As you’ve probably guessed from the myriad of features dedicated to the band in this
month’s Joyzine, we’re rather excited by the release of their debut album ‘Hey! Selim’,
and with good reason.
Revere are a band to whom the adjective ‘ambitious’ just doesn’t seem enough. Through
involving fans and hooking up with a range of photographers, film-makers and other
creatives they have managed to build up both a musical and visual identity to the
band that both feed into one another. They’ve sold out London’s beautiful Union
Chapel venue without the need for a promoter and hooked up with Facebook pressure
group Storm the Charts to help push astonishing new single ‘We Won’t Be Here
Tomorrow’ to break into the top ten of the Amazon indie charts.
All of which is in itself very impressive, and testament to the band’s self belief
and work ethic, but what of the music? Fortunately, Revere have the tunes to back
up their achievements, and ‘Hey! Selim’ showcases their exquisite touch for creating
epic, orchestral rock music. Across its twelve tracks the listener is forced through
an emotional mill, with the balance between turmoil and hope pitched just right.
Instrumental opener ‘Forgotten Names’ sets the tone with its interplay of guitars,
trumpets and strings hitting both anthemic and melancholy notes, before segueing
into the fragile, sombre form of ‘I Can’t (Forgive Myself)’, with the trumpet taking
centre stage as the chorus throws Steven Ellis’ vocals into torment.
Elsewhere, the delicate guitars and glockenspiel of ‘Throwing Stones’ recall, without
imitating, Radiohead at the height of their powers, building to an emotive crescendo
than pins the listener to the wall with its forceful vocal. ‘I Bet You Want Blood’
is driven along on a military drumbeat, while ‘The Tired and The Drowned’ adds a
touch of gypsy folk, tango brass and chanted vocal refrains to the mix.
The album’s centrepiece comes in the form of ‘The Escape Artist’, a slow burning
epic that provides the glimmer of hope without which the overwhelming sadness of
some of many of the other tracks could become all encompassing.
‘Hey! Selim’ shows Revere as a band with a clear vision of where they want to go,
and the tunes and craft to take them wherever they wish. Seek it out now.