Wine and Revolution
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Wine and Revolution

Austin, Texas, United States

Austin, Texas, United States
Band Rock Punk


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The sound careens out of their instruments with a touch of garage rock-infused mistiness, but Wine and Revolution is, at its heart, a clever little pop band. In fact, the hazy tones and 1960s veneer accomplish a sound bred from the Brit-pop scene, bringing to mind the likes of English darlings, The Kinks, or more modern revivalists, The Libertines. Like those groups, the essence of the quartet’s songwriting reaches into the annals of pop vibrancy, melding clean-but-fuzzy chords with unblemished, sparking pop sensibilities. Though owing so much to the U.K. sound of decades past, Wine and Revolution, thankfully, belongs solely to Austin.

The formula is pretty simple: take four good looking guys, let them toil in a garage with some guitars for a bit, and give them a record collection from across the pond. But Wine and Revolution doesn’t just rekindle memories of
retro pop/rock, they wholly revitalize the style. The group’s style pays homage to the sound as well as forming a fresh manifestation of it. It all combines to create a quasi-hyperactive sense of pop urgency: chords bounce and jitter like a kid on a sugar bender, while vocal lines yelp in perfectly imperfect sequences. For the quartet, the result is at the same time hyper and poised; crafty while reckless.

The tracks are unpolished yet tidy gems, offering a welcome respite from overly refined indie rock contemporaries. You won’t see them laboring over Pro Tools or sound checking for an hour. Instead, the band is best served in their own rough-around-the-edges skin. For Wine and Revolution, the resulting sound isn’t careless, it’s simply carefree.

With their debut EP Edward the Magnificent, the group finally has a collection of songs to complement their highly regarded live show. Wine and Revolution is slated to make the rounds on a national tour this summer and with it the band is poised to make some noise, whether it’s in this era or another. - Elliot Cole:

"Relative newcomers WINE & REVOLUTION offer six gritty garage pop tunes by way of introduction on "EDWARD THE MAGNIFICENT". The local quartet bops and weaves in all the right places, revisiting the 1960's mod scene on "Eager to Sail" and "Coming Attraction", even as catchy as "Left Up to the Sea" tackles the modern romance of FRANZ FERDINAND." - Austin Powell





Between the popular extremes of indie music, where reverb-heavy garage rock reigns supreme at one end and electro-pop at the other, a wide void has emerged where post-punk bands like Joy Division and the Libertines used to be. Over the past year and a half, Austin’s Wine and Revolution has forged its own unique niche in the city’s indie scene by reviving the oft overlooked post-punk aesthetic.
Not to say that Wine and Revolution’s music is predictable or passé. By combining their punk foundation with elements from rockabilly, garage, and mid-60’s mod rock, Wine and Revolution adeptly evades classification as retro. What Wine and Revolution offers is music that’s as fresh as it is familiar.
Wine and Revolution was borne out of jam sessions between friends more than an organized effort to form a band. When future Wine and Revolution members Ian Graham, Robert Baldwin, John Fulcher, and Jason Sullivan were casually drawn together by their shared interests in skateboarding, punk and metal music, and various, um, “recreational activities”, none of them knew that within months they would be behind one of the most quickly emerging buzz-worthy bands in Austin.
“We just started jamming together a little over a year ago,” said Robert Baldwin, Wine and Revolution’s bassist. “We’re like this baby band, but we’ve forced ourselves to get comfortable by playing show after show after show.”
Wine and Revolution’s debut EP Edward the Magnificent definitely showcases the ease and comfort with which these musicians operate. Defined by catchy riffs, a superb attention to detail, and smart lyrics, Edward the Magnificent does not sound like the work of relative newcomers. But the maturation of their talent hasn’t been easy.
“[In the studio] we had to dissect everything,” said Baldwin. “And that’s a pretty quick way to realize what works and what doesn’t”
“Yeah, and you realize what sucks!” laughed lead singer Ian Graham. “But, maturity definitely comes with listening to your own stuff over and over again… we’re still changing even now.”
The band’s first show in Austin is equally indicative of Wine and Revolution’s fast-paced coming of age story. Opening for one of 101X’s “Homegrown Live” showcases in front of about 100 guests is a rare debut experience for an unsigned band.
“It was surprisingly good show,” admitted Graham. “All of the people there were really supportive. And we got a lot more shows from it.”
As persistent at performing as Wine and Revolution is, the band’s notoriety comes not from their mere presence, but rather from the originality of the music they create.
Graham constructs lyrics that are not only emotionally accessible, but are also acutely constructed poetic verses. Allusions and vivid imagery pervade Wine and Revolution’s work, but the literary astuteness doesn’t weigh the music down in pretensions, enigmatic meanings, or trite forced intelligence. At its heart, Edward the Magnificent is an album about free spirits growing up amidst industrial life and encountering first love, loneliness, and whimsical dreams.
What started as a musical experiment between friends who found themselves, as Baldwin recounts the story, “drunk and sick on words” at a bar together, has become one of Austin’s best kept secrets