Broken and Ode to St Susie were produced by nick Seymour and engineered by Garth Mannix. Nick was bass player for Crowded House and since setting up a studio in Dublin he has produced tracks for Bell X1, Turn and Hal. Garth is highly respected young producer who not has not only worked with The Chalets but has worked with the legendary John Leckie.
The new single is a totally independent release, which has lent The Revs the opportunity to have total control for the first time over their work. The result is astonishing with the bands stamp all over every aspect of it even down to the artwork. This is a sneak preview of the album, which is due for international release early next year with a licensing deal for Europe and Asia still in place through Sony and in Australia with Smash Music/ Rough Trade. Tours are already planed for the UK, Scandinavia, Germany, Australia and USA in 2005.
Forget any preconceptions you may have about The Revs, listening to these tracks will re-affirm your belief that they still have the potential to be one of the most successful Irish bands of the next few years.
Text REV to 57856 (ROI €2) OR 81330 (UK and NI £1.50) from Nov 21st to purchase Broken or see www.therevs.com
Rory Gallagher – Bass, Vox
John Mc Intyre – Guitar, Vox
Michael Daniel O Donnell - Drums
Since forming in mid 2000 The Revs have enjoyed a breathtaking run by any standards…
Not ones to shy away from a challenge, from the word go they were on the road four or five nights a week. Their third gig ever was in Vicar Street, which saw them win the Spirit Battle Of the Bands competition out of which they signed to management and independent record label Treasure Island. Through constant touring The Revs built a massive fan base, and fast earned the reputation as one of the hardest working and most dynamic live bands in the country.
The first single ‘Wired to The Moon’ entered the national charts at number 16 – It remained in the top twenty for 9 weeks and has since gone gold, thus launching The Revs as real contenders. A second single followed and brought the Revs even higher chart positions and an even busier touring schedule. With dates booked to 2002 and The Revs packing venues to the rafters - it seemed perfectly logical that the debut album should be a live one.
‘Sonic Tonic’ was recorded over two shows at Dublin’s Temple Bar Music Centre and was released in Jan 2002. The album sped into the charts at number 5 and went on to reach platinum status. This saw the band achieve Main Stage status at the Witnness Festival, support slots with Muse and the Hives in Dublin and allowed them a prestigious Slane Castle slot. The Revs were the 2002 winners of the two Irish "Best Newcomer awards" from both Meteor /IRMA (where they managed to beat the hot tips Bellefire and Damien Rice) and Hot Press. On top of that their album "Sonic Tonic" was awarded the best album of 2002 at the Irish Entertainments awards in Belfast.
Amidst huge success domestically in 2002 the band also managed to fit a mini world tour into their schedule taking in the States, Where they played some prestigious venues such as the Viper room and the Troubador in Los Angeles and Australia, where they recorded a single on their day off!. The single ‘Tuesday Monday’ entered the top ten and was followed up with another tour.
After signing a licensing deal with SINE (Sony Independent Network Europe) for Europe and Asia The Revs came off the road for eight weeks to write and record their debut studio album 'Suck' which they decided to produce themselves. ‘Suck’ was released in late February to rave reviews (Hot Press 8.5 out of 10, 2FM Album of the week) and was preceded by one single a week earlier. The single ‘Death Of A DJ’ went top ten and the album entered the charts at number 4. By this stage the band were mid – Atlantic heading stateside for dates in New York, Austin, LA and San Diego. They had to take the long way home as they whistle stopped in Oz for a few shows in Sydney and Melbourne, Where they even managed to play as a session band on world champion surfer Tom Curran's E.P.
On their return the band had time to do a few shows before they left for an intensive UK tour. With the likes of the NME popping up at some of the gigs they began racking up great live reviews, and receiving airplay on student and specialist shows and winning over their audiences creating a great buzz about them. Back home again to play the Festival circuit, claim another Irish music Industry award and take to the Main Stage at Witnness, while ‘Death Of A DJ’ began receiving rave reviews (Kerrang "single of the week" and The Fly : "F***ing brilliant!") and good airplay, the video was also being aired on Kerrang TV and MTV 2. The Revs embarked on the second UK tour in the summer of 2003, this tour saw them take the stage at both the Reading and Leeds Festivals and play to over 10,000 people at the Richmond Castle festival in Yorkshire.
They returned from the UK and began work on a video for a radio only release of single ‘I’m A Bomb’, which was supported by a full nation wide college tour. In the 2003 Hot Press voters poll the Revs came third behind U2 and The Frames in best Irish band category.
In October 2003 the Revs split with management and record label and went on to sign a management deal for Australia and Asia and to sign a licensing deal for Oz with Smash Music/Rough trade. ‘Suck’ was released in Australia in February and when the band arrived there in March for a nationwide tour, Death Of A DJ was receiving blanket airplay on Triple J radio (It stayed in the net 50 for 9 weeks), the video was being played on MTV Australia and the bands faces were on the front covers of the four main music magazines there.
After a highly successful Australian Tour, The Revs began to concentrate on writing new material. For the first time in three and a half years they made time to take time and despite a gig here or there to road test new songs they remained off the road. The break was invaluable as it gave them opportunity to take everything they had learned over the past few years and use them to develop as songwriters and musicians.
Nick Seymour (Crowded House) produced the new E-single "Broken" with the band in Dublin, with newly converted fan Dave Fanning calling it "by far their best work to date". The e – single released in October was met with critical acclaim at home and saw the band receive major national radio and press coverage and was supported by a nationwide tour in Nov / Dec 04.
The Revs began recording a new album with Stefan Kvarnström and Jens Lindgård (engineers, frans ferdinand) in the Cardigans famed Tambourine studio in Malmo, Sweden on Jan 2nd. They performed to huge acclaim at The Eurosonic Festival in Holland on Jan 15th and have been selected to play the Glasswerks – XFM Outbreak Festival in London’s legendary Garage in Feb.
The Revs signed a publishing deal with new Irish based publishing company ‘Elevate Music’ on Feb 4th. Elevate Music has respected publisher Steve Lindsey at the helm who among many things has worked as professional manager with Warner/Chappell Music general manager of Go! Discs Music, and Island Music’s Creative director and general manager.
The Revs continue work on the as yet untitled album in late Feb until mid Mar 04.
"Their debut album is a wondrous collection of lo-fi guitar pop, brimming with simple sing along melodies and clever pop culture references" – Daily Telegraph
"The Revs are well on their way to being to the noughties what The Kinks and Small Faces were to the 60’s, Thin Lizzy were to the 70’s and The Police and The Jam were to the 80’s – pure power packed pop rock with more hooks than The Edge has conjured up in a decade" – Drum Media (Australia)
"Already stupidly popular in Ireland the REVS look set to hijack British ears..Great !" THE FLY. (uk)
"Guitars slam in with riffs to die for and drums are pummelled to within an inch of their life". Buzz Mag
"So damn entertaining
that it renews your faith in rock’s ability to change lives..truly
triumphant." KKKKK 5k Kerrang live review.
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