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 60’s and 70’s. His band’s name is a clear reference to the iconic Beatles album “Revolver”
“We all grew up listening to our parents’s 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 90’s 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 rumour. 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 of “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 creates 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 favourite with our fans.” Said Thurling. “We are currently producing a promotional video to go with the song when it is released towards the end of February” Revolvers are definitely a band to look out for over the next year. You can hear them on all popular music platforms including iTunes and Spotify.