The Revival at NXNE

TheRevival-NXNE-2I was sad (very sad) to miss Winnipeg-based foursome The Revival during Canadian Music Week in March. However, I was happy (very, very happy) to catch their Thursday-night performance at the Rivoli in Toronto for the North by Northeast festival.

The Revival pairs strong, heavy bass lines, smashing symbols, ripping guitar riffs, and vocals that are both smooth and rough at the very same time.

TheRevival-NXNE-3Overall, their sound is fun – oftentimes, an upbeat, danceable tempo takes over, with loud guitars, thumping drums, quick baselines, and deep, rock-edged vocals that would make Dave Grohl proud.

However, they’re also able to slow it down, dropping into a smooth, mellow track, which they dedicated to their drummer, who had passed away not long ago.

Then, to make their performance a trifecta, they drop into a mellow, reggae-induced track, called ‘Stuck In My Head’. It’s calming, warm, and will make you smile.

On stage, the band is comfortable. They’re completely involved: taking turns talking to the audience, jumping around the stage, and interacting with each other. They were clearly enjoying themselves, and that enjoyment was transferred to the crowd, which was dancing, and clapping, and singing along.

For more on The Revival, visit their Facebook and Bandcamp pages. And be sure to check out their video for ‘Shake This’.

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