No, we’re not here to chat about Destroy the Runner songs. Thoughts in Reverse is the name of a metalcore act out of Syracuse, NY. Formerly known as From the Ashes, the quintet decided to switch things up after parting ways with singer Anthony Phillips. Now fronted by vocalist Brian Magee, the group is determined to take their ferocious sound to a stage near you. The band’s aggressive new EP, ‘Sightings,’ comes equipped with thrash-worthy riffs courtesy of guitarists Nicholas Panagakis and Scott Garland, the bloodthirsty voice of Magee, and inerrable playing of drummer Kory Stuhler and bassist Jon Page.
Head below to find out how Thoughts in Reverse picked their name and whether or not they have any regrets about it.
Who came up with the band name?
Brian: Kory and Scott were the driving force there. I wasnt in the band yet, so it’s my understanding that Kory saved us from being named something really terrible. I won’t mention the name because I’m 90% sure there is a band out there using the name they didn’t choose.
Kory: The band name was collectively voted on between myself, our bassist Jon, our guitarist Scott, and our former vocalist Anthony. It was down to a few names.
Was there a selection process?
Brian: I think Kory put a bunch of words on a dartboard and threw three darts.
Kory: We asked a magician to pull a random name out of a hat! [laughs] We just voted! Democracy rules, and it took us a few weeks to settle on a name we were all okay with.
Is there a particular meaning behind the name?
Brian: It’s just another way of saying “to think differently.” To, like, approach your normal thought process backwards.
Kory: It basically means to think differently or to have a different way of thinking, and not to just follow the same treaded path. That’s the basic meaning.
What’s the best name that you considered but rejected?
Brian: Brian Magee and The Dudes.
Kory: The other names it came down to were Misfortunes and The Escape Artist.
What’s the worst name that you considered using?
Brian: The Debbie Downer Boner Jammerz.
Kory: We voted on A Shotgun Opera for a day then realized how awful it was! Smartest move we ever made! [laughs]
Any regrets about the name you chose?
Kory: We are all happy with the name we chose, so no real regrets, no. The only unfortunate aspect is now due to the success of the band Falling in Reverse, who happened to come around after us.
Pick up Thoughts in Reverse’s new EP, Sightings.
For the band’s upcoming tour dates, check out their Facebook page.