“Basically, our mission is to mix it up," says BTV’s keyboardist Seth Wilson. According to him, “Nothing’s sacred.”
Wilson, along with Trevor Woodford (drums), “Detour” (bass), and Derek “Squeak” (lead vocals/guitar) formed Born Through Vengeance more than two months ago from the stragglers of other local SLC bands. Influenced by Atreyu, Coldplay, Ben Seven Folds, and The Dreaming, BTV hopes to use those bands' epic stage performances as inspiration for their own.
“You get tired of seeing the same shows. I like the idea of a performance, not just musically, but visually,” insists Wilson.
With this in mind, members of the band occasionally wear costume pieces to emphasize their message. Nacho Libre masks or a suit covered in words like “Loser” or “P.O.S.”; comments and labels from childhood whose negative effects fuel the artists. While their lyrics tend to be intense, the message is clear that no matter how horrible life is now, there’s always light.
“Just because you’re messed up in the head, why should you be the black sheep? Why can’t you have dreams and do what you can?” asks Wilson.
Born Through Vengeance has two shows coming up at the end of May. Tonight, the band will kick off JagerFest tonight at the Abyss. BTV will play with other bands from around the Salt Lake Area for their first official show together. On May 29th, BTV will have the opportunity to throw their hats into the ring and compete at a Battle of the Bands, hosted at the Dawg Pound Tavern, with a chance at winning a recording deal. Members of BTV have high hopes that these shows will give them a chance to really let the world know who they are and what they have to say.
“Everybody wants to be a rock star,” says Wilson , “but how many really want to touch someone, to relate to them?”
Jagerfest Friday @ Club Abyss (21 and over only), located at 1390 N. West Temple, SLC. Dawg Pound Tavern, 3550 S State St, SLC.