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Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
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"Ravenhill "Ladies and Gentlemen, I Present to You" EP Review 10/10"

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Ravenhill is a small “old time music” band that started out as a dream of one Mr. Joshua Clifton about ten years ago. He and his friends wanted to create old time R&B mixed with classic southern gospel music, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is a glimpse into how Ravenhill got its start. Ladies and Gentlemen, I Present to You... was released a while back to not a whole lot of coverage, so I thought I would do a review for it since it was one of my favorite albums of 2010. Lately in my reviews I have not been going song by song, but this time I decided I would because of all the different elements and sound changes in every song.
“Oh Mercy!” gets this album started with a bang with Joshua Clifton’s voice sounding like an old soul singer along with some gospel choir backup vocals. Brady Clifton’s bass is super heavy on this song and dominates most of the guitar parts in this piece. The lyrics talk about asking God for mercy and forgiveness because we’re all only human. “Monster Eats Pilot” is an instrumental song that is like a jam session from years long gone. The song goes from slow and low snap and clap beats too fast and loud screaming guitars.
“Monster Eats Pilot” leads perfectly into the rock and roll anthem “Vanity."  Joshua’s vocals come back into play with an edgy, soulful southern rock twang similar to--dare I say it--Lynyrd Skynyrd, mixed surprisingly with a little bit of a Bachman-Turner Overdrive tone. Jon Raby's crashing and rolling drums take up most of the music with the exception of a couple of chirps from the guitar section. The lyrics are a reference to the book of Ecclesiastes (NKJV) where the writer talks about how all man's works are in vain (vanity). (The definition of vanity [vain] is "futile and/or excessive pride in yourself and what you do.")
Up next is “Blood on the Church Floor," which is the most dramatic and moving song on this EP.  For the most part this song is stripped down to a piano and an acoustic guitar until it gets to its soulful climax. Joshua’s vocals sound like they should be found in a southern gospel church in the 40’s or 50’s, and I say that in a super good way! This song is about something easily forgotten by the church and secular spheres, which is martyrdom.  Martyrdom (martyr) is when people are being persecuted for their beliefs and are usually put to death because they won’t renounce their beliefs.
Note: There are about three different versions of this album: the first one had an acoustic version of “Blood on the Church Floor," the second one has the original four songs (Bandcamp), and the last one has a new live acoustic song “Witches” (iTunes).
Ravenhill has crafted a piece of pure awesomeness and genius, even with a low budget on the production side of things. The “thing” that set this album apart from the rest for me was the music that they play. The music on this album isn’t like what you hear from your normal Christian radio stations and labels or, for that matter, secular music. There isn’t a thing on this album that I could say is wrong or out of place; everything fits perfectly.
For fans of Garage Voice, Orion Walsh, and Buddy Guy.
- christcore.net


"Indie Spotlight Review"

Indie Spotlight Review: Ravenhill – Ladies and Gentlemen, I Present To You…
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Posted by Tyler Hess on January 27, 2011

If you are looking for something with a little bit of everything, then boy oh boy do I have the right band for you.  Ravenhill brings their flavor of…just about every genre that a hipster could ever love to their four track EP.  The band is out of West Frankfort and according to google that is a place in Illinois, presumably west of a place called Frankfort, but that is merely speculation on my part.  What you’ll hear on the journey are colorful and soulful vocals mixed with a bunch of stuff that tends to center around a swingin’ rockabilly sound that isn’t afraid to mix things up a bit like they’re in a perennial jam session. - Christian Music Zine


"Wednesday Review"

It's Wednesday - time for a review. . .

Ravenhill is an up and coming young indie band out of the southern Illinois area. They have a unique sound and a broad range of influences that stretch back decades into musical history. Ravenhill recently released an EP, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I Present to You...", which was made available for download at Absolute Punk dot com's free music Friday blog. Over 1000 downloads later, the buzz is beginning to grow beyond the borders of the local music scene as their combination soul/funk/punk/rock/gospel mishmash sound brings them new fans daily.

The band's music is indescribable, really. But in a good way. While most bands have narrow influences that fit firmly within the particular style of music they are playing, Ravenhill calls upon a wide array of musical mentors that go well beyond their 20-something ages. Citing inspiration as diverse as Ray Charles, the Rolling Stones, and The Beatles, as well as hardcore, classic rock, old gospel, blues and soul music, Ravenhill manages to blend the various styles and types together and filter them through a modern indie sound. Modern influences such as Manchester Orchestra, The Black Keys and mewithoutyou are also apparent, but it's the overall mixture of the old-school styles that gives their music the kind of retro-cool that would be at home on the soundtrack to any Quentin Tarantino flick.

A listen to the EP is like a guided tour through nearly sixty years of American pop, rock, jazz, soul and funk music. Toss in the slightest little punk edge and a modern indie scene sensibility and you have the genre-defying style that is Ravenhill's music. There is a soulful passion that is woven throughout each tune. It is obvious that these guys love playing the music that they do. That joy is somewhat contagious in the more upbeat tunes as the blue-eyed soul meets 70's funk melds with a little bit of gospel swing and punk swagger. Slower songs, especially the mournful "Blood on the Church Floor" displays great emotional intensity without over the top orchestration or arrangement. The lyrics hearken back to a time when lyric writing was a craft of storytelling. A bit of influence from bards and balladeers, folk and Americana shines through at this point.




The music of Ravenhill is like a good old fashioned stew of genres and styles. And like a good stew warms the belly, this is music that warms the soul. As a band released bio reads: "We just wanna make you dance."

Check out Ravenhill at their official Myspace site here - and see live clips, behind the scenes stuff and even sneak peeks at new and upcoming music at their YouTube channel here.

Halftone Planet highly recommends Ravenhill - if you have a chance to see them live, don't miss it. Keep an eye on these guys. I have a feeling that in the not so distant future you might be saying "I used to listen to them before they hit it big..." - Halftone Planet


Discography

"Ladies and Gentlemen, I Present to You..." EP released 2009

"Delmar" EP released Fall 2010

"Evil Ways" EP released Winter 2010

"LIONS" EP Released Spring 2011

"SOUL" LP COMING IN SPRING OF 2013

All EPs are streaming on ravenhillmusic.bandcamp.com and are available for free download.

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Ravenhill is an up and coming band that is turning heads in the music industry. Their new record “SOUL" (Released on 3/24/15 through Slospeak Records) was featured on the Pandora Premieres station the week prior to it’s release; charting thousands of new listeners. In the past year, Ravenhill has gotten the attention of and worked with Disney, American Airlines, EA GAMES, Activision, and more. But long before any attention from the music industry Ravenhill was hard at work honing a live show that is like no other rock band. Bottom line: They will move ya!

 

The band, having been called “throwback” and “70s style” during their live shows, decided to capture that energy and experience to the best of their ability. They recorded on two-inch tape. Mitch Dane from Sputnik Studio suggested the idea and went right to work on making it happen.  “When we got in the studio and he pressed that red button, we felt like we had something to prove, the same way we feel when we get up onstage,” Josh recalls. “Recording like that reminded me that we're not perfect onstage, we're not perfect in the studio and so I wanted to show people the beauty in the imperfections. We live in a day and age that everything is auto tuned or programmed and I think it kills us as individuals. I just wanted to be as authentic as possible.”

 

Together, Ravenhill’s authenticity, energizing live show and trademark rock and soul vocals, make for an exciting addition to the Slospeak Records family and a band you won’t want to miss when they arrive in your town.