Featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist, Revolvers unleash their new sound.
A year on from their first debut EP ‘Your Indie Heroes Will Betray You’, Revolvers have returned with a sound fresher than ever in ‘True Love’. So fresh in fact that Spotify added them to this months Fresh Finds and Fresh Finds (Six Strings) playlist. Now working with producer George Apsion who’s successfuly worked with the likes of White Lies and Sundara Karma, the band are ready to release even more into the stratosphere.
We sat down with the band to get to know their story and inspirations.
Welcome guys, it’s great to meet you! Could you tell us a bit about yourselves and how you all met?
We’re an indie rock band from London, England that originally formed in October 2016 at The University of West London by lead singer and guitarist James Thurling. Thurling met drummer Rhys Kibble in March 2017. Eventually Will Oliver (also from the university) came on board as rhythm guitarist in May and Steven Morrison our new bassist joined the band as recently as last month (February 2019). We all come from different parts of the UK and walks of life but are all lovers of music, especially rock particularly classic rock of the 60’s and 70’s and modern indie rock. Music has always been a big part of our lives (as well as football).
Your new single ‘True Love’ has definitely caught some attention, what’s the story behind it?
Thurling wrote the riff for True Love a few years ago just before finishing college. He later found the rough demo of the track at some point in summer 2017 and recorded the first full length demo of the song with vocals and shared it with the boys. Initially the song was way too long so we all worked on shortening it and re-arranging it. It became ‘True Love’ eventually. The song is about accepting change, moving on and embracing life – living it to the fullest kind of thing. James dedicated it to the people he went to school with especially his close friends. In reality it’s actually not a love song at all but there are hints of romance in there. In essence it’s about living your life and appreciating the past and how it’s changed you. It was recorded and produced at Kore Studios last year.
Who are the biggest inspirations for you guys as a band?
The Beatles are our biggest inspiration no doubt. Rhys and James adore Lennon-McCartney’s songwriting. Will is a big Harrison fan. The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Queen, The Who, The Clash, The Sex Pistols and so on are some other big influences from that time as well. We’re also really into modern indie rock bands such as The Arctic Monkeys who have all influenced us very much since childhood. The Strokes, Queens of The Stone Age, The White Stripes, The Vines, Highly Suspect, Kings of Leon, Oasis, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Foals, Radiohead, The Courteeners, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Black Keys and Sticky Fingers are bands we’re also very big on. Guitar driven rock and roll in a sense is our thing. The list could go on!
Where did you get the inspiration for the ‘True Love’ music video?
The idea was quite rushed as we were quickly trying to get a music video out in time for the 20th of February which was the target date for release but in the end we’re immensely proud of the outcome. We teamed up with Bradley Davies whose a young up and coming film director and gave him our ideas and what we wanted to convey on screen. He went away and came back with the storyline for True Love and we loved it. We shot the whole video on one day around Chiswick and what was shot is what you see today. It’s open to interpretation what the music video means and we don’t want to give too much away but it links into the meaning of the song which is accepting change and moving on. It’s up to you to decide what it means! Ed and Matilde the two main characters in the video did an amazing job. We shot a bit of the video at the pub James works at, The Crown & Anchor!
You released your debut EP ‘Your Indie Heroes Will Betray You’ in 2018, how do you think you’ve grown as a band since then?
We’ve grown a lot and learned from the experiences since then. Our first EP was good and we’re proud of it but it lacked a sound that identified Revolvers as a band. If anything it shows our earlier sound which kind of leant towards indie pop. I think now we’ve discovered what we are and it’s this hybrid of classic rock and modern indie rock. We’ve also found our image and have all become closer since Indie Heroes came out. It’s the sound of a band trying to discover who they are. We still love Fever and will being that track out at certain gigs.
What have been some of your biggest surprises since your latest release?
The fact Spotify put us on two of their playlists one of which has over 650,000 followers! That was shocking we couldn’t believe it. We’re also very happy with how well the music video has done and the response both the track and video are getting from our fans and people in the industry too, the blogs reviews are very flattering. Every week there’s some exciting going on for us so we’re keen to see what other surprises come our way.
Can we expect more music soon? And can you give a glimpse into what it will be like?
Absolutely. The next single will be out quite soon so keep your eyes peeled. Let’s just say it’s a real ripper.
Living in London, how do you find the music scene for rising bands such as yourselves?
Hit and miss. London and Manchester to us are the two major music cities left in the UK. London can be a cruel place sometimes especially for bands and musicians as the industry is so harsh, there are lots of people out there looking to sway young aspiring artists into the wrong directions and we’ve come across them personally many a time. But as London is our hometown we’ve got a fairly good knowledge of how it works here being in a band and there’s so many exciting things going on for musicians. It’s interesting to see so many bands we gig with and find out how many of them come from different towns like us but we’re all down here for the opportunity that London offers. It’s a great city and we’re lucky to be sharing our music here. You’ve got to be thick skinned to live and work down here as a musician but if you play your cards right you’re sorted. You just got to go our there and showcase yourself, be confident, be you and play music you love.
In a simple statement, how would you describe your sound?
Modern indie rock shakes hands with the 60’s and 70’s.
Can listeners catch you live this year?
Yes! We’re headlining the Road Trip & Workshop in Shoreditch, Saturday the 9th of March. We’re being supported by our buddies Burnt Tongues who are also a West London uni band as well as The Strange and The Elephantry. We can’t wait, it’s a great little venue that we’ve played before so get down this Saturday for some great live music. More gigs TBA so follow our social media accounts to stay tuned.