Revolvers - "Self-titled"
Locket Love Records
The Revolvers are one of a current set of bands working hard to remove
the stigma that goes along with the word “emo."
Along with other bands like A New Found Glory, Saves The Day and
Alkaline Trio, the Revolvers make songs that are not at all bashful
about prefessing love and desire, generally unrequited. But unlike so
many sappy, tearjerking "emo" acts before them, the Revolvers show that
to have a sensitive side does not equate a lack of a spine as well.
The Revolvers do have a heartfelt, "emo" message behind many of their
songs, but the music and energy that drives those lyrics home has more
rock in it, rather than being sad and forlorn. There's little
submissiveness to the Revolvers' sound.
That little bit of editorializing out of the way, let's move on to the
CD. The Revolvers’ disc is all of the things that I mentioned above –
The tracks all have a distinct rock and roll vibe, punked-up here and
there to give it more of an edge. “Better Off Alone” has a start-off
that wouldn’t be out of place for any pogo-punk act worth its salt. The
same is true with “There’s A Heart” and the first track, “All I Want to
Know,” which does a fine job of going between the song's melodic rock
feel and the slightly punk, Face To Face-like chorus.
However, it’s when the Revolvers switch things up a bit that the disc
really grabbed my ear. There are spots in all of the songs that have a
distinct country twang to them, and they’re there just long enough to
make you say “huh?” and then they’re gone. It’s enough to hook your
attention, without breaking up the flow of the songs.
“Annie” and “New Depression” even border on being rockabilly-ish
numbers. The only thing that keeps them from going over that border is
the lack of a heavier bassline. “Not Really Blue” is a drinking and
smoking your troubles away number in the truest of Hank Williams'
style. “Standin’ Sadly” wouldn’t be out of place at a roadhouse
This creative blending of styles is rarely done so well without the
loss of a consistent identity, but the Revolvers make it look easy.
The Revolvers’ self-titled release is well worth the money. An
interesting balance of punk, rock, and country, it bears listening to
several times to catch all the nuances that reside within.
However, my final recommendation must be to see them live before
purchasing this disc – if for no other reason than to see how much
they’ve progressed since this album's release.
A live set will also help you appreciate the interplay between the
guitar and bass, which is slightly lost on the CD due to drums that are
a little hot in the mix. But most importantly, a live set will show you
first-hand the sincerity and energy of the Revolvers, who never seem to
give less than 110% to the music.