicbids competition winner. The Upset Victory consist of Stephen Campbell, Frank Hammonds, Jason Dill, Aaron Roy and Eric Vice at Song Revelation we were delighted that coming up to the hectic holiday season they had the time to complete an interview with Song Revelation. Read the entire interview below where Stephen and the rest of the guys discuss how their musical backgrounds evolved into the formation of Upset Victory, what they’re currently working on and what they’re hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.



The Upset Victory

The Upset Victory


Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Courtesy of a great writer, Nick Alfonse, who says it best:


Recharged and reloaded with more firepower than ever, The Upset Victory are proving yet again they are the up and coming champs of the Cincinnati indie music scene. Taking cues from Saosin, Bayside, Saves the Day and Thursday, the five piece released Before the World Ends on Authentik Artists before hitting Orlando’s Starlight Studios with famed producer Brock BerryHill and engineer Evan Coffman to record a trio of new tracks “Fake This,” “Sellin’ My Soul,” and “In Our Hands.” Highlighted by masterful production values and catchy, hair-raising choruses, this is an absolute must-listen for fans of the genre.


Q: What is your musical background?

Our musical background shifts from each band member. A lot of our band has roots deeply embedded in rock music i.e. punk, classic rock, and metal. A lot of us got our starts in the punk scene and it all evolved from that. However, we have a profound appreciation for all genres, in particular anyone who can craft a well-written song. To us, the song is the most important thing to take into consideration.


Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

The past year has been a whirlwind. We just finished filming our third music for our new single, “Fake This”, in early November. This song was recorded with the famed duo of Evan Coffman and Brock Berryhill at Starlight Studios in Orlando, Florida. This marks The Upset Victory’s seventh studio release and our third release over the past 12 months with a fourth on the way. We also released an extended EP (“Before the World Ends”) on Los Angeles based label, Authentik Artists, in the spring. Our mentality is to constantly have a stream of new material to churn out to only keep fans interested but ourselves as well. We also had the opportunity to play with several amazing bands over the summer, including some of our idols. Bands like Strung Out, The Red Jump Suit Apparatus, and Set It Off to name a few.


Q: Who inspires you musically?

My fellow band members influence me daily. They constantly push me into new directions both songwriting wise and building my chops. Constantly being challenged is certainly a big component in being a well-rounded musician. Day to day life – family, friends – all of that influences our songwriting.



Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

I think The Darkness would be a lot of fun to jam with. Those guys seem to legitimately have a lot of fun and encompass that whole “Rock N’ Roll” vibe that seems to be missing a lot in modern music.



Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

I’ve been listening to a really cool bluesy Southern rock singer songwriter from Northern Ohio called Patrick Sweany. Definitely has that cool ’70’s rock vibe to his sound.


Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

Jason writes most of the lyrics on his own as well as vocal melodies. The basic structure of songs are demoed and worked out, at least for this Orlando EP coming out, at our bassist’s home. It was either one acoustic guitar, or at the most two, just hashing out arrangements. Our mentality is if it sounds good stripped down it’ll be even better with the entire band and additional depth and layers production provides.


Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Both are so crucial. Probably to the average ear melody is what initially captivates you, however, having lyrical depth is what sets a band apart. I think our singer, Jason, does a remarkable job of tackling both. Conjuring up a catchy hook is challenging, yes, however, writing memorable and catchy lyrics is truly a feat. I think people appreciate both even if it’s subconsciously.


The Upset Victory

The Upset Victory


Q: Where are you based?

We’re all originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.


Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

It’s interesting because people think Ohio and think farmlands, cows, etc. Which is true in northern Ohio, however, Cincinnati is a major metropolis in the Midwest with skyscrapers, and the whole get up.  As of late there’s been a really cool revival going in, particularly in the Over-the-Rhine district of the city. OTR is where I currently live and where we also filmed our music videos for “Actions” and “Fake This”.  There’s been a real resurgence in bands “making it” and coming out of Cincy so I’m curious to see what the next few years will bring.


Q: What are you currently working on?

We’re currently about to release a new single, “Liars & Letdowns”, as a sort of “fourth release” before year’s end. After that, continue to gig out per usual but also focus on writing new material.


Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

It’s hard to pin point just one exact thing. I think the mere fact that I get to play music with some of my best friends and enjoy it so much is an accomplishment in and of itself. TUV has been a machine that has accomplished quite a lot in the short time we’ve been together; everything from seven recordings, playing Warped Tour, playing with some of our favorite national acts, seeing the country, and the list goes on. I feel we’ve only gotten started and there’s always more ground and milestones to conquer.


Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

To continue to do what we always do; enjoying playing music and entertaining fans, as well as ourselves. Having fun with this is key. It’s always interesting to see what our next release will sound like. Sonically we’re chameleons; constantly shifting with each release and I love that about us.



Q: What do you do to relax?

I like to go shooting, the gym, playing some guitar on the couch, nothing too crazy; pretty straightforward but helps me.


Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

To keep at it. The biggest error in anything in life is quitting and/or getting discouraged. Others make quit on you but don’t quit on what you believe in.


Editor’s Note: The Upset Victory make mouth-watering rock music that draws on a variety of creative and artistic influences. At Song Revelation we’re looking forward to their next album and hope that they complete an international tour soon.


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