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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 bras

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.

‘In Vino Veritas’ is another impressive one, a confident Tom Jones-meets-Jerry Lee Lewis vocal over a muddy and skeletal backbone of staccato guitar chords and stomping drums. It’s marvelously sleazy, while ‘Somewhere In Between’ which opens the second side has a lolloping groove that reminds me of The Animals while singer Ali Moore does his best Tom Waits. This lot have really nailed that ’60s garage rock sound and they’ve got the songs to go with it. Thoroughly enjoyable.

s 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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