ARTIST NAME: Revolvers
SONG TITLE: True Love
RELEASE DATE: 20/02/19
GENRE: Indie Rock
James Thurling, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for London-based group Revolvers makes no secret of his passion for fusing modern guitar pop with classic rock from the ’60s and ’70s. His band’s name is a clear reference to the iconic Beatles album “Revolver”.
“We all grew up listening to our parents’ music, Bowie, Stones, Zeppelin, The Beatles. My home as a young boy was full of vinyl records and music playing all the time.” Thurling stated.
“But we also love guitar-driven pop and rock from the late ’90s to today. Our music fuses these two generations of music together. You can hear elements of The Strokes, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, and Catfish melding together with some bluesy 70’s guitar riffs”.
Revolvers was formed in 2016 and began carving out a small but growing following playing gigs in and around London.
“It’s actually incredible when you look at the venues we often play. These are places dripping with rock history. Places where Hendrix, The Stones, U2 played all those years ago. They are still very much part of the capital’s Live music circuit” said Rhys Kibble, Revolvers’ drummer. “It’s a real buzz to be stepping onto the same stage as these iconic names”.
The four-piece band play an energetic and pulsating range of entirely original material.
With the emergence of other classic rock-inspired groups such as America’s Greta Van Fleet and Australia’s Sticky Fingers, it’s quite clear that the decline of guitar-driven music is nothing more than a rumor.
Revolvers released a debut EP comprising five songs in January 2018 to extremely positive reviews from leading music industry bloggers and media.
“To be honest, we recorded our debut EP “Your Indie Heroes Will Betray You” on a shoestring budget in the recording studios of the University of West London” said Thurling. “We weren’t really expecting anything so it was really satisfying to get so much positive buzz from that first-up effort”.
The “Indie Heroes” EP presents a more indie pop/rock sound than the band’s recent work which leans towards a heavier rock sound while still retaining the infectious melodies and lyrics of the debut.
Encouraged by the success “Indie Heroes”, Revolvers went back into the studio in June 2018 to record four new songs.
“We investigated several London studios but settled on Kore Studios working with producer George Apsion,” said Kibble
“George has worked with many fantastic artists including White Lies and Sundara Karma so we were excited to develop our songs in the studio with his experienced ear”.
The result of the band’s work at Kore are four new songs to be released during 2019. Each song is quite different from the other but retain Revolvers laser-like commentary on matters of youth culture, politics, and art.
The heavier groove coupled with often soaring and anthemic choruses create an entirely original yet accessible sound.
“The first single, “True Love” is a bittersweet love song with an outro full of hope that we know will be a huge favorite with our fans.” Said Thurling.
Revolvers are definitely a band to look out for over the next year.
Name the artists that have influenced you so far.
Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, Oasis, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Led Zeppelin, Catfish, and the Bottlemen, The Black Keys, The Stone Roses, The Rolling Stones + more.
Mention the name of the artist you can regard as the “Greatest Of All Time”.
James mainly writes the songs as demos then sends them to the rest of the band for thoughts and opinions.
Then it’s up to us to come together and work out the songs in our style.
Sometimes they change a lot, sometimes they barely change but it’s a system that’s worked out since day 1.
Elaborate on this song.
It’s about accepting change and moving on from stages in your life that later on you long for or look back at with sentiment.
It’s a song about life, not really about love – but true love to me means something different than your stereotypical version of ‘true love.’
It’s a personal song but hopefully, anyone else can relate to it, I’m sure they will.
Rate the social media and tell us the platform that works best for you in promoting your music.
Instagram is the way to go. Give people more and they will indulge.
Audio/visual stuff really leaves people with good impressions and marketing and PR is so important these days on social media for bands.
We don’t want to give too much away but if you want a good promotion, you need a good promo plan in place – run your band like a business!
State the areas that need improvement in the music industry.
Like any industry, the music industry runs on money and is so cutthroat. It’s really brutal.
But what is there to improve?
Businesses need money and it stimulates economies around the world.
People aren’t interested in guitar music anymore, it’s suffering.
We don’t believe it’s dead but we believe it’s a state especially indie music in the UK. It can improve by signing talent over appeal. – Songs over streaming figures and creativity over social media numbers.
It’s not up to us; it’s up to those in the industry to improve it.
Tell us how you prepare yourself for a live performance or show.
We take gigs very seriously and there’s no goofing about till after the performance.
We have tights sets with transitions from song to song all planned out.
Even what we say on stage is planned out. It’s so important to do well on stage cos anyone could be in the crowd and first impressions are lasting impressions.
We also have a fun time and like to tear it up on a couple of tunes we do.
Tell us your opinion on frequent releasing of singles or just an album in a while.
Singles are good to gain attention for each individual song.
Albums are if you want to dive deeper into the artist’s music.
It really depends on what genre it is!
Pop usually has a culture of single after single whereas Rock is heavily album orientated.
Mention the name of the artist you will be glad to see the live performance.
Radiohead or Arcade Fire.
Tell us the theme of most of your songs.
Life, culture, love, politics, social issues… We cover a lot of stuff. Moving on is a continuous theme of our music.
Discuss your recording.
We recorded True Love as well as the other three songs (to be released at different points this year) at Kore Studios in Acton, West London in June 2018.
George Apsion (Sundara Karma, White Lies) produced these tracks. We were in Kore for 4 days and did all the songs in this time-frame.
It was exciting and loads of fun. George was a great producer and really helped us out with the production of these songs. Some parts were changed more than others. We were in the studio from early till late every day working hard on the music to make sure we came out with a great result, and we did.
Tell us how boring or exciting the music career can be.
Mostly it’s neither, it’s hard work and a lot of stress. But we do it out of love for the music and our band.
We’ve gigged an awful lot and done almost every venue an unsigned band in London would want to play at, you name it we’ve been there.
Gigging is lots of fun but after a while, it becomes routine and unpredictable.
Some gigs can be better than others due to lots of factors. At the moment it’s sort of exciting and stressful as we’re doing a lot of work every day in preparation for the release of the new music and it won’t stop for a while.
Hard work pays off and we just want to see the songs go to their full potential as we have a lot of faith in our work and the music. No pain no gain!
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
Revolvers – we’re named after the 1966 Beatles album ‘Revolver’. It’s an homage to the greatest band of all time. We’re massive Beatles fans, especially James and Rhys.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
True Love – I don’t want to give too much away, it’s really about those moments in life you have with certain people that you just never forget.
Things you reminisce about when you’re older and long to go back to.
It’s also about moving on and accepting change, living life to the fullest.
It’s more about that than love or finding romance but True Love can be interpreted as loving yourself first and accepting yourself for who you are.