Changing My Mind
Revolution Saints backstory
Looking for a bona fide AOR supergroup? You found it.
Led by Journey vocalist/drummer Deen Castronovo, Revolution Saints boast decades of experience in the rock and roll game.
Featuring bassist Jeff Pilson (Foreigner/Dokken) and guitarist Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake/ Night Ranger), veteran talent’s hardly at a premium here.
And it was always the case.
Pilson and Hoekstra replaced Jack Blades (Night Ranger/Damn Yankees) and Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake/Dio) in 2022.
And the new line up released the critically acclaimed Eagle Flight last year.
It was the fourth Revolution Saints long player since 2015 when the band’s self-titled debut announced a new dawn for melodic rock.
Castronovo has rolled with the punches to reinvent one of the most talked about AOR bands of the last decade.
And Revolution Saints’ evolution continues when new album Against The Winds drops early next month.
In guitarist Joel Hoekstra’s own words
“Changing My Mind is a fun, melodic rock track.
“It shines a light on the amazing singing and drumming of Deen Castronovo and the always stellar, tasteful bass work of Jeff Pilson.
“I’m honoured to be playing with these guys!
“I hope you enjoy it!”
The verdict on Changing My Mind
Unsurprisingly, this meticulously produced exercise in perfectly polished AOR evokes memories of Journey’s mid 80s heyday.
Castronovo’s pin sharp lead vocals prove that drummers really can sing — at least some of them.
And it seems that Hoekstra and Pilson have found a reassuringly familiar home from home after finding their feet on Eagle Flight.
The former trades in light and shade on a track that allows for the full gamut of guitar wizardry.
Hoekstra has worked incredibly hard for his high-profile spots with Whitesnake, Night Ranger and the Saints and that commitment to the cause is paying off.
Changing My Mind’s a delightful mix of throwback melodic rock with a subtle metallic edge as Castronovo and co. pitch their latest single with understated confidence.
The Revolution is coming… but on this evidence fans of classic AOR shouldn’t fear wholesale change.
What’s next for Revolution Saints
New album Against The Winds drops via Frontiers Records on February 9.