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Static Revival

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
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"Static Revival - Gilding the Lily Review"

When I first saw Static Revival at some MTSU Battle of the Bands of sorts, I knew they weren’t messing around. Three years or so later, they’ve got this tight little gem of an EP, Gilding the Lily, recorded at House of Blues Studios in Nashville and released March 5. It’s six tracks of impassioned Southern-rock euphoria with lyrics that mirror anyone’s worst or best of days.

Tyler Grooms’ gray vocals have a layer of dust over them not unlike Jakob Dylan’s as he sings the opener, “North to the Future,” with a passionate lilt: “But when she talked about her home / Well, you could see it in her soul.” The line is only one of many relatable observations and sentiments on Gilding the Lily, awash in twangy and astral guitars (provided by Grooms and lead guitarist Cody Wilson) in a manner reminiscent of My Morning Jacket or Band of Horses.

On “Whole,” possibly the most introspective track on the EP, Grooms crams philosophy into the uplifting sonic framework: “The mirror makes you out to be whatever you don’t want to see if you’re scared to look / Allow yourself to know that on your own you would already have what it took / Let go of the lies you hold inside and you’ll find your peace / You’ll see the path was always clear and the things you feared have no meaning.”

Hope vanishes but does so beautifully on the dejected “Faded,” while its lyrical polar opposite, “Vista,” follows closely behind with its eye on a bright horizon—a juxtaposition which may be the point of Gilding the Lily—to catch the mountains (self-appreciation, defying fear) as well as the valleys (defeatism, villainous women with “devil’s eyes”). It all sounds influenced by the torchbearers who explored and expanded the bounds of Southern rock, such as My Morning Jacket and—shades of oldies—Bob Seger (especially on “Wanderlust”) in a good ol’ Southern boy-meets-poet fashion. - The Boro Pulse


"Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …"

"Static Revival’s music recalls My Morning Jacket with its melodic rhythm guitar and lead guitar chops, but lead singer Tyler Groom’s earthy, driving vocals interestingly complement the instrumentation with a folk-style storyteller’s lyrical delivery." - Andrew Johnson, Nashville Scene (Jan 05, 2013) - Nashville Scene


Discography

Static Revival - "Gilding the Lily" EP - Early 2013
Recorded at House of Blues Studios, Nashville, TN

2011 - The Tin Can Tracks - A Side: Whole, B Side: Devil's Eyes - Recorded at our beloved storage unit/ rehearsal space.

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Hailing from Nashville, TN. Static Revival is a band with a mission: to impart wisdom, promote positive energy, and be a force of good in this world. The songs they create break down complicated emotions - both sonically and lyrically - resulting in a track-by-track catalog of human thought that offers reassurance, alternate perspectives, and a nod of "Yes, we've been there too." The band plays with unrivaled passion and intensity, putting everything on the table and leaving nothing behind. Listeners can expect an immersive, multidimensional experience that is equally as catchy as it is compelling.

Recorded at Nashville's House of Blues Studios, Static Revival's 6-song EP "Gilding the Lily" serves to remind you of what you already knew - that you are perfect exactly as you are. The upbeat and sublimely soulful "Vista" suggests looking at yourself from a different angle; insisting that you cannot truly love anything in this world until you love yourself first. The beautifully encouraging "Whole" warns against being your own worst enemy, while offering solace in its affirmation: "...just so you know, you are already whole." Produced by Ronnie Thomas and Executive Producer Denver Cavins, "Gilding the Lily" is an expertly executed look into each member's personal journey and the ensuing revelations that came with the healing passage of time. It is a journal of things they've felt - things we've all felt - but with a lasting sense of resolution, peace, and bravery.