London rockers Revolvers bring us an intriguing modern indie rock sound that offers undertones of the 60s and 70s, which they describe as “loud, heartfelt and glorious.”
The band first began back in 2016 when James Thurling (vocals and guitar) was studying at University of West London. He eventually brought Rhys Kibble (drums), Will Oliver (guitar and also attended UWL) and Steven Morrison (bass) into the mix.
As Rhys tells us: “The band now consists of us four and it’s never felt as solid or tight before. We’ve gigged all over London playing every venue any young unsigned band would aspire to come across. We all love music especially modern indie rock and classic rock from the 60s and 70s so I suppose we’re all just in the same boat really we do it because it’s our favourite thing in the world and we get a kick out of it. Music has always been a part of our lives – we just adore it.”
The band released latest single True Love last month, which follows on from last year’s brilliantly titled debut EP Your Indie Heroes Will Betray You. The track opens up with a light guitar riff that continues under James’ cool laid-back vocals, including the line “I don’t believe true love exists, It’s a game made up by mankind.”
Drums kick in under the riff then the vocals pick up pace in a seriously catchy verse that builds up to an equally catchy chorus of “Say farewell to small-time agendas, Streets and corners where you surrendered all those days, All those days, Racing through your life without warning, Then you realise that you never belonged here, You don’t belong here.” (The last line of which is replaced with “Know you’re never welcome again round back our way” in the second chorus.)
The pace continues to build alongside the intensity of vocals, then drops down into stabbing guitar chords under building repeats of “True love never makes it to midnight.” That feeds into guitar chords and big drums over a light riff that continue under “woh-oh” vocals and James’ big intense vocals, then ends on lone repeats of the “True love never makes it to midnight” vocals. The vocal melodies will be stuck in your head for hours, and you can check it out in the video below:
On the track, Rhys tells us: “The reception has been overwhelming. The fact Spotify put us on two of their playlists has made our year already. The music video is also going down really well. We’re just very proud of how well it’s done but it’s all down to the hard work we’ve put into it. We’ve been getting a lot of positive attention and now people are really taking notice of our new material. If you haven’t listened to it yet expect an uplifting song that details the bittersweetness of life as a young adult.”
They worked on the track and an upcoming EP with renowned producer George Apsion of Kore Studios, who’s worked with the likes of The Enemy, Plan B and Razorlight. On working with George, Rhys told us: “George was wonderful to work with and has a great sense of humour. He has an amazing ability to just understand music and what suits certain songs. James, who writes the songs, and George really worked closely during the few days we were there rearranging and changing the tracks for a better outcome and we got just that.
“He helped us craft the sound, got the best performance out of each of us and told us what we should do and what we shouldn’t do for the tracks. Good frank honesty. He brought a new attitude to our sound it has a real bite to it now, a very rock’n’roll vibe reminiscent of the 70s. It was an incredibly fun, productive four days but very exhausting.”
And for a more edgy glimpse of the Revolvers sound, check out the excellent Fever, with its cheeky bouncy guitar riff and a naughty little guitar solo in the video below:
While their debut EP’s final track Reply shows off Revolvers’ 60s/70s influence more explicitly – an almost Beatles meets Arctic Monkeys 7-minute long effort.
When it comes to their sound, the 70s and the songwriting of The Beatles’ John Lennon and Paul McCartney, in particular, have clearly had a major impact on Revolvers’ approach. Their musical inspirations are many and wide-ranging, from Led Zeppelin, The Clash and Jimi Hendrix through to more modern influences like Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Oasis and Kings of Leon.
As Rhys explains: “The Beatles, particularly John Lennon, is James’ biggest influence. David Bowie, the Gallagher brothers, Morrissey/Marr, Neil Finn and Alex Turner are also some important influences on his songwriting.
“James writes the songs and demos them for us to listen to. We then give him feedback and the band goes from there on re-working the songs in rehearsals. Some key themes in the songs are life, romance and relationships, youthfulness, adulthood, society, pop culture, politics and religion. There are other meanings throughout the songs but it’s up to the listener to find out what it all means.”
As alluded to above, there’s plenty to come from Revolvers this year. There’s new music incoming soon – they can’t tell us when yet – and they’ve got a special gig lined up at 93 Feet East on Brick Lane, East London, with Hot Vox promoters on 17 May. More information on their gigs is here, and stay tuned for more information soon.