TPR Featured Band: rev rev rev

Written By: Chris Parsons

 rev rev rev is a psychedelic, alternative shoegaze band emerging from Modena, Italy. Having just formed in the summer of 2011, the four-piece has since generated a lot of buzz with their first EP put out a year later, this past September 2012, titled “hypnagogic visions.” Hypnagogic visions is a term used for the hallucinations one may experience while transitioning from a conscious-state into sleep, which serves as a sort of metaphor for rev rev rev‘s heavy wall-of-sound that is instantly captivating. An extra treat about this band is that they’ve released their EP via Bandcamp.com at “Name Your Price,” so they certainly aren’t stingy, in fact, they are a rather generous bunch.

The band’s new EP kicks off with loud and distorted guitar fuzz on “Silent Siren,” with an extra punch supplied by the bass; these guys mean business: loud from the first second and dialed into a warm, almost tape-like, fuzz that tickles the ears. The drums keep the energy constant with a relentless drive and focus, somehow wholly conscious of his role in the chaos of intersecting and reverberating sounds. Keeping the energy in top gear, on “Red in blue” rev rev rev incorporate a very psychedelic effect of distorted pitch sliding and bending on guitar(s) that sounds almost like hearing a band saw from a distance, maybe way in the back of tunnel or cave with echoes that are thick and larger-than-life.

Halfway through the extended play, “Break the waves” sounds similar to The Vaselines‘ writing style, especially if you multiplied the duo’s sound two- or threefold to match the energy of rev rev rev. On this track there is a foundation of heady fuzz, as the male vocalist pokes trough with a sing-song melody, giving the verses a sort of cute, yet grungy, garage sound which explodes with overdriven guitars by the time the chorus arrives, updating the early psych pop sound. “Brown hat” opens up with the same subtle, white noise aesthetic that has been present on the rest of the EP, with the vocalist crooning a soft, yet distorted lullaby weaving in and out of the garage noise rock. At the chorus, the guitars drop out for the first time ever on this 5-track. This seemingly thin sound is supplemented by bass and drums, locking into a sick groove with a catchy, descending keyboard riff as the vocals are rapped over top, the lyrics sounding a little clearer for a moment, at least until the return of the fuzz as rev rev rev bring it on home.

On the closing track, “Jaime,” a solid drum beat and super-crunchy distorted lead guitar introduce a more open sound, giving room for the vocals to be heard more clearly than was possible on their other noisier jams. Despite being an Italian band, they are English speaking and, on this song in particular, the male vocalist seems to sing in an aesthetic similar to U.S. south and east coast heavy psych rock bands, a deep tenor crooning with vibrato. The guitar crunch is constant throughout this final track, taking the place of the by now commonplace wall-of-sound fuzz, as rev rev rev seeks to reinvent the energy of psychedelic garage rock in its heyday.

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