This Revisor disc, entitled, From Now On, isn't what I was expecting. I get about three to four discs a week in the post, sometimes more and I really try my best to listen to as many of them as possible. But I'll tell you straight, most of the stuff I get sucks. So because of the realities involved with being in the position to pass judgment on a band, I will only write a review when the music engages me. I am of the opinion that it's not necessary to write bad reviews of bands that I am not that familiar with; no review will do in that case.
So I received a bunch of stuff from Revisor's manager, both old and new. Some cds were released under the band's former moniker, Metagroove. And after listening to that stuff, and then listening to this new Revisor album, it seems as if there have been quite a few screws tightened, maybe even a soul sold to a certain neighbor to the south. To be truthful, I am not sure what it is. And who cares, really? This is where we are now. And perhaps, from now on.
What's interesting to me is that the tracks contained on this album sound like the type of music I might label as "Psychedelic Pop." Having said that, though, there is only one problem with that in my mind: This band has a boatload of balls and they aren't afraid to show them off. So if I am going to come up with a label, or a brand, or a box, I am going to do what Dan Bern suggests and make it a big box. "Pop" is a bit too limp for these guys. Let's just call it worth listening to.
The tracks on From Now On have a nice flow, as a good studio album should. Each are heavily laden with brilliant bursts of prog-rock colors and textures, which never settle in one spot for too long without jumping off to another perch. The long and the short of it is, you can throw this album on at a bar or a party where people are chattering away, never minding the world outside their set, and you will see them begin to react to this music as it infiltrates their mind, whether they realize it or not. Heads will start rocking, feet will tap ferociously, air guitars will pop out of nowhere.
The musical expressions contained on this round piece of plastic have the breadth and weight to transform any open space where people are trying to cut loose into a throw-down. It is here where the aforementioned balls begin to swing.
One thing that will jump out at you right away is the lead vocal. It is kind of eerie in that our man here has a polished voice with real presence and that's something we don't get much of in this scene. I would bet that if you were to take away the studio wizardry and vocal effects, this aspect of the music would still stand strong on its own footing. And that's not to say the rest would fall flat, but we are talking about a very electric band here in the amplifier, effects pedals sense or the word electric. This singer's voice threads the grooves to the point of adding his own vocal instrumentation, descending with and when the music takes its tonal dives, and then screaming skyward, almost pulling the band along by way of its gravity.
Whatever it is about this disc, I like it. It's a true studio effort with lots for your ears and mind to play with. I think it's great to hear an album and like it on the first listen. I don't know the history of music well enough to draw any quick comparisons, and maybe that's what's best. This proves that there is still great music in our very own scene that I have never heard and that's a great thought.
So who else is out there? And what's your name?
Note: Revisor will travel to Europe during the month of March. Check them out here or at their own site: www.revisormusic.com
Words by: Craig Judkins
Photos by: Amy Tucker
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