The distinctive sound of London-based seven-piece REVERE is a monument to the backgrounds and musical loves of its members – who originate from across the UK, from London, Newcastle and Liverpool, to as far afield as the Orkney Isles.
Drawing on influences as diverse as Ennio Morricone, Broken Social Scene and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, REVERE bind together the traditional back-bone of guitar/bass/drums with an unlikely approach to the violin, cello, and piano. Elsewhere, this line-up is complimented further by Salvation Army-style brass sections lamenting over layers of fractured vocal samples and distorted keyboards.
As they roll out new material from their upcoming second album, REVERE continue to pull together varied influences into a now more frantic, grittier onslaught. The edgy new-wave guitars of Magazine merge with the industrial clatter of Joy Division and Battles; the expansive soundscapes have morphed into euphoric flashes that would vie with the most uplifting elements of Everything Everything or the Maccabees.
Angular stabs of synths surge up out of waves of strings; and there’s still that voice, sailing through the mêlée, itself sounding both urgent and sea-worn. It’s part Jeff Buckley, part Bon Iver. Imagine Ian Curtis singing Scott Walker, set against the varied skylines of England’s industrial docklands.