Never ones to be constrained to musical norms, Hampshire quartet Reventure have perfectly fused elements of electronica, rock, rap and metal to form a sound that reinvents itself from song to song.
The Reventure venture began back in 2010 as four schoolfriends united in their lack of interest in playing football at the weekends, love of heavy music and inspiration from their fathers’ experiences playing in bands.
As they tell us: “From the start, we aimed to explore how far we could push our musical creativity. We have never stuck to one genre, nor adhered to a music scene. However, our focus has always been on live performance, with the goal of leaving our audiences captivated. We’ve perfected that from years of playing on gig line-ups where we stood out, mostly for the wrong reasons initially, so our difference is now our key strength.
Initially drawing influence from the sound of Enter Shikari, Reventure have increasingly crafted their own unique sound as they’ve grown in confidence. Keen to avoid the often uncomplimentary use of synths in rock music, Bring Me The Horizon’s That’s The Spirit, along with various rap and grime artists, was a strong inspiration in the evolution that comes to life in their debut album Those Who Seek, which was released last month.
As they explain: “No song from the new album sounds similar; keeping a fresh sound has always been key to Reventure. The blend of two seemingly different genres really helps to exaggerate our music, so the heavy parts are made even heavier, while textures and pads help to drive the softer melodies.”
This point is reflected in the very first two songs of the album. Opening track Maverick starts off with a big burst of guitar chords and a distant synth sound, then a laid-back opening verse of mellow vocals that builds up to a chorus of “Set your eyes on fire, ‘Cos I’m an alien, Are you an alien?” over driving guitar chords. The laid-back rockiness of this track is totally contrasted by the opening to second track Thy Wilderness, as a cool synthy sound supports rapped vocals, then stabby guitars come in ahead of shouted vocals then launch into a cool rocky chorus.
You can check out Maverick in the video below:
Completely switching things up again, Dopamine opens up with a cool almost trancey synth noise then builds into a trance-rock chorus. Repeats of “Dopamine” are followed by a brief spoken section that concludes with the line “Please release the dopamine straight to my cortex, Make my brain in four dimensions and dream of being all of this.” That’s the cue for shouted vocals over driving guitars and drums, then cries of “Dopamine” before dropping into another chilled section of light vocals over a building synthy sound that brings in a repeat of the dance-meets-rock chorus.
Dread God plays heavier on the rock side of the spectrum, with chugging guitar chords and shouty vocals fused with synth support. While penultimate track Cosmic Centipede mixes things up completely, opening up with cool electronic drums and synth noises that continue through a heavy shouted vocal section including the line “The cosmic centipede moves a thousand legs again the creature rebuilds itself.” Then a more singalong chorus kicks in as the repeating synth sound continues, then drops into chugging guitar chords kick in and continue through a spoken / rap section that gives way to faster, heavier guitars and more shouty vocals. This is a seriously cool track that epitomises a really fun, engaging, exciting album.
The band self-produced the album after locking themselves away between July and December last year. As they explain: “Most of the songs had been written months before, but we were determined to demo and self-produce our own sound relentlessly before going into the studio, so we knew exactly where and how every section of the album should fit and sound. Recording itself was actually very straightforward, with drums and vocals being recorded in a local studio and guitar and bass self-recorded at home.
“We’ve always had an element of self-production, although previously, we didn’t have the technical skills or equipment to record ourselves. Plenty of lessons were learnt for next time, but we’ve created an album that we’re all very proud of.”
The band’s lyrics are particularly interesting as they combine inspirations from across pop culture, cinema and science. But on the debut album, they tell us: “Most of the songs have pretty deep meanings embedded in the lyrics. For example, Dread God is inspired by the grandeur of the movie 300 mixed with questions of religion, while Thy Wilderness looks at how as humans in a Western, liberal democracy we think we’re at the peak of civility and order, when in fact some peoples’ behaviours are more like Neanderthals! We pride ourselves on lyrics that are interesting and remain open to interpretation. Plain, obvious lyrics age very quickly, so to engage with the listener, we make them work a little to fully understand each song.”
Reventure are back to gigging extensively across the UK, bringing with them a DIY approach of designing their own merch and shooting their own videos. They’re already writing new music too, which they tell us “will sound completely fresh.”