She Wants Revenge is the Californian duo of Justin Warfield (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Adam Bravin (bass, keyboards, guitar, drum machine, percussion, programming, vocals). Considered part of the post-punk revival movement of the ’00s, they have been compared to Joy Division or Interpol, although their musical influences are far wider and range from the dance acts of the ’80s like New Order or Depeche Mode and the alternative rock groups of the ’90s, such as Pulp, My Bloody Valentine, and Sonic Youth, to the darker rock of The Cure, Bauhaus, and The Sisters of Mercy who helped create the aesthetics of the original gothic rock genre.
The group’s self-titled debut album was released in early 2006, followed by the sophomore This Is Forever (2007) and the Save Your Soul EP (2008). While all of these releases stayed closed to a darkwave sound, the band’s latest EP Up And Down marks a change in their sound that will probably alienate the goth-inclined members of their fanbase. Forget the gloomy soundscapes and the undertones of post-punk and ’80s synthpop; this time it’s Justin Timberlake meets Prince via The Faint. The music is still catchy, sexy, and more danceable than ever, but at times it may sound too mainstream club-friendly for some of you – myself included. According to Adam Brevin though, the band’s third album will find She Wants Revenge returning to the dark roots of their first offering, so there is still hope; don’t rush to write them off just yet.