When Josh was only 5 years old he came across a vision on the television that would stick with him for the rest of his life. It was of a man constructing a glove with knives on the fingers. As he watched this movie he became frightened as the man with a green and red shirt, fedora hat, and knives on his fingers started chasing a girl through a boiler room, scraping the knives on metal objects causing terrible screeching sounds. He quickly ran into his bedroom and crawled under the covers. As he sat there he grew curious and poked his head out from under the covers turned the T.V. on and watch the remainder of the film and the rest is history. From then on Josh Browning was a horror movie fan, and refuses to let go of his childhood obsession with Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Freddy Kruger and all the other great horror movie icons. Also at a young age Josh's mother turned him on to music. A product of the 80's Josh grew up with the likes of Prince, Billy Joel, The Police, and Rick Springfield, just to name a few. Music also had a tremendous effect on Josh's life. In high school he began playing the drums, and has since moved on to playing bass, guitar, piano, banjo, and mandolin. Josh has been in a few bands, most notable are the bands Three, and Compound F, both fairly popular his home town of Panama City, Florida. Josh now writes and records his own music, and is trying to make a name for himself as a songwriter. In May 2005, Josh married his high school sweetheart Jenny Lou Strickland. They have been a couple for going on 11 years and have been married 4. Josh lives in Norfolk, Virginia with his wife, 2 dogs, and cat. On a typical day you can find Josh sitting at his computer playing his guitar, or catch him at a theater seeing a movie, or at the Naro Expanded Cinema renting movies to put into his storage locker of a brain.
“I want to hold you close, soft breath, beating heart, as I whisper in your ear, I want to fucking tear you apart.”
Justin Warfield sings in his baritone vocal style and leaves you wondering “does he want this person sexually, or does he literally want to tear her apart?” This is one example of the world Watkins and guitarist/keyboardist Adam 12 create in their music that draws you in like a stalker to a victim.
Releasing their self titled debut in early 2006, She Wants Revenge have crafted a pretty unique style blending goth rock with electronic beats and eerie piano melodies. They have been compared to the likes of bands such as Joy Division, Bauhaus, and Interpol, mostly because of Watkins baritone vocals. The thing that draws me to them as a fan is the way they put the listener in the same world they are living in and you follow Warfield on his journey, weather it is wanting a girl so badly that he will tear her apart once he gets his hands on her, or singing about a girls who has been through a terrible ordeal, and tries to get on with her life (She Will Always Be a Broken Girl, from 2007’s This is Forever).
Another great element about She Wants Revenge is how they bring their songs to life with videos. Reminiscent of David Lynch or Stanley Kubrick their videos are typically very dark, suspenseful, and often leave you wondering “What the hell was that about?” which is something i love in film and story-telling is when it doesn’t leave you peacefully and makes you think.
I believe that She Wants Revenge bring something fresh to the table and will be around for a long time. Although under the radar, they have had songs in many movies and TV shows, and don’t get the credit they deserve as being a great band with great songs. Please check out their videos and albums.
2006’s She Wants Revenge (Perfect Kiss)
2007’s This is Forever (Perfect Kiss/Universal)
2008’s Save Your Soul EP (Perfect Kiss)
You can find videos on You Tube!