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Monday, March 16, 2009

Good New Band Alert: Tent Revival

Last month I received a six-song demo by the South Carolina five-piece Tent Revival, and I continue to be incredibly impressed with what I've heard. Comprised of former members of I-Nine, a once promising band that experienced a major label nightmare among the worst I've ever heard, and Owen Beverly, the Mississippi based singer who has gone through his own major-label purgatory, the band is just beginning to tour down south.

Their material is intense - a twisted sort of folk/rock that is passionate with an apocalyptic edge. There is nothing casual about their attack. But even in their first demos, they have carved out their own sound and identity; uniquely southern in the old Gothic sense. It burns, howls and rocks and resonates with an unapologetically eclectic edge - there aren't many (if any) bands that bring to mind Faulkner and Hendrix (the bassline is straight out of "Hey Joe") in the same song. And with the accrued wisdom of their experience, I can't wait to see how they grow, and what they come up with next. This is powerful stuff.

Download: "Lake Of Fire"


Anonymous said...

sick vocals.

Anonymous said...

this music is badass!!!!

Anonymous said...

awesome song, one of those to get stuck in your head

Anonymous said...

this is so good. The bassline is maybe a little TOO much like Hey Joe but hey what the hell... that song dont get ripped off enough.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering what had happened to those guys from Inine. This is much better! Kinda' gets you in the pit of your stomach, some of this new stuff.

Anonymous said...

They just owned the Pour House here in Charleston...

I haven't been moved by music in a while - these guys gave me great hope!!

Except, the free CD they gave me for signing up for their mailing list didn't work (was corrupted).

ARRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH,, yeah, it was free.. But I was so STOKED TO LISTEN,, then let down big.

I have no doubt that these guys are headed for great things.. Totally unselfish musicians dedicated to song and live energy, and wonderful songwriting. Owen is one of those lead singers bands dream of finding.

Anonymous said...

I caught these guys back in April in a small bar/restraunt in Milledgeville Georga opening for another Alt-Country band. I was blown away in every way, form and fashion. It is rare that you find songwriting this powerful. I eventually purchased the lead singer's solo album and was even more moved. I certainly hope these guys achieve the mass-audience that they so deserve.

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