Thursday, July 12, 2012

Revolvo - The End Starts Here CD

Ovlover (2012)

Here's an album that totally caught me by surprise. Revolvo is a band from Sweden that about a decade ago put out a 7", a split 7" and a S/T CD. That CD came out in 2002 and was in heavy rotation for me for years. Then the band vanished. A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine alerted me that Revolvo was back and had a new record. At first I actually didn't believe him, but a few searches and an email to the band later, I have the CD in my hands.

The first thing that strikes me when I put on this record is how much it sounds like the one they put out 10 years ago. It was like being with an old friend 10 years later. Revolvo carries on the powerful dynamic guitar blueprint that put bands like Starmarket and Him Kerosene on the map, but what sets them apart from those bands is their vocals. Singer Jonas has a breathy yearning vocal that takes the band closer to My Bloody Valentine or The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. While that is not a vocal style that typically does much for me, the way that Revolvo incorporates it with their swirling guitars and incredible percussion makes them truly stand out from the pack.

I write a lot on this website about bands that have their roots and sounds rooted in my past, Revolvo can be added to that list on amazing bands for their soaring 90s style rock. Hopefully it won't take them another 10 years to release a 3rd album.

Revolvo - The End Starts Here (3 Songs):

1 comment:

  1. Wow - what is it about Sweden that keeps them coming out with really good bands? Add this to the list! I particularly like "Let Light In." Thanks for the discovery!