Itâ€™s rare that we get to promote seasoned musicians who have a pristine, new project. Thus is the case with The Revisionists â€“ a Los Angeles headquartered trio that is a mix of pop and Hollywoodâ€™s past and present.
Sam Jones, acclaimed director of the Wilco Documentary I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, found himself in a glorious accident with two of his friends with which heâ€™d never formed a band. Dan Lavery and Kevin Shepard originated in the band Tonic in the 1990s, which produced so many hit songs that even those who are just a half-generation behind the times still know their choruses (â€œIf You Could Only Seeâ€ and â€œOpen Up Your Eyesâ€ anyone?). After years of awards and Grammy nominations, the three were in Dan Laveryâ€™s studio together only a year or so ago.
Having played in several bands, toured the world several times, and collectively sold several millions of records, the trio discovered mutual influences in The Clash, The Jam, David Foster Wallace and others that shaped them as musicians. â€œWe were immediately a band, and we had a purpose,â€ says Jones. Once wheels were set in motion, The Revisionists got together weekly, playing at high volume until songs started taking shape. Decisions were made quickly and instinctively, preserving the first take whenever possible.
The result is songs that are at once wary and hopeful and a sound thatâ€™s live, audacious and pure. Reflecting the membersâ€™ heightened awareness of the music industry and the media that surrounds it, The Revisionistsâ€™ music displays a hearty resilience coupled with strong pop sensibilities â€“ an unadulterated, uninhibited musical experimentation that recalls punk-rock bravado with social commentary to spare.
â€œOur music is influenced by our disgust with what our media has become and how so many of us lap it up without forming our own opinionsâ€¦the feeling of throwing down your hat and saying, â€˜canâ€™t we do any better than that?â€™â€, says Jones. His rustic, rebellious vocals and lyrics put ironic icing on the cake. â€œOur name conjures the contradictions and duplicity of any famous or infamous entity,â€ he says. â€œThe Revisionists is a name that acknowledges you can rewrite history however it suits you best in the moment.â€
Unfiltered and unrestrained, this self-titled debut is the pinnacle of â€œless is more.â€ The Revisionists packed the album with all the punk-gusto you can muster with only the appropriately bare essentials. Living up to their name, The Revisionists will change how you hear music.