Bright Righteous

Bright Righteous

 Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN
BandRockEDM

The Revival’s unique sonic hybridity blends bits of electro, new wave, and even some world flavours with a foundation anchored in powerful alt rock. They’ve been packing partygoers into sold-out venues for years, but now, with a bond stronger than ever and a devout determination, they’re ready to push forward.

Biography

What’s in a name?

When The Revival first united in 2008 to rock Winnipeg’s underground party scene, their name embodied their music – an energizing fusion of past and present, digital and analog. But now, in 2015, that name represents a lot more.

The fivesome – vocalist Kevin Hogg, guitarists Troy Taylor and Andrew Titley, Jay Jensen on bass and synths, and drummer Scott Beattie – is set to make an impactful statement with the release of their debut full-length in 2015 through Pipe & Hat. The songs comprising it will be the first formal taste of new tunes from The Revival in nearly three years, and more significantly, the first since the untimely passing of drummer and founding member Alex Danyliuk.

“We went into the studio at a very emotional time,” says Jensen about the effort. “Things got a lot more serious around then, and that’s definitely reflected in the music. Everything’s a bit darker, a bit heavier, a bit more emotional.” But the sonic shift from lively, lighthearted party bangers to a more focused, forthright rock sound isn’t the only transition born of the tragic circumstances.

Far more significantly, the band came away from the experience more dedicated, more assured that The Revival needed to carry on – and carry the spirit of a fallen friend with them. “It really brought us together as a band,” says Hogg, “and put a lot of things into perspective.” Now, the name means more than ever. It’s the moniker that embodies their newfound musical manifesto.

“Right now,” Hogg affirms, “The Revival is the four of us. This is what we do, and this our sound.” “But the band never would have gotten here without Alex,” Beattie tacks on.

The consistent lyrical theme throughout the effort is one of growth and realizing potential, of keeping optimistic throughout turmoil and maintaining perspective. While they touch on topics like substance abuse and, understandably, mortality, the ultimate attitude isn’t bleak or sombre; instead, it’s uplifting and encouraging.

So despite the circumstances surrounding its assembly, the album is certainly dynamic, with lighter pop songs cohesively interwoven with the edgier, weightier ones. The album was made with Montreal producer Mike Nash, whose diverse resume includes work with everyone from The Stills and the Dears to Voivod and Bran Van 3000.

What it showcases is the newest iteration of The Revival’s unique sonic hybridity, blending bits of electro, new wave, and even some world flavours with a foundation anchored in powerful alt rock. Their fusion of electronic and organic sounds is more seamless, and the songwriting more sophisticated. It’s the same band that packed sweaty partygoers into sold-out Winnipeg clubs years prior, only sharper, sleeker, and ultimately, superior.

And rest assured, The Revival still knows how to command a crowd. “The shows are definitely more dynamic than they’ve ever been,” Clefstad says. “We still have the energetic and upbeat party songs, but we want to deliver a more complete, more epic experience.” And judging by the reception they’ve earned supporting the likes of The Sheepdogs and Nazareth and the attention they’ve garnered at events like JUNO Fest, NXNE, CMW, Mile of Music, and Pennsylvania's Musikfest, “epic” isn’t overreaching.

So what’s in a name? With a bond stronger than ever and a devout determination, this is a band poised to push forward. Reinvigorated and revitalized, The Revival have undergone exactly what their name represents.

Lyrics

Shake This

Written By: The Revival

Tossed out on the street, she was only a teen
Self taught, watch her drop, can she do that for me?
Can she shake this, can she shake this tonight?
Can she shake this, can she shake this tonight?

This can't be the reason you walk the stage
There's something beneath it, just break the cage and see
This can't be the reason you walk the stage
There's something beneath it, just break the cage

Tossed out on the street, she was barely 18
A burlesque queen was what she wanted to be
Can she shake this, can she shake this tonight?
Will she shake this, will she shake this tonight?

This can't be the reason you walk the stage
There's something beneath it, just break the cage and see
This can't be the reason you walk the stage
There's something beneath it, just break the cage
Break the cage

Stuck In My Head

Written By: The Revival

Maybe it's the music that's stuck in my head
Maybe it's the people that I know I will never forget

You hear that song, you sing along, it makes your day
So sing those blues away, so you can breathe again
If that heavy weight is on your mind
A simple song could change your life
You feel the beat, move to your feet, dance and sing
into it all night long, the music can't be wrong
Don't let anything bring you down
Just know that song will always be around

Maybe it's the music that's stuck in my head
Maybe it's the people that I know I will never forget
Memories I have kept alive, melodies help my soul survive
Maybe it's the music that's stuck in my head

Drop the needle in the groove, it sets my mood to make my move
on you, and it never felt so right
That kind of music will never die
The song is different but the same old high

Maybe it's the music that's stuck in my head
Maybe it's the people that I know I will never forget
Memories I have kept alive, melodies help my soul survive
Maybe it's the music that's stuck in my head

Soul

Written By: The Revival

The air is hot, the full moon glows
The music plays that familiar soul
Within the crowd a flame begins
The rhythm flow, her body swings

Oh how she moves and sways
Her fire, it calls to me
Is this the one?
I have to know, before it's too late

Do you feel alive, like I want you to?
When I see your eyes, oh I need to get to you

The thrill of the night, the feeling so pure
The fire she spins, a calling allure
The song that we sing, it echoes it calls
The spirit is lifting and freeing us all

Oh how she moves and sways
Her fire, it calls to me
Is this the one?
I have to know, before it's too late

Do you feel alive like I want you to?
When I see your eyes, oh I need to get to you

Suddenly

Written By: The Revival

Verse 1:
Wasted days that turn to months
I yield to fear, I've lost my touch
My tainted soul has had enough

My bones they ache, my skin is rough
Your lilted words won't help too much
My mind is in a rutt

Pre chorus:
Look at me, can't you see that I'm barely alive
Its too late, seal my fate, now I'm ready to die
Then that moment saved my life

Chorus:
Suddenly, suddenly I see
I've been walking for far too long
I can't remember where I'm from
Suddenly, suddenly I see
This life means more to me

Verse 2:
Self destruction now, just a little taste
Push it up a gear, make my hear race
Lost my soul and lost my place

I remember when I was dreaming
I had something good, to believe in
Don't know how I fell from grace

(Pre-chorus)

(Chorus)

Bridge:
Save me from myself, lift me off the ground
Save me from myself, lift me up