I-94 Bar: The Revellions “Give It Time”

Here’s an album that starts relatively sedately, grows a brass section and descends into off-kilter garage rock hell. If that sounds like a dissing, think again.

The Revellions are from Dublin in Ireland and have made a nine-song album of two distinct halves. The first recalls, at times, Boston institution Lyres with its strong reliance on surging organ and wailing vocals, while the second goes to that noisy and mind-altered place where the Black Lips and The Oh-Sees reside. Soulful versus Trippy. Both bases covered.
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Funkalicious: The Dustaphonics “Big Smoke London Town”

For a few years now, The Dustaphonics have been shaking up the London scene with an excitingly energetic party groove sound that distills such wide-ranging influences as 50’s R&B sleaze, 60’s garage rock, vintage soul, blues, surf, punk, you name it. It’s a distinctly vintage sound presented with a modern twist and production sense that carefully preserves the passionate rawness of the music.
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I-94 Bar: The Dustaphonics “Big Smoke London Town”

The debut album “Party Girl” made it blatantly apparent that London soul-rockers The Dustaphonics had it all over their competition on a couple of fronts. Not only did they have a killer vocalist in San Franciscan expat Kay Elizabeth but a consummate engine room to drive the songs. Album Number Two finds them with a new singer and an interchangeable rhythm section.
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Norman Records: The Revellions “Give It Time”

The Revellions are back this week with their first album in five years on Dirty Water! These Irish garage-popsters are peddling a very authentically ’60s sound full of Hammond organ, jangly guitars and naively soulful vocals, often buoyed by some uplifting brass which gives it a slight British working men’s club kind of feel. Opener ‘Bitter & Twisted’ is very organ-heavy and reminds me of The Castaways’ ‘Liar Liar’, but when the brass gets involved it heads into territory somewhere between King Khan & the Shrines and King Salami, although to be fair this lot have a sound all of their own.
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Raw Power Magazine: The Revellions “Give It Time”

Yet another review of the brilliant new REVELLIONS album, this time from France’s Raw Power Magazine. Thanks to Monsieur Eric Baconstrip of King Salami and the Cumberland 3 for the translation into English:

GIVE IT TIME… The Revellions took quite some time to offer us the following opus to their brilliant first throw! 6 years after all…Even though the band came back in 2012 with a single, we thought they were gone again & its members were dispersed. Until we’ve heard about this imminent new album coming out!
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Shindig!: The Revellions “Give It Time”

The follow up to 2008’s eponymous debut from the Dubliners’ clearly hasn’t been without growing pains. One lost singer later and they are back. Should you care? If you have any interest in growly garage blues that mixes in The Music Machine with Beefheart then it’s an emphatic ‘yes’. The organ is still high in the mix, but like the excellent 2011 single ‘Sighs’ signposted there’s a new Mariachi horn element to the sound, giving a refreshing rootsy feel to the 60s garage template. From the murky downer-punk of opener ‘Bitter & Twisted’ to soulful ‘Don’t Wait For Me’ to the cinematic instrumental ‘The Waltz’ they’ve mined gold. The production isn’t doing them any favours, and they lack a melodic killer single to suggest a breakthrough. Yet repeated spins gives you time to luxuriate in the dark heart and soul of a band who have thrown off any temporary shackles to get here. Phil Moore/Shindig!

Louder Than War: The Revellions “Give It Time”

Finally, after a five year wait, The Revellions are back with their second LP, Give It Time, half soulful psych, half boozed out night.

Opening with the jiving beat of ‘Bitter & Twisted’, the band set out their stall right up there with such garage-stalwarts as The Cynics, but they soon show that there’s a lot more to them. By the second tune, ‘Sigh’, they’re already rolling out the soul that in beds itself throughout the first side. With a scattering of Maricahi trumpet interludes and rolling snares, it sets a groove that continues on to what is probably their most soulful offering, ‘Don’t Wait For Me’, with it’s stabbing rolling rhythm and glorious vocals drenching the first side before they make an about turn into what is surely the album highlight, the title track and halfway point,’Give It Time’. Suddenly The Revellions are sounding like a psych-soaked Nick Cave taking a night-time LSD road trip through a Lynchian desert before the finale surges upwards, backed with soul drenched horns, spiralling to the heavens. A classic, and one that is surely closing gigs to jaw-dropping punters.
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Ringmaster Review: The Youth “Fancy You” b/w “Your Love”

Merging a raw and hungry sound with an assured swagger, Danish band The Youth provides one of those refreshing adventures which merges nostalgia and modern endeavour into a one vivacious party. Crafting beat music with a fired up appetite to stomp all over the senses, the Copenhagen quartet thrusts eagerly and appealing through the ears with new single Fancy You. The two track release is a magnetic and contagious slice of energetic revelry, an engagingly abrasive seduction which infects feet and imagination with insatiable ease.
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Ringmaster Review: The Thanes “Dishin’ The Dirt”

We always have a healthy appetite for raw and fuzz bred sounds here and they do not come any more appealing than Dishin’ The Dirt, the new single from Scottish garage rock pioneers The Thanes. Consisting of two tracks which simply snarl at and rile up against the senses whilst treating them to a tasty blend of sonic acidity and melodic rapaciousness, the single is an infection soaked romp which ignites passions and commands feet.
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