Friday, 4 December 2015

Feature: The Revolutionary Spirit (04/12/15)

North Wales based four-piece band, The Revolutionary Spirit, formed in 2009 by vocalist / guitarist Josh Page and guitarist James Tindle. The pair spent a year writing and recording demo songs before recruiting James' brother Jared on bass guitar. The next couple of years saw various drummers come and go whilst playing live shows, self-released demos were released during this time as well as relating a one off single. The songs received repeated airplay on BBC Wales and led to the band recording a session with them in 2012. Shortly after, they found a permanent drummer in Greg Mitchell, with the line up solidified, the next year saw many gigs in and around the North West, Wales and London. Now in 2015, they've recorded a full length album, released a single on 7 inch vinyl, a short tour and now a four track EP entitled 'Barrowmore'... 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
At an early age, whether it had been from our parents record collections, tapes in the car, radio stations hit, Top Of The Pops. To even choosing Jukebox tunes drinking with our mates, it's influenced us to pick up instruments to make music. 

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen?
We've all had great experiences, a special show was Sixto Rodriquez in Liverpool Philharmonic, shivers running through your spine as he played each song. 

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
Song Of Innocence - David Axelrod
Feats Don't Fail Me Now - Little Feat
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 - Black Sabbath
Rock Of Ages - The Band
believe i'm goin down - Kurt Vile
Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys - Traffic

3 Qs for The Revolutionary Spirit:

1. How / why did your name 'The Revolutionary Spirit' come about?
It came from a MOJO Magazine mixtape CD, which is a song by The Wild Swans. We thought it was a unique name and stuck with it. Viva The Revolutionary Spirit. 

2. Is your usual songwriting process a collective effort or do you have individual roles within the band?
The writing process usually starts with a single idea form one of us, a guitar part, a baseline, organ. Then the song is written as a band from that point on so on the whole it's a collaborative effort. Although we're always open to new ways of writing songs. 

3. What is your favourite track from your EP 'Barrowmore' and why does it stand out to you?
We like them all but if we had to pick on it'd have to be 'Losing My Mind'. The space in the music compliments the song's lyrics and vocal melody. 

Random Q:

Ideal Friday night?
What comes before Part B?

'Losing My Mind' Review:
This is the lead single taken from The Revolutionary Spirit's EP 'Barrowmore' and it captures their sound perfectly. Wonderful instrumentation, with the gritty but groovy guitar and bass running alongside a steady drum beat. Vocally strong and lyrically honest and emotive, whilst managing to keep the energy in the track. If you like this track, you're bound to love the rest of the EP too. 

The Revolutionary Spirit's Links:
'Barrowmore EP' (Bandcamp):

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