Revolution, I Love You has toured the US east coast with German rock band Pandora’s Bliss, performed at Musikfest 2012 (headlined by MGMT), and MusicUnderFire named R,ILY’s single, "Cotton Shirts," one of their Top 100 Tracks of 2012. They are currently wrapping up a new 3-song EP, to be released in 2013.
R’ILY’s newest release is the single, “Cotton Shirts” (Choose My Music Records, UK). The Dadada said “Languid piano & guitar with echoing finger snaps lay the foundation for this dreamy tune from Philly slow-jammers.” “Cotton Shirts” is R,ILY’s first release since their debut full-length album, We Choose to Go to the Moon, released by Redeye USA in September 2011.
R,ILY culls elements from across the pop spectrum, including gritty indie rock guitars, dance and hip hop beats, dramatic choruses, loops, and synthesizers, and uses them to strange and somewhat psychedelic effect. Origivation Magazine called Revolution, I Love You “deconstructed pop music...Costello and The Boss and Phil Spector sucked through a rusty filter of industrialized, hipster dance music.”
Although RILY’s densely layered music might suggest a large group, the band is only two men, Rob Lindgren and Jason Reynolds. On stage, they face each other across two laptop and cable-strewn tables, both of them constantly shifting from vocals to guitar to keyboards to loopstations as the music rises out of electric fuzz and hypnotic loops.
Lindgren and Reynolds have been playing music together since they went to the same high school in a rural town in central Delaware. After spending their teenage years in conventional rock bands, they decided to take a shot at making music on their own, as a duo.
Revolution, I Love You released their first EP, Noise. Pop. Deathray., in 2008: Dan Macintosh, of AudioXposure and CMJ.com, said “This music may be relatively indescribable, but that doesn’t mean it’s not also mighty fine...Revolution, I Love You’s overall affect might just restore your faith in rock & roll.” After achieving some local success in Delaware, including a cover feature in Spark Magazine the week of their first show, they decided to relocate to Philadelphia in 2010 and began working on what would become We Choose to Go to the Moon.
Indie Electronic/Dance Band fo the Year 2013 (Tri State Indie Music Awards)
Philly Artist of the Month Sept 2011 (The Deli Magazine)
Featured Artist Sept 2011 (Reverbnation.com)
Best Breakout Band 2009 (Spark Magazine)
Spotlight Artist 2009 (Sonicbids.com)
Nominated for Best Alternative Song 2012 (Homey Awards, 93.7 WSTW)
Nominated for Best Electro/Experimental Artist 2012 (Tri State Indie Music Awards)
Nominated for FOUR Homey Awards 2010 (93.7 WSTW)
“Fat-bottomed beats and buzzing bass turn [RILY’s] eerie Brit-pop into something fiercely fun.”
- Jeff Royer, Editor in Chief of FLY MAGAZINE
“It’s here, in… the kind of IDM blasts that were the calling card of Aphex Twin and Atari Teenage Riot in the ’90s—that things become interesting, and where RILY wrestles themselves from the pack.”
- Mike Pollock, OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
“Trippy electric beats, fuzzy reverb, and cabaret-style indie-pop. It's a delightful hodgepodge that this Delaware-based duo should be proud of."
- Annamarya Scaccia, Editor of ORIGIVATION MAGAZINE
"One of the best shows I’ve seen this year, easily"
- Mike Pollock, OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
FESTIVALS where R,ILY has performed
SteelJams Festival 2012 - Bethlehem, PA
Musikfest 2012 - Bethlehem, PA
Elephants for Autism 2012 - Atlantic City, NJ
Launch Music Conference 2009-2011 - Lancaster, PA
Millennium Music Conference 2010 - Harrisburg, PA
Fringe Wilmington 2009 and 2010 - Wilmington, DE
Philadelphia Film and Music Festival 2010 and 2011 - Philadelphia, PA
Atlantic City Film and Music Festival 2010 - Atlantic City, NJ
Delaware Music Festival 2009 and 2010 - Dewey, DE
Turk's Head Music Festival 2010 - West Chester, PA
Wilmington Flower Market 2010 - Wilmington, DE
M.E.A.N.Y Fest 2010 - New York, NY
VENUES where R,ILY has performed:
House of Blues - Atlantic City, NJ
World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA
Arlene's Grocery - New York, NY
World Cafe Live at The Queen - Wilmington, DE
Milkboy Philly - Philadelphia, PA
Elm Bar - New Haven, CT
The Saint - Asbury Park, NJ
HMAC Stage on Herr - Harrisburg, PA
Crash Mansion/BLVD - New York, NY
Fontana's - New York, NY
The Lizard Lounge @ The Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA
The Rusty Rudder,- Dewey, DE
The Fire - Philadelphia, PA
Deer Park Tavern,- Newark, DE
Trash Bar - New York, NY
Mojo 13 - Wilmington, DE
Lit Lounge - New York, NY
The Loft @ The Auction House - Audubon, NJ
Tritone Bar - Philadelphia, PA
Millcreek Tavern - Philadelphia, PA
Kelly's Logan House - Wilmington, DE
Rob Lindgren - Vocals, Guitar, programming, keyboards
Jason Reynolds - Vocals, Guitar, programming, keyboards
Cotton Shirts (2012) Single
We Choose to Go to the Moon (2011) LP
Noise. Pop. Deathray. (2008) EP
We Choose to Go to the Moon is in rotation at the following stations:
WTSR Ewing NJ (peaked at #7)
WMVL Purchase NY (peaked at #9)
WONY Oneonta NY (peaked at #11)
WNHU West Haven CT (peaked at #22)
WSYC Shippensburg PA (peaked at #29)
WKWZ Syosset NY
KALX Berkeley CA
WAUG Rock Island IL
KRNU Lincoln NE
WKDU Philadelphia PA
WMFO Medford MA
WMNF Tampa FL
WMPG Portland ME
WPRK Winter Park FL
WRSU New Brunswick NJ
WTCC Springfield MA
CHRW London ON
KDVS Davis CA
KTSW San Marcos TX
KUMD Duluth MN
WBJB Lincroft NJ
KRSC Claremore OK
WMSE Milwaukee WI
WCFM Williamstown MA
WHUS Storrs CT
WICB Ithaca NY
WLUR Lexington VA
WPTS Pittsburgh PA
WRKC Wilkes-Barre PA
WVFS Tallahassee FL
KINB Oklahoma City OK
WXCI Danbury CT
CJSW Calgary AB
KCSU Fort Collins CO
KWCR Ogden UT
M3 Radio New York NY
WGLS Glassboro NJ
KGLT Bozeman MT
WBWC Berea OH
Revolution, I Love You has been featured on the following radio stations:
WRFF, 104.5 FM – Philadelphia, PA
WSTW, 93.7 FM – Wilmington, DE
WMAR, 1630 AM @ Marist College – Poughkeepsie, NY
WOCM, 98.1 FM – Ocean City, Maryland
XTSR @ Towson University – Baltimore, MD
Graffiti Radio, 93.7-2HD – Wilmington, DE
Revolution, I Love You - Not So Sure
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"It's like the music is full on robot and the shakiness in the vocals is full on human, and the mixt..."It's like the music is full on robot and the shakiness in the vocals is full on human, and the mixture of the two makes one classyass transformer-like dance song."
Bands to Watch
"[Revolution, I Love You is] set to blow your mind and steal your soul. Another Indie Mag fave."
Cotton Shirts by Revolution, I Love You
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Cotton Shirts is an emotive and enthralling love letter that I am not ashamed to say just got added ...Cotton Shirts is an emotive and enthralling love letter that I am not ashamed to say just got added to my playlist. You may want to follow suit. Rate: 5/5
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Philadelphia's Revolution, I Love You give us the sheer joy of their new single "Cotton Shirts," a b...Philadelphia's Revolution, I Love You give us the sheer joy of their new single "Cotton Shirts," a beautiful summer lo-fi production. (translated from German)
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Languid piano & guitar with echoing finger snaps lay the foundation for this dreamy tune from Philly...Languid piano & guitar with echoing finger snaps lay the foundation for this dreamy tune from Philly slow-jammers.
The Best Unsigned Bands of the Year
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When you take into account the soulful vocals of Rob Lindgren and that earworm of a synth melody, [G...When you take into account the soulful vocals of Rob Lindgren and that earworm of a synth melody, [Graceful Steps] becomes something truly special.
Nominated for “Indie Electro/Experimental Artist of the Year” 2011
"Nominated for “Indie Electro/Experimental Artist of the Year” 2011"
The 5 Best Bands That Snuck By Most People in 2011
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The electronic-indie band Revolution, I Love You released their debut full-length album, We Choose T...The electronic-indie band Revolution, I Love You released their debut full-length album, We Choose To Go To The Moon, this year, but I say that like everyone already knows who they are… Unfortunately, this is not the case, but I guess that’s why you’re seeing them on this list. They may sound like they listened to a decent amount of Postal Service before writing this album, but they set themselves apart with more warm-blooded pop-sensible instrumentals, less emotional lyrics, and fuzzier sounds. It’s damn good. Check it out below.
Revolution, I Love You Release Show at WCL Sept. 24
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The band’s debut full-length We Choose To Go To The Moon soars with incendiary guitar lines, ubiquit...The band’s debut full-length We Choose To Go To The Moon soars with incendiary guitar lines, ubiquitous dance beats, and infectious synth lines. - Bill McThrill
We Choose to Go to the Moon
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"Every time I set this disc down, I pick it right back up. Revolution, I Love You - short-listed for..."Every time I set this disc down, I pick it right back up. Revolution, I Love You - short-listed for one of my favorites of 2011!"
This Week's Sure-Bet Live Acts
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Revolution, I Love You plays a brand of indie/electro-pop led by drum machine dance beats and vocals...Revolution, I Love You plays a brand of indie/electro-pop led by drum machine dance beats and vocals packed with, “Uh ohs.” It sounds pretty optimistic and they aren’t afraid to dance on stage.
NEW: Revolution, I Love You "Cotton Shirts"
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["Cotton Shirts"] is a drone-y slow jam built off of 808s, snap samples and a single-note piano melo...["Cotton Shirts"] is a drone-y slow jam built off of 808s, snap samples and a single-note piano melody.
State Of Music: Part 16: Pennsylvania: Revolution I Love You
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I will admit to being hooked as soon as I heard the opening song of their “We Choose To Go To The Mo...I will admit to being hooked as soon as I heard the opening song of their “We Choose To Go To The Moon” album with its rather catchy and explosive introduction and Elvis Costello-esqe vocals.
Revolution, I Love You
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"Revolution, I Love You is deconstructed pop music...the music of Costello and the Boss and Phil Spe..."Revolution, I Love You is deconstructed pop music...the music of Costello and the Boss and Phil Spector sucked through a rusty filter of industrialized, hipster dance music."
Hometowns create two kinds of people- those who stay and those who leave. The two members of Revolution, I Love You chose to leave their hometown. They chose to leave an area in Delaware that they never considered rural until someone considered it rural for them. That someone is in Philadelphia, which is where the band moved to a little over a year ago.
Philadelphia- surrounded by the wilds of Pennsylvania, the tax-free lifestyle of Delaware and the enigmatic free for all of southern New Jersey, is the kind of city that draws folks in. It brings folks like Rob Lindgren and Jason Reynolds, the two lone members of Revolution, I Love You- two gentlemen, self-described as bookish, who in their non-rocking hours are peddlers of windows and doors at two area home improvement super stores. For college, one went down to Towson University in Towson, Maryland and one went to University of Delaware- yet neither one finished- opting instead for music. They both agreed that school just wasn't working.
It is just the two of them in Revolution, I Love You. A person would have to have the golden voice of Ronnie Spector to make them even consider expanding their lineup. Revolution, I Love You lives together, up in grumpy old Roxborough, in an apartment that has walls they lined with carpets they bought on sale. Practice is logistically harder in the city, much harder than out in that rural area of Delaware where they came from. Their apartment is their laboratory- not just a place to live. It is merely not only a practice space, but a recording studio. The band is working feverishly on their second album, "We Choose to Go to the Moon," named after a line from a President John F. Kennedy speech, with the hopes of releasing it later this spring. Their first album was "Noise Pop Death Ray"- a phrase that became a descriptor for Revolution, I Love You. It served as an easily accessible answer to every young band's toughest question: what kind of music do you play.
Revolution, I Love You was a phrase made popular in France in 1968, when it was written on city walls, along with other Marxist writings. Lindgren admits, while sitting in a coffee shop with a book of essays on Russian Literature sitting on the table, that he and Reynolds "are kind of bookish." Lindgren's interest in philosophy partially drives his and Reynolds' vision of what they want their band to be. Revolution, I Love You is deconstructed pop music- a breakdown of the music of Costello and the Boss and Phil Spector sucked through a rusty filter of industrialized, hipster dance music. It is dirty purity- sweet, yet not at all simple.
The elements of traditional pop are there- the harmonies and smooth melodies. The songs that Revolution, I Love You write start out simply enough, maybe some guitar and/or piano accompanied by vocals. But then, as Lindgren says with a smile, it gets all messy. It gets destroyed and ravaged with bleeps, squeaks and drones- massaged by programmed drumbeats and fuzzy guitar loops.
"We have a penchant for sound," Lindgren admits.
Reynolds and Lindgren have become scholars of pop music after growing up listening to Iron Maiden, Guns 'n Roses, and progressive rock and according to Lindgren, spend many late nights on the couch, immersed in Jameson-fueled discussions about what it is exactly that makes music good.
Revolution, I Love You isn't natural music. It's not straight from the soul to you music. It's straight from the dome with a sharp left turn through the knobs of electronics, eventually showing up at your doorstep hours later looking beaten up, bruised, confused, and looking for a hug.
How on Earth then, do Revolution, I Love You play a live show without breaking the bank on ringers and any other additional musicians they can find? Their set lists must look like football playbooks.
Lindgren says that Revolution, I Love You will try to build their sets in the same way a DJ would. In short, they are not ones for requests. Each member has a table in front of him. Lindgren's has a loop station and a programmer on it, while Reynolds' has a large keyboard on his. Both of them play guitar and both sing- Lindgren handling lead vocals and Reynolds backing him up.
"It's just us two and programming," Lindgren says.
Whether it's choosing to go to the moon or noise popping a death ray, it's ultimately Revolution, I Love You- a penchant for sound, knobs, and Jameson. It's modern day pop music. The future is here and the walls are carpeted.
Revolution, I Love You's "All Your Love"
"We Choose to Go to the Moon" is a great piece of musical work.
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Author: Michael Pollock Delaware’s most promising electronic rockers head north On the long ro...Author: Michael Pollock
Delaware’s most promising electronic rockers head north
On the long roads somewhere off the St. Georges exit from 95 South, the sun was fading and the sky had the gray look of winter chill to it. On either side were stables and wide-open spaces occupied by big, comfortable houses, with blankets of fresh-fallen snow whiting out the landscape. It didn’t seem the appropriate setting to be meeting the gadget-laced electronic-rock duo Revolution, I Love You—this was the stuff of campfires and acoustic guitars, not drum machines and ProTools. As it turned out, it wasn’t the appropriate setting at all. I was lost.
Eventually, I made my way to a house in Townsend—or Middletown; the towns blur together—where 25-year-olds Rob Lindgren and Jason (Jay) Reynolds, Middletown High grads and the members of Revolution, I Love You, have a makeshift studio in Lindgren’s parents’ basement. The space here made more sense: instruments both traditional and improvised (a trash can as drum set); Reynolds’ re-upholstered amp next to an old piano; a couple of computers; a rack filled with CDs and VHS movies; cartons of soda; some alcohol; shelving units and furniture.
The set-up is temporary. Lindgren and Reynolds are in the process of relocating to the Roxborough neighborhood of northwest Philadelphia to begin the second level of their career. “That’s been the plan for the last year and a half,” Lindgren says on the phone in early January, a few days before we meet up. “We hope that by the end of next year, we feel comfortable and we’re really situated in Philly and people know who we are. It’s the next stepping stone before going to somewhere like New York, where it’s far more serious and competitive.”
Reynolds says, “It’s an interesting and experimental place. There’s a scene up there, as far as house shows, that makes it more of a personal preference for us.”
Lindgren puts it this way: “I had a really encouraging conversation with one of the guys from American Buffalo”—last year’s O&A Musikarmageddon winner—“when he came out to our show at Home Grown. He said, ‘You can’t just go up there and play some straight-up rock ’n’ roll. Nobody gets down with it. Nobody’s into it. They want some weird electro s—t.’ I’m sitting there thinking, ‘Oh. Sounds good for us.’”
As Revolution, I Love You, Lindgren and Reynolds have brought something fresh and exciting to the local-music scene. The band’s name comes from a piece of graffiti written during the French Revolution of 1968, and the idea of an international exchange—American rock with European rhythm—is never too far behind. (For proof, see the band’s vivid cover of the Cure’s “Lullaby,” or the song “The Prettiest Feather, or the Straightest Quill?”) Lindgren is the group’s lead singer. Reynolds plays keyboards. They both play guitars, make beats, write lyrics, come up with song titles, and, in a live setting, man a loop station—a system of synced guitar pedals that allows users to grab phrases, make them repeat, and layer other phrases on top of them. “Jay has a delay pedal that does it, and I have a dedicated pedal for it,” Lindgren says, “so between the two of them, we’re able to get that thing tapping into this f—ked-up wall of sound.” Things bounce off each other in a way that feels intentional, but the elements don’t necessarily belong together. If you were to add a string player to the mix, or a trumpeter, or an opera singer, well, that would be fine, too. The party’s big enough for everyone.
“I think of it as, ‘We write pop songs,’” Lindgren says. “But the arrangements are a little odd. We mangle them a little bit. We put weird IDM beats under them. We give them noisy guitar parts. We take something that would otherwise be catchy and fun and make it mildly unlistenable.”
In early 2009, RILY (also R,ILY, for grammar’s sake) released an EP, Noise. Pop. Deathray. (which includes “Lullaby” and “The Prettiest Feather”), then began hitting the live circuit, bringing with them the sense of adventure they apply to their music. One show last July at Kelly’s Logan House saw them setting up the stage—by no means a large space—with the resourceful imagination belonging to community-theater groups and college freshmen. Realizing, perhaps, that people playing machines isn’t everyone’s idea of a performance, Lindgren and Reynolds upped the fun factor, incorporating items onstage you might find at a yard sale: a table and tablecloth that have seen better days, a lamp, some flowers.
“We used to talk a lot in college about what it means to make music, and why,” Lindgren says one day in the basement before the band’s move to Philly. (Lindgren was a cultural-studies major at Towson. Reynolds studied history at UD. Neither graduated, although Reynolds has plans to finish eventually.) “There was a need to do more than just say, ‘We love these bands. Let’s make music that sounds like them.’ There was a post-modern-play thing happening, like a mish-mash of everything we do. If you look at any artform now, a lot of it is just a mix-up of everything that’s happened in the last 200 years at various points. In pop music, it’s the last 50 or 60 years. What we do is put a little bit of everything together. There are some grungy guitars, but then there’s electronics and beats.”
It’s here, in RILY’s love of percussion—specifically, the kind of IDM blasts that were the calling card of Aphex Twin and Atari Teenage Riot in the ’90s—that things become interesting, and where RILY wrestles themselves from the pack. Not since the Metrosexuals a few years ago (who later became Blackswan until disbanding recently) has electronic-based rock been at the forefront of so many local-music discussions.
Last April, RILY graced the cover of Spark and won the magazine’s award for Best Breakout Artist. They made appearances at the Delaware Music Awards and on Radio 104.5 FM, WSTW’s Graffiti Radio, and Ocean City’s WOCM. That fall, they performed during the inaugural Wilmington Fringe arts festival. In January, they picked up four nominations in WSTW’s annual Homey Awards, which honor local musicians. Last month, they were invited to play the 14th Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, Pa.
It was a big year for two guys who’d never played the songs on their EP live until they started booking shows. The first was in late March last year. “The way we tend to approach things,” Reynolds says, “is we don’t worry about how we’re going to pull it off live, because that’s just a problem we’ll have to solve later. When we write or record a song, we do it however we feel we need to do it, in order to make the recording the strongest.”
To hear an early version of RILY, try finding Lindgren’s and Reynolds’ previous band Radiowhore’s only album, Some Sort of Poison. A well-produced, if mostly derivative, release, Some Sort of Poison fashions itself as an alt.rock canvas that wants to be dangerous, too—you can hear Alice in Chains, and the Smashing Pumpkins, and Marilyn Manson, and Tool. But the album was made in 2006, long after the alt.rock hybrid had run its course. Listening now, there are flashes of welcome weirdness: One of the interludes is nothing more than a light jazz number, a U-turn from the heavily processed guitars that saturate the rest of the album.
One song, “Shiver Shake Chills,” led Lindgren and Reynolds to think they might be onto something, should they ever split off on their own. “We’d always been the principal writers, and we weren’t getting a lot of input,” Reynolds says. “So we started thinking, ‘What if it was just us?’”
“Shiver Shake Chills,” Reynolds says, is the moment when the two began trusting each other musically. “Rob was doing just the basic guitar part”—Reynolds recreates the song’s opening through da-da-das—“and I’m thinking, ‘That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.” He went with it anyway. “Now it’s one of the only songs I still like, and it made me realize that Rob works differently than me. I work section by section. But Rob hears everything in his head at the same time.”
Disagreements with the band’s drummer led to Radiowhore’s demise, and Lindgren and Reynolds began sketching out ideas for a new act, one with a heavy emphasis on beats. Regardless of what they would sound like, the two decided from the start that they would retain tight control over everything, from creative moves to business plans.
“We’ve got a pretty clear vision for what we want and how we think it should sound,” Lindgren says. “The surface qualities of the music—not the content, but the style and the production—that means just as much to the music as the words and the notes. Style is the important thing, and how you play with that is the statement you’re making.”
The move to Philly is meant to introduce that style to a wider audience and market. They’ve worked out what they call “a whole other route” that doesn’t involve dealing with a label at all: Do well on their own, get distribution, bank the money, hire a team. Though brave, it’s not rocket science, and other, bigger bands have been adopting a similar strategy for years. (Prince and Death Cab for Cutie come to mind.) But RILY may become one of the first serious local acts to turn its art into a legitimate commerce machine, compatible with the new world the music industry has found itself in. “Labels are like banks,” Lindgren says.
“They’re going to loan you money, and then they’re going to tell you where to spend it and who to spend it with. And you have to pay it back. It’s always their money. Going the indie route, the only difference is you have to come up with the capital first. You need it to get the CDs made, to do promotion, to do a college-radio campaign. Once we have distribution, we can play a lot more, come up with our own capital, do our own releases, and hire our own people. There’s no reason we need a label.”
By keeping everything close to home—from management and marketing to the music itself—RILY hope to avoid the sort of entanglements that have slowed the progress of other local artists: the communication breakdown that’s prevented American Buffalo from releasing their long-awaited Western Approaches album, for example, or the Crash Motive’s sour experience with Wind-Up Records.
It’s always been this way, long before Lindgren and Reynolds formed RILY. “The first time we recorded anything, we went into a studio in New Jersey,” Lindgren says. “We were like, ‘We could do this.’ So the next time, instead of spending $800 recording a demo, we saved our money and bought Pro Tools. We’ve been using it since we were 18. Everything is recorded here. It’s all DIY.”
It permeates the band’s releases and release schedule as well. They don’t talk about full-length albums, favoring instead the idea of annual EPs. “There’s a certain concentration of idea that you can do there,” Reynolds says. “We have an unbelievable backlog of material to work from, but as far as making it strong as a unit, I think this is the right format. We want to maximize what the EP can be, not just put it out because we didn’t have enough songs for an album.”
“We can keep it really consistent,” Lindgren says. “We don’t have to feel like we have to show every bit of who we are. We can record and release a new EP every year, all while working a 40-hour-a-week day job. That’s the goal—to be always putting out music. That’s hard to do if we’re talking about doing a 50-minute album every year.”
Rily's next EP, We Choose to Go to the Moon—the title is from a JFK quote about space travel—is expected to be out this summer, and it’s informed by the evolution the band underwent once they started doing shows last year. “We knew some things would be different,” Reynolds says of going back into the studio to record the new material, but they had no idea it would be so drastic. “The live sound was a lot more cohesive,” Lindgren explains. “It didn’t sound like a rock band and then a drum machine. It was more like one unit.” As of now, seven songs are slated to make the cut. A few others were written and performed live but got scrapped, and another song “is finished,” Lindgren says, “but we decided it’ll fit better on the next release.”
The songs on the new EP are “a little more earnest, a little more honest,” Lindgren says, aiming for something “organic” while still relying on synth-based structures. Lindgren cues up one of the songs on the band’s laptop, an untitled track with a tension-building intro, a thick bass-beat, and the refrain, “Can’t do it on my own.” Much more melodic than most of Noise. Pop. Deathray., the song reminded me of parts of The Fragile, the ambitious Nine Inch Nails album that’s found a small but devoted audience in the 10 years since its release.
“Dude,” Lindgren says, lighting up. “There was a period where all I listened to was that and Kid A.”
The two records comprise an interesting pair. Released at the height of the retail boom that carried the music industry into the millennium, as well as right before widespread file-sharing led to decline, the albums are the works of artists—Trent Reznor and Radiohead—who’ve turned their backs on the old way of doing things.
“Record labels do one thing well: huge bands,” Lindgren says. “They don’t do development anymore. They’ve figured out how to make so much money off one huge hit from one huge band.” As a result, Lindgren says, “The other processes they had for developing smaller bands fell by the wayside. They don’t do it anymore, which is part of why they’re falling apart. That, and not adapting to the fact that no one buys CDs.”
All of which leads Revolution, I Love You to think that the iron is hot for indie bands, electronic or otherwise, to strike. “Ten, 15 years ago, we would’ve tried to go our own way,” Lindgren says. “And honestly, the climate didn’t exist for that to work as well. Even with the complete failure of the music industry, right now has got to be the best time to be a musician, ever.”
CD Review - Noise. Pop. Deathray.
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Jason Reynolds and Rob Lindgren, a duo called Revolution, I Love You, refer to their music as “equal...Jason Reynolds and Rob Lindgren, a duo called Revolution, I Love You, refer to their music as “equal parts drum machines and Fender jangle, fuzz bass and piano.” And dang, if they’re not absolutely right! This music may be relatively indescribable, but that doesn’t mean it’s not also mighty fine. Noise. Pop. Deathray. is comprised of only six tracks, yet each one is entirely different from the rest. Revolution, I Love You’s overall affect might just restore your faith in rock & roll.
With its dance music-inspired percussion and alternative rock guitars, “My Baby’s Gonna Save the World, What’s Your Baby Gonna Do?” simply burns with raw emotionalism. It is followed by the verbosely titled “Open Letter to The President of the United States”, which — while not exactly the sort of correspondence our head of state most likely reads — roars with punk power and just a touch of reggae dub. It also incorporates a weedy synthesizer part that weaves in and out of the mix at just the right moments. Toward the end of the track, there’s even a great hand clap rhythm. The very next song, “And She Said it with a Straight Face”, includes music hall piano for an entirely unexpected –- but welcome — feel. As you can plainly see, this disc is one rock & roll variety show.
Love and revolution are usually mutually exclusive terms: anyone who falls in love with a political revolution oftentimes has misplaced affections. Nevertheless, it’s easy to get all mushy when listening to this pair of musical revolutionaries. The only criticism to be leveled at Revolution, I Love You –- and it’s a minuscule one at best — is that six songs are not nearly enough. With Revolution, I Love You, let’s all pray for rock & roll world domination.
This indie music review was written by Dan MacIntosh.
Dan is a professional music journalist, and indie CD reviewer for AudioXposure, with credits including CCM, CMJ, and Spin.com.
Link to original: http://audioxposure.com/features/indie-music-reviews/revolution-i-love-you-noise-pop-deathray/
Local Scene: Revolution, I Love You
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Revolution, I Love You Published: September 2009 Story: Jeff Royer Photo: press photo There ar...Revolution, I Love You
Published: September 2009
Story: Jeff Royer
Photo: press photo
There are pros and cons to having a computer as a bandmate. He rarely comes up with song ideas, and almost never pitches in for pizza. On the other hand, he doesn’t drink the band beer, and if he ever gives you any attitude, you can unplug him.
No one has learned these lessons as well as Jason Reynolds and Rob Lindgren of Revolution, I Love You, an indie rock-dance-pop band from Middletown, Delaware, whose third member always seems to view the world in ones and zeros.
“It sucks, because the laptop doesn’t go to the diner with you after the show. It’s not much fun,” says Reynolds.
“On the other hand, breakfast is a lot cheaper,” Lindgren offers.
The laptop is in some ways Revolution, I Love You’s defining element, providing the fat-bottomed beats and buzzing bass that turns Reynolds and Lindgren’s eerie Brit-pop into something fiercely fun. Stripped of the ornamentation, the songs might come across as gloomy, if not downright creepy, with Lindgren moaning and crooning in half-time over droning keys and dark guitar lines soggy with reverb. But those chirpy, choppy beats wring out the melodrama and replace it with a winking dare to dance. In the words of Black Eyed Peas, Revolution, I Love You are not afraid to get retarded when necessary.
The band captured this dichotomy on its debut EP, noise. pop. deathray., released last year to rave reviews that drew comparisons to modern-day buzz bands like Menomena, Ratatat and other groups that, frankly, RILY had never heard of prior to recording the album. “I listen to a lot of Bright Eyes and Rob listens to a lot of The Smiths,” Reynolds shrugs, adding Squarepusher and Aphex Twin as electronica influences.
“When we first started writing the album, we wanted to make something expansive and strange, but we kept coming up with these quirky little pop songs,” Lindgren says. “So the goal became to make these pop songs work with our propensity for abrasive noise and weird arrangements.”
Lindgren and Reynolds have been playing in bands together since high school, but it wasn’t until they were in college that one of their projects finally started to take off. So they both quit school to pursue it on a full-time basis – just in time to watch all of their bandmates quit. It was around that time that Reynolds wrote a song called “Can I Get the Door for You?” that would lay the foundation for Revolution, I Love You’s ass-shaking future.
Reynolds recalls, “At some point, I said the now infamous words: ‘Why don’t you try putting a beat under that?’”
“I entirely misunderstood him,” Lindgren says. “Apparently, he wasn’t thinking of ’90s house when he said ‘beat,’ but that’s what he got.”
The success of that song was the impetus for RILY’s sound to-date; the dance odyssey had begun.
So they can talk the talk on the dancefloor, but can they walk the walk?
“I do the Lawnmower,” Reynolds deadpans.
“And I’m working on the Carlton,” Lindgren says. “But seriously, I wouldn’t brag, but I don’t think either of us would get kicked out of the club, either.”
COVER/Best Breakout Artist
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FEATURED ON COVER Best Breakout Band: Revolution, I Love You The Band: Rob Lindgren, guitar an...FEATURED ON COVER
Best Breakout Band: Revolution, I Love You
The Band: Rob Lindgren, guitar and vocals; Jason Reynolds, guitar, piano and keys, vocals.
Congratulations on winning the 2009 Delaware Music Award for Best Breakout Band. "We spent a whole lot of time holed up in the basement, working on [the album] 'Noise. Pop. Deathray.' We were really excited with it when it was done, but we were also really nervous about how it would be received. So it's nice to know we don't have to be nervous anymore." -- Jason
Where does this award rank on the list of your life's achievements? "To be honest, we've been trying to get into Spark since we were 17, so we're pumped. Strike one off the list." -- Rob
Where will you put the trophy? "I think the trophy is going to rotate back and forth between our parents' houses until we move out into the collective band house, where it will probably sit pretty on the bookshelf for a while." -- Jason
Who will get the trophy first? Will it be passed around like the Stanley Cup? "Rob's parents will get it first, since they put up with us practicing." -- Jason
What's next for you guys? "First, we are going to start taking donations of canned goods in exchange for a discount on CDs, T-shirts and the like. We also want to get more involved with some of the small, DIY venues in the area like The Spot in Wilmington and The Brutal Pad in Middletown. The Spot, especially, is everything we love a venue to be: they do shows, art galleries and food drives. Places like that have the potential to be really important and meaningful. And, of course, we want to wrap up a new EP by the end of the year. Half of our live material is new anyway, so it's largely a matter of making time to record." -- Rob
OK, so outside of the festival, where can we hear some of that new music? "We'll be playing The Lizard Lounge at The Chameleon Club in Lancaster on April 17 and the LAUNCH Music Conference at Marion Court in Lancaster on April 18. Locally, we'll be playing the Premier Center for the Arts in Middletown on April 19." -- Rob
Artist of the Month - September 2011
Artist of the Month - September 2011
Chat with R,ILY
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So last week I had the opportunity to catch up with R,ILY front man Rob Lindgren and chat about thei...So last week I had the opportunity to catch up with R,ILY front man Rob Lindgren and chat about their recent album release, We Chose To Go To The Moon.
If you haven’t listened to this album you’re missing out on a pretty unique experience. In just the first few tracks it’s obvious how much Rob Lindgren and Jason Reynolds have grown together as a band on this album. Lindgren commented, “Jason and I really considered this album our chance to expand on and more fully realize the whole indie rock/dance beats concept of our first EP, Noise. Pop. Deathray. We widened our range to include more ideas from across the pop spectrum” From the Interpol inspired guitar harmonies in “Anxious Smiles” to the manipulated vocal samples and drum polyrhythms influenced by Aphex Twin in “I Won’t Be Still” and “There Is A Light”, R,ILY has created some serious new sounds to be reckoned with.
Last week R,ILY made a radio appearance on Delaware Valley’s Hometown Heroes 93.7 WSTW, and is continuing to get airplay in other areas. Lindgren commented, “We are getting airplay all over the country right now, and sometimes in the strangest places...Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma, Illinois, Wisconsin. It's just weird to think, for the first time, that my voice is coming out of someone's radio in places that I've never been, and I might not be anytime soon. Or ever. I don't have any plans to visit Wisconsin at the moment, Haha”. If you’re bummed about missing the Hometown Heroes appearance, the guys will be on a New Music Inferno podcast next week. We’ll supply the link, don’t worry.
R,ILY will also be at the Wilmington World Café Live in Delaware on October 7 if you want to get the full live music experience (I recommend it!). Buy tickets HERE.
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Dewey Beach music fest reveals eclectic talent
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From dance rock to jam jazz, fresh voices abound By Rob Kunzig firstname.lastname@example.org As Ame...From dance rock to jam jazz, fresh voices abound
By Rob Kunzig email@example.com
As American Buffalo sound- checked its microphones and cranked its amps, everyone standing on the deck of the Rusty Rudder exchanged a look that said: this is going to be loud. Then the Newark quartet crunched into their first number, strutting across the stage and howling into the mike like men on fire.
Welcome to the Delaware Music Festi-val, a rock extravaganza that shook Dewey Beach Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4.? Featuring 32 bands across four stages, the festival has inaugurated the Rusty Rudder’s summer season since 2003.
While local favorites draw a dependable crowd – Love Seed Mama Jump plays high- powered cover songs every Thurs-day, while lower case blues delivers fuzzy blues that owe more to Hendrix than B. B.? King – the festival, sponsored by Spark Magazine, showcases new, unexpected talent, often left- of- center and challeng-ing.
Revolution, I Love You is Middletown natives Rob Lindgren, Jason Reynolds and an iBook. Lindgren fronts the duo, his lilt-ing voice contrasting with the jangle and fuzz of his fender. Tall and lank, Lindgren took the stage Friday night and clung to the mike like a crooner while bandmate Jason Reynolds shuffled from keyboard to bass to guitar, adding layer upon layer to the band’s wall of noise.
The iBook, perched atop an antique bedstand, pumped the band’s electro- dance beat through the amps. After Revolu-tion’s set, Lindgren noted major-label bands like Franz Ferdinand were now lacing their tracks with synthetic beats.
Mad Sweet Pangs, a Newark band gracing an outdoor stage Saturday evening, was a wel-come break from the high-strung, nervous energy of other acts.
Relaxed and self- assured, MSP moved through a set of jazzy, soulful jams with unhurried grace. Bassist Dustin Frolich wore a knit cap with Ray Charles sunglasses and slouched even when standing; his digressions with guitarist Gordon Lippincott could go on for three minutes, the two playing off each other’s riffs before rendezvousing with the song without missing a beat.
Of all the bands playing origi-nal music, American Buffalo de-livered the most kinetic set.? Spark Magazine labeled the group the “ Next Big Thing,” and it isn’t hard to see why – the band’s explosive energy com-pelled even wallflowers to stomp a foot. While anyone can scream and jump around, American Buf-falo’s songs are barbed with intri-cate melody. Zachary Thomas’ howl is bone- rattling not because of its decibels, but rather its haunting, southern- gothic tinge of doom and foreboding. The two tracks showcased on the band’s MySpace page reveal the band’s languorous, psychedelic side. Their forthcoming album “ Western Approaches” is bound to draw comparisons to My Morning Jacket, a criticallylaud-ed alt- rock outfit that channels the same haunted southern vibe.
While Dewey Beach is known more for its cover bands than original acts, the Delaware Music Festival is proof positive that vigorous, independent artists are hard at work in the state, and un-afraid to strut their tunes in front of Love Seed’s barn- burning ren-dition of “ Radar Love.”
CD Review - Noise. Pop. Deathray.
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On noise. pop. deathray., vocalist/guitarist Rob Lindgren belts out words in an oddly sultry manner ...On noise. pop. deathray., vocalist/guitarist Rob Lindgren belts out words in an oddly sultry manner - sometimes softly lamenting ("Can I Get the Door for You?"), sometimes angrily disappointed ("Open Letter to the President of the United States of America"), and sometimes aggressively sexy ("Lullaby") - while supported by trippy electric beats, fuzzy reverb, and cabaret-style indie-pop. It's a delightful hodgepodge that this Delaware-based duo should be proud of.
Written by: Annamarya Scaccia, Editor of ORIGIVATION MAGAZINE
Link to original: http://origivation.com/issues/origiVation_2009.02.pdf (on page 36)
Delaware Music Festival
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Delaware Music Festival 2009 Revolution, I Love You Hometown: Middletown Day & Time: Friday...Delaware Music Festival 2009
Revolution, I Love You
Day & Time: Friday at 8:20 p.m.
Venue: Rusty Rudder Stage D
Genre: Electro/Indie Rock
Who's who: Rob Lindgren, vocals and guitar; Jason Reynolds, vocals, guitar and piano.
What's in a name? "The name goes back to France in 1968. There was a general uprising where students took over campuses, and young workers took over factories. They scribbled these brilliant one-liners all over the walls, about Marxism, art, and the uprising itself. One of those scribbles was 'Revolution, I Love You.'" -- Rob
If we only had two minutes to listen to a song on your MySpace page, which song would you recommend? "Take a listen to 'My Baby's Gonna Save the World, What's Your Baby Gonna Do?' first. It has these passionate, interweaving guitar and piano lines set against a chunky, programmed beat. It's great." -- Jason
"And there are only three words in the whole song: 'You go, babe.'" -- Rob
Music means: "Compulsion. Necessity. It's not always something I want to do, or feel like doing, but I'm impelled to do it. Sometimes I wonder if maybe I could do something more productive with my life; be a doctor, or work with a non-profit. But, you know, art is a gift that you give the world. -- Rob
Steak or fish? "Tuna, straight out of the can." -- Rob
What you'd like to hear the audience yell out someday: "The beer's in the fridge, you can sleep on the couch." -- Jason
Thoughts on the Delaware Music Festival: "We played the festival a few years ago, but with a different band. All I remember is that it was crowded and loud and everyone else had a beer, but none of us were 21 yet. The Rudder is such a cool venue, and so many people come out for this show, that it's hard not to be really excited."-- Rob
SOUND BITES: A look at Revolution, I Love You’s new EP, Noise. Pop. Deathray., song by song
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Written by Mike Pollock “Can I Get the Door for You?” Rob Lindgren, vocals and guitar: “This i...Written by Mike Pollock
“Can I Get the Door for You?”
Rob Lindgren, vocals and guitar: “This is the first song we ever recorded that sounded anything like the music we make now. I got a little carried way with the whole thing, putting fuzz bass and a house beat under it, and I re-recorded all the vocals falsetto. When I showed Jason [Reynolds, piano and guitar, pictured above at left] what I’d done, I was terrified. But his reaction was more like, ‘We need to do more stuff like this.’”
“My Baby’s Gonna Save the World, What’s Your Baby Gonna Do?”
RL: “The title is actually longer than the lyrics. There’s only three words in the whole song, which I think is interesting, because in most music the meaning comes from the content of the words. But in this case, the meaning is produced in a way much closer to a meaningfully captioned photograph.”
“Open Letter to the President of the United States of America”
RL: “I actually wrote ‘Open Letter’ for a previous band both of us were in. We played it live a few times, but it was never recorded. I was initially very happy with the lyrics, but they were written so long ago that they hardly resonate now.”
“…And She Said It with a Straight Face”
RL: “This went through the same
process as ‘Can I Get the Door for You?’ Jason wrote a country song on guitar, and then I screwed it all up. The chords and Johnny Cash bassline stayed the same, but once we added the mock-reggaeton beat, the song took off to an entirely different place.”
RL: “This is a cover of one of my absolute favorite Cure songs. We added 50 bpm and a West Coast hip-hop synth. I’m really proud that we managed to maintain a certain sense of the original mood, despite the drastic tempo change. We sped it up so much I actually had to cut a couple words to make it all fit.”
“The Prettiest Feather, or the Straightest Quill?”
RL: “On paper, what we do sounds a lot like what many other bands are doing right now, the indie-rock-and-dance-beats thing, but I think this song really highlights what sets us apart. There are no four-to-the-floor disco beats, and nothing reminiscent of New Order or Joy Division or Kraftwerk. Instead, there are distorted jazz samples and a short Aphex Twin break. The main riff is in alternating time signatures. There’s no chorus, just two verses surrounded by instrumental sections.
“A lot of songwriters say they don’t like to box themselves in, that they let their songs go wherever they need to go to work best. We think of it the same way, only our songs like to go to slightly stranger places.”
Link to original: http://out-and-about.com/Default.aspx?DN=4f7e0d60-c64c-4889-b323-b596cdbb43f4
Revolution, I Love You revs up their music
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Approximately nine months ago, Rob Lindgren and Jason Reynolds of the band Revolution, I Love You h... Approximately nine months ago, Rob Lindgren and Jason Reynolds of the band Revolution, I Love You had a huge decision to make. Isaac Gordon, a music manager from Monster Entertainment had contacted them to try and set up a meeting. Gordon worked at WSTW, a radio station in Wilmington, DE, and heard Revolution, I Love You and offered his services to them. The band had not previously had a manager and was uneasy putting their music career in another's hands.
"We'd always done everything ourselves and I didn't like the idea of having a manager,'" Lindgren says.
Since the band's first show in Wilmington in March of 2009, Revolution, I Love You has taken some major steps in the music industry. Currently, the pair is working on a new album.
After meeting with Gordon, the two changed their minds and hired him as a manager. Although Lindgren continues to do most of the booking and press, the band feels having a manager has helped them.
"He's become a really good friend," Lindgren says. "He's like having a third pair of hands for the business end of things, plus, he thinks about things from a very different point of view. It definitely helps."
Gordon was the first person to explain how it was possible to be successful independently, without signing to a label. He helped lay out a plan for R, ILY, and Lindgren and Reynolds were able to work on their new album.
The pair started recording their new album, We Choose to Go to The Moon, in Lindgren's parents' basement&-the place the band was born&-but the space was too small. Soon they made a move to Philadelphia together. They cut back on shows to make more time to record, but the process is taking longer than the two had hoped, Reynolds says.
Most of the album was already written, so it was just a matter of recording. But, the band agrees, writing is a joint process and some changes are needed along the way.
"He'll write stuff on his own, me on my own, and some together," Reynolds says. "It's all over the map, so each song goes a little different."
But each member has an equal hand in the creation of their songs.
"But nothing is completed without the other person getting his grubby little hands on it," Lindgren jokes.
Since Revolution, I Love You first debuted, their music has evolved. Their first album, Noise. Pop. Deathray. had a more cynical, emotionally distant feel to it, Lindgren says, while the new album, We Choose to Go to the Moon, is a bigger, more dramatic record.
"I would say our style now is indie rock with electronic elements, dance-y with a dash of 90's," Reynolds says.
Because Noise. Pop. Deathray. had only six tracks, the band was forced to write more music earlier, so they'd be able to play full sets. They say the new album will have either nine or 10 tracks, including the songs "Can't Do This On My Own" and "Waterfalls." The latter of the two is a song about an experience Lindgren had in Philadelphia.
"I drank too much when we were out in Philly, and left him stuck on the side of the road while I got hauled off to jail at Arch and Race," Lindgren says.
Both agree it is their favorite song, since it's about forgiveness.
The album title, however, comes with an entirely different mixture of emotions. Lindgren took "We Choose to Go to the Moon" from the famous John F. Kennedy speech, in which the president promised to make it to the moon by the end of the decade.
"People are pretty cynical about it now, but in the ‘60s space travel was an awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping human achievement, to be naively excited about," Lindgren says. "I think that's where the idea came from, because we wanted the new record to have that sense of naive excitement."
This was not always the album title, however. Reynolds wanted to call it "Pow," before Lindgren came up with his inspirational title.
"I figured it would have an impact," he says. "And I loved Adam West era Batman."
It's this joking, excitable nature that inspires R, ILY's fans during their shows.
Sophomore Stephanie Gomez, a Revolution, I Love You fan, feels the band's new music style is motivating.
"I really liked their old stuff, but when I saw them perform a couple months ago I could see something new," Gomez says. "It wasn't just the music; it was a whole new outlook."
Gomez says she enjoys the new songs they played and can't wait to buy the new album once it's released this winter.
"It feels good when the songs that you like the most and are the most recent are the ones people are responding to as well," Reynolds says.
Lindgren and Reynolds both hope their audiences leave Revolution, I Love You's shows with smiles on their faces. They say watching people enjoy their music is the best part of being in a band.
"Music isn't just what we'd like to do for the rest of our lives, it's what we're going to do," Lindgren says.
Sets can range from 30-80 minutes of music from previous and future releases, as well as some covers:
"Lullaby" (The Cure)
"There is a Light That Never Goes Out" (The Smiths)
"Atlantic City" (Bruce Springsteen)
"Frankly, Mr Shankly" (The Smiths)
"Just What I Needed/Robocop" (The Cars/Kanye West)