Revere are a 7 piece, London based post-rock band, who have just released their second album called My Mirror/Your Target though Albino Recordings/V2. I first caught Revere on a Saturday morning opening the second stage at Green Man Festival 2013, before I started my volunteer shift purely on the basis it was something to do. So as I sat with a group of friends half-listening as the first song come on, we stopped talking because it was simply the grandness, power and the atmosphere of Arcade Fire meeting the gloom, intricate lyrics and the unique vocals of Joy Division all whilst hanging onto a rough cutting edge. Afterwards I just though WOW, this band deserve to be heard by more people and this is why I think you should give them some of your time to listen to.
AMBY: What artists really inspired you in your youth to really pick up instruments and start playing?
Nick: I had Siamese Dream on cassette and listened to it so much it stretched and warped. The first few years of being in bands at school was basically an attempt to be an Essex Billy Corgan.
Ellie: I started playing the violin when I was seven so my first musical influences were a combination of classical and prog rock (thanks to my parents) but then when I was a teenager I got into alternative rock and decided the only way I was going to get in a band was to get some effect pedals and an electric violin.
AMBY: How do you feel the new album compares to your debut album? Where do you feel you’ve matured or allowed yourself to experiment more?
Nick: The first thing is, it’s tighter. I think we really tried with this record to deliver our big wall of sound thing but in shorter, faster bursts. So maybe paradoxically, this feels to us like a more energetic record, rather than being more mature. We also approached writing and recording differently – we spent a lot more time in smaller studios or at each others’ flats just trying stuff out and doing lots of demoing.
AMBY: What influences can be found on the new album My Mirror / Your Target that might not be apparent to a listener?
Nick: We’ve always listened to a massive range of different stuff as a band and it’d be hard to unpick exactly what comes from where. Certainly film music is a big part of our sound – people like Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota. We’ve also been listening to a lot more electronic music – Fuckbuttons, Holy Fuck, basically anyone with swearing in the name. Plus I think as we’ve been playing more festivals, that’s meant we’ve just spent a lot more time together indulging our hedonistic side. That feeling of leaping around in front of massive speakers with a bottle of vodka has probably made its way osmotically onto the record too.
AMBY: You are quite often compared to Arcade Fire in reviews. How do you feeling being compared to Arcade Fire?
Ellie: Well, we think they’re great, so we’ll take it as a compliment. I guess we can see why people say that – there’s a lot of us and we use a similar range of instruments. But I’m not sure we’re musically that similar. Then again, it’s not the most bizarre comparison we’ve had! A recent review said we were ‘pigeon-hole dodging’ I quite like that people can’t quite place what we sound like; we’ve been described as ‘brooding indie noir’, ‘chamber pop’, ‘post rock’ ‘euphoric indie rockers’ and folk – take your pick!
AMBY: You’ve worked with many different collaborators, Tom Monger, Ben Christophers and the list goes on, how do you select these people? Are you picky?
Nick: Super picky. There’s an extensive interview process for people who want to collaborate with Revere… ! Seriously, we just like working with other musicians – it always brings something different. There are a lot of non-Revere people on both our records. I think it’s something that comes out of the scene we’re part of. We just know an awful lot of musicians. Tom Monger from Florence and the Machine used to be in Revere so that’s the connection there.
AMBY: You guys have a fondness for covers, is there anything in modern pop that you guys would feel you could own right now? How do you go about selecting these covers?
Nick: The trick is to pick something that shouldn’t really work, and then make it your own. I think a few people would have said you couldn’t cover Love Will Tear Us Apart but that’s kind of what made us want to do it. And that didn’t seem to annoy too many people.
In terms of selecting covers, it’s something we argue about a lot when we’re touring and we’ve got loads of ideas – we are considering a Janelle Monae or Bat For Lashes track.
AMBY: I have to ask, simply because they are my favourite band, the similarities to Joy Division are very apparent in the atmosphere you guys bring to your music. Are you fans of the band? Is there anything you completely love about them?
Ellie: Well, some us more than others but I for one am a massive fan. The thing that draws me into their music is the combination of raw edgy energy and melancoly. If you think we have a element of that intense atmosphere in our performance then that’s great!
AMBY: How do you come on tour being a 7 piece — is there much conflict with so many opinions to be heard?
Nick: Depends who you are. For us it’s great – we all get on and our touring party is quite big: as well as the band we bring Ryan who does our live visuals; and our manager often comes too. But it’s probably a nightmare for our tour manager, Lacey. To be honest the only thing we really clash about is music – our songwriting process is one long argument with occasional flashes of consensus. Whereas touring is generally one long inappropriate joke.
AMBY: You played at numerous UK festivals last year, any highlights? What have you got coming up this year? (I saw you open up Saturday at Greenman last year and was really chuffed that I found a new favourite band)
Nick: Greenman was great. We were a bit concerned as we were first on – you never know if people are going to be awake, much less in the mood for a noisy 7 piece. But it was busy and turned out to be one of the highlights of the summer. Glastonbury was also pretty special, it was the second time we’d played the festival but this time we were on the Williams Green Stage – which is where a lot of bands play secret shows, so we managed to see Alt-J and Everything Everything with just a couple of hundred other people.
Ellie: This summer we’re taking a bit of a break from festivals to do some writing, although we are doing some European festivals – Schippop in Holland and Rock Olmen in Belgium, which we’re really looking forward to. And we’re back at Standon Calling, which is kind of our home from home on the UK festival circuit.
AMBY: Finally can you tell AMBY readers something else that no one knows about you.
Nick: Our lead singer Stephen’s PIN is 2187. Maybe wait until we’ve sold a few more records before you clone his card though.
Thank you REVERE, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Richard Samuel |