The Lost Revival

The Lost Revival

BandFolkRock

Biography

The Lost Revival was formed by singer/songwriter Kevin Collins, guitarist/ wizard Daniel Kirschenbaum, and keyboardist extraordinaire Benjamin Peyton. The three had been close friends and occasional musical collaborators while attending The Ohio State University. In the fall of 2005, the house they shared was robbed. Collins lost some microphones and a pair of guitars to the hooligans and Kirschenbaum lost his only electric guitar. Collins, Kirschenbaum, and Peyton, ever the optimists, decided to use this unfortunate incident as an opportunity to broaden their repertoire and replaced their stolen instruments with a drum machine and a synthesizer. The band’s combination of these electronic instruments with more traditional instruments results in a sound that displays a healthy respect for both popular music’s past and future. Within a few short months the three recorded a 5-song EP titled Thin Man's Mile, took their inimitable brand of electronic folk-rock to venues across Columbus under the name Youngstown Tune-up.

On February 7th 2006, the band played their first show to a packed crowd at Larry’s bar in Columbus with the band Somewhat Minor opening the show. The two bands became quick friends and played several shows together over the next six months. When Somewhat Minor’s guitarist became unavailable to the band, Kevin Collins took over lead guitar duties. Brad Wilson and Austin Caulk of Somewhat Minor offered to return the favor by taking over as Youngstown Tune-Up’s rhythm section, an offer the members of Youngstown Tune-Up were only too happy to accept. In the summer of 2006, Benjamin Peyton left the band to put his political science degree to better use. Kirschenbaum convinced a friend and fellow guitarist to fill in on synthesizer, which led to the addition of Joe DeWitt to the Youngstown Tune-Up’s lineup. Soon thereafter the new members proved themselves just as integral to the band’s unique sound as the founding members. With their expanded band fully intact, the Youngstown Tune-Up played high profile shows throughout Columbus, which included a gig at the famous Newport music Hall.

In the winter of 2006 Somewhat Minor began recording at Warner Brother’s studios in Nashville. The time in the studio convinced Collins that it was time to record the Youngstown Tune-Up’s full-length debut.
The Lost Revival entered Relay Recording Studios in July 2007. Over the course of one labor-intensive weekend, the brunt of the album was recorded. Despite a considerable amount of preproduction, the resulting album, Homemade Confetti, brims with the intensity and urgency of a live album, yet simultaneously maintains a level of sophistication and precision that can only be achieved by sure-footed craftsmen. The band attributes the brunt of the credit for this seemingly paradoxical list of qualities to producer/engineer Jay Alton, who instinctively understood how to record the band.

With their album fully recorded and ready to be pressed, the band made one final, crucial decision. After a year and a half of having their name mispronounced and questioned by Youngstown locals, Youngstown Tune-Up decided to scrap their name, opting instead for the moniker, the Lost Revival.

The Lost Revival’s catchy and unconventional take on folk-blues managed to catch the ear of Jason Matthew of Columbus’ the Nuclear Children. Matthew was so impressed that he took it upon himself to schedule a gig for the band at Skully’s Music Diner. Upon witnessing the band’s unremittingly distinctive and energetic live show, Matthew eagerly sought to get the band on the same label as the Nuclear Children, Champion of the Arts. In addition to The Lost Revival's new label, the band also has a new manager. Former Bosnian Ambassador, Muhamed (Mo) Sacirbey, witnessed a captivating show in Brooklyn's Galapagos Art Space and has decided to be a part of The Lost Revival's campaign.

Overall, 2008 should be an exciting year for the Lost Revival, as the band plans to spend the majority of it touring in support of Homemade Confetti.