Get to know the bad boys of A Rebels Havoc
Brielle Silvers, Limelight magazine
Rebels isn’t only a part of their band name; it’s become their reputation over the past few years. A Rebels Havoc has taken the rock ’n’ roll world by storm, with their breakout debut album, Wreak Some Havoc, reaching multiplatinum success.
Their next album, Come Hell or Havoc, is one of the year's most anticipated albums and is expected to break legendary records.
Their name has been splashed all over the headlines as of late, and all the eyes on the bad boys of A Rebels Havoc have many questioning if this is the start of their downward spiral of fame? I had the chance to sit down with the rock stars and get insight into their world, and we’re excited to bring you along for the ride.
Brielle: I want to thank you for the opportunity to sit down with you today. Madden, your home is beautiful. As we were pulling up outside, I was saying that it looks like something straight out of a magazine.
Madden: Thank you, Brielle. Happy to have you here.
Brielle: I doubt there’s anyone in the country who hasn’t heard of you guys by now, but let’s start from the beginning. Tell me about how the band first began.
Tysin: Well, I guess it started the year Madden got a drum set from his parents for Christmas. Whenever we’d come over to his place, it seemed like he was always playing. He practiced every day. So when the weather started getting nicer in Carolina Beach, I began picking up odd jobs around town. Landscaping, mowing, that sort of thing. Enough to save up for my first guitar. The summer before high school, we spent every day together practicing. I don’t know that we ever really decided to form a band. It’s just something we started doing for fun, and one day Brix was like, “We should get the fuck out of Madden’s parents’ garage and start playing for a real audience.”
Madden: Brix was always pushing us to take the next step. I think we all wanted it, but he kept the pressure on. He likes having all the attention on him and putting him center stage was the way to do it.
Brix smirks and shrugs.
Brix: What can I say, I’m here to give the people what they want.
Brielle: So what was it like when you brought Trey into the mix?
The guys all chuckle.
Brix: At first, it was fuckin’ chaos. I mean, I understand why Tysin was a bit apprehensive. For years, he was doin’ it solo, but when we signed on with our label, they pressured us to add a second guitarist.
Tysin: If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. That’s what I was thinkin’. Like we got this far, and they want to change what we’re doing now. What the fuck? I’ll be honest, though. Now it feels like he was a missing piece and should’ve been here with us all along.
Trey nods, a grin curving his mouth.
Trey: I agree. Tysin took it as me pissing on his territory, but once he realized I wasn’t here to take away from them, he came around. I recognize I was lucky and in a unique position by stepping in when they’ve already busted their ass to get themselves this far. I think all of us, me included, felt like I was handed an incredible opportunity on a silver platter. It wasn’t easy, and I don’t think I was prepared for my life to be flipped upside down like it was. I mean, it was practically overnight.
Madden: You know, I think we thought that in the beginning, but it was before we ever truly knew him or saw what he brought to the table. Don’t get it twisted. Trey wasn’t new to the rock ’n’ roll scene. He’s played with other bands and gone out on the road. He’s one of the best guitarists I’ve ever met, and like Tysin said, he was a missing piece. We wouldn’t be complete without him today.
Trey elbows Madden, swinging his arm around Madden’s neck.
Trey: Aw. See Brielle, he’s a big asshole sometimes, but he’s not so bad.
Madden: Will you shut up already?
Madden shoves Trey off him, nearly knocking him off his barstool.
Brielle: Trey mentioned what it was like when he joined the band and how his life was flipped upside down overnight. I think the same could be said for all of you, though, right? It didn’t take long for your debut album, Wreak Some Havoc, to soar to the top of the charts. What was that like for you guys?
Brix: It was an adjustment, especially coming from living in a small town like Carolina Beach. We started off playing here for our hometown crowd and got used to being recognized when we were out. I think what opened our eyes was all the buzz and recognition we were getting from fans online, TikTok especially. They were showin’ up for us and sharing our music. We weren’t used to traveling out of state and having people recognize us on the street.
Tysin: I don’t think we’ll ever fully get used to this life, but we’re learning to love and embrace all that comes with it, even if it can be hard sometimes.
Brielle: What was growing up in Carolina Beach like for you?
Madden: We had some damn good times here.
Brix: We sure as hell did. I think a lot of people would say we ran wild around town, which is a lot of where Wreak Some Havoc came from. We lived it up and enjoyed all that came along with being young. Dating, partying, hitting up the beach or the bars, and hanging out with friends.
Tysin: We’ve always known this is our home, but a part of us still couldn’t wait to get out and spread our wings.
Brielle: What was your first tour like?
All the guys, minus Tysin, start cracking up.
Brielle: What’s so funny? I feel like I’m missing out on an inside joke.
Trey: Don’t get us wrong, Tysin was pumped to go out on the road and play in venues we’ve all only dreamed of. I think he envisioned it going down differently, though. First, he finds out I’m joining the band, which we know wasn’t well received initially. Then he found out his ex-girlfriend, who happens to be Madden’s sister, was coming out on the road as our manager too.
The guys all burst out laughing again, and Tysin shakes his head.
Tysin: Yeah, I think the universe was fuckin’ testing me with that one, for sure.
Madden: Keep in mind, I had no idea about their relationship. Although I’ve since learned I was the only one who didn’t know what the fuck was going on. The tour itself, though, was incredible. We all joke about how it felt like we were livin’ in a dream for those three months, but it was some of the best times of our life.
Brix: We never want it to stop, never want to slow down.
Brielle: If you don’t mind me asking, how did your relationships begin?
Brix: Well, that’s an interesting story for each of us. Ivy is my stepsister. Or well, she was before we got married. We went to high school together. She was one of the few people who wasn’t a fan of mine. Shit got crazy when she came home from college for the summer to stay with her mom, only for us both to find out our parents had eloped.
Tysin: I still remember how he tried to convince us nothing was happening between the two of them. He liked to play it off like they didn’t like each other, but we saw it coming. His whole world was flipped upside down with her.
Brix: Oh, like Kyla didn’t come in and do the same to you?
Tysin: I’ve been around Kyla most of my life. I mean, she’s Madden’s little sister, and honestly, our true fan from day one. She’s been there for us from the beginning. I think she’d agree, we’ve always had a special place for each other. We were young, though, and for years, Madden warned me to stay the fuck away from her. She was an angel to me in a lot of ways, and for the longest time, I believed she was too good for a man like me.
Madden: You know, lookin’ back, I think I always knew she had a crush on him and cared about him. I thought he was looking out for her because she was my sister, but as we got older, we all saw something in their relationship shift. There was a lot of animosity between the two of them. She’s best friends with Ivy, and I thought it was because of some shit that went down between them. I had no idea it was because they were both in love with each other and fighting their feelings.
Tysin: Yeah… I think we were both fighting against it for a long time. More so me though, if I’m honest. I didn’t want to believe I was worthy of a woman as pure-hearted and loving as she is, and I don’t know why, but she didn’t want to give up on me either.
Brielle: It’s so sweet to hear you guys talk about the women in your life. It’s clear to see how much you love them too. What about you, Trey? How did you and Layken first meet?
Trey: I think all of us can agree, we’ve fucked up in one way or another in our relationships. Layken and I both grew up in Nashville, so when I saw her out at a club in Philly on the first stop of our tour, I couldn’t put my finger on it but something about her drew her to me. I never saw myself settling down or finding love. I honestly thought I’d go through these same motions for the rest of my life. Going out on tour, playing for packed crowds, hitting up a club that night, and meeting new women along the way. Layken was different from the rest, though. There was an innocence to her. She’s nurturing and caring, and I found myself wanting to protect those things about her. As much as I told myself there’s no way I could give her the love she deserved, I found myself unable to let her go or stop thinking about her. So I stopped fighting it, and as fate would have it, she ended up pregnant, and I couldn’t be any fuckin’ happier.
Brielle: It’s clear to see these are some amazing women who have had a profound impact on your lives. What about your music? How have they changed this part of your lives, and is there anything we will see in your new album, Come Hell or Havoc?
Brix: We don’t have a set process for how we go about writing our music, which is what I love. Some songs we wrote together and others we wrote on our own. We always come together, though, to tweak it and refine it until we get a finished product we’re proud of. There are songs that are special to each of us for different reasons, like “Kiss Me Crazy” or “Left in Ruins.” There are others, but those two stand out.
Brielle: It’s so interesting to hear about your creative process. One of the burning topics, especially with the headlines circulating over the past year, are the rumors about you guys having a way with the ladies. Would you agree?
Brix: Over the years, yeah, I think that would be true. We were young, figuring out what we wanted in life.
Tysin: I’ll speak for myself in saying I made some mistakes before Kyla came back into my life last year. You learn a lot about who you are and what you want in life when you get out, date around, and meet new people. After a while, though, I realized I was chasing the wrong things. Lord knows it got us into some trouble along the way too.
Brielle: You guys have been talked about a lot in the media as of late. Is there anything you’d like to say about the rumors? Anything you’d like to clear up?
Trey: We’ve talked about this in previous interviews. It’s starting to feel like the only stories that get attention are the ones painting us in a bad light. Before I started seeing Layken, I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t going down a good path. I believe now that joining the band and seeing her again out on tour saved my life. I don’t think the road I was going down before would’ve led me to a good place. I’ll admit I made mistakes both before we were together and even early on. The stories about going to strip clubs and even the fight I got in back in Nashville were twisted in a way that almost seemed like they were intentionally trying to tear us apart and bring me down.
Madden: We’ve started to look at the people we have in our lives, who we trust opening up to and allow in our space. Forgive me for how this may sound, but it’s situations like this. Inviting you here, into my home, is like inviting you into my life. When you leave here, you could walk away and write whatever you want based on your opinion of us, and who knows what sort of effects that could have.
After sitting with the band and joining them for a live show at the local bar Whiskey Barrel, where they started out playing, it’s easy to see what it is about them that draws fans in.
Their presence on stage is electric, their music draws you in, and they are certainly easy on the eyes.
With their newest album, Come Hell or Havoc, immediately rising to the top of the charts, it’s clear to see they aren’t going anywhere.
Whether you hate to love them or love to hate them, A Rebels Havoc is here to stay.
Stick around, we asked the bad boys of A Rebels Havoc some fun facts about them.
Brix, if you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Teleportation would be sweet, and sure as hell would make traveling from city to city easier. Although I wouldn’t mind flying too.
Tysin, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Judging by the looks exchanged between Madden and Tysin, you can guess where his mind went to first.
I’m going to avoid risking my life and go with the safe answer. Sweets, I’m a big sweets guy. Anything sour or sweet, sign me up.
Trey, who is your musical inspiration?
Growing up in Nashville, I was raised around a lot of music, from blues to rock ’n’ roll to country. My parents introduced me to a lot of music. I’d say my musical inspirations are Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen.
Madden, what is your favorite movie?
The Avengers, most definitely. I’m a big Marvel fan, love the Avengers.