Interview With Revere
ASTUTE BAROQUE POP WHICH COMES AS STANDARD IN WIDESCREEN TECHNICOLOUR AND KALEIDOSCOPIC INTENSITY
Sounding like a cross between the title sequence from a BBC wildlife programme and a caffeine-rushing Arcade Fire, Revere are big both in numbers, sound and ambition. This London-based eight-piece have an applaudable taste in non-core instrumentation (violin, cello, keys, trumpet and glockenspiel) and a penchant for dramatic arrangement to splice with their swooning guitar-led sound. Their message, like their sonic output, is a mighty call to abandon care and seize the day, and let’s face it they’re right – tomorrow we may be dead (or at least bored to tears on a training course somewhere along the M62 corridor). Live, Revere play with an applaudable intensity, working songs from hear-a-needle-drop openings into throbbing waves of stirring noise, flitting between an amalgamation of reference points, from pomped-up gypsy marches, through to post-rock indulgence, via film score complexity and space-age gospel. It is these intricacies and components that contribute to Revere’s general epicness, and in turn, it is this epicness that has landed them the double-edged sword of critical acclaim.
I hope you’ll agree that these vivid, saturated and carefully considered pictures they’ve taken for us spoon perfectly with their sound. In the usual manner they’ve selected a sample track for y’all to put in your pipe and smoke as well (it’s the third single from their new LP Hey! Selim and you can download it here). If you like it, why not write to them and tell them. Or even buy something from their extensive back catalogue. They’ll like that.
One day Arcade Fire will be sick to the back teeth of being compared to Revere. Until that day, let’s just keep them our little secret. Although there’s plenty of them to go round, my ears and eyes are feeling really greedy and I want to keep this astute baroque pop which comes as standard in widescreen technicolour and kaleidoscopic intensity all to myself.