Local rockers bring
good music home
By Alex Pietrzak
ROCKS ON. In between jam sessions, the guys of Revlover pose for a
Fans of live rock
music are in for a treat Thursday night. London-based rock band Revlover,
along with Starlight District and Spare, will play Call the Office in
the second annual "Benefit for our Brothers."
The charity show, whose proceeds will go to the Fauna Foundation and the
Jane Goodall Institute, will give people the opportunity to check out
one of London's most exciting rock bands.
Revlover was formed when friends Mike Lange (guitar/vocals) and bassist
Ryan Ferguson were introduced to drummer Jay Bartlett by a mutual friend.
On impulse, the three decided to jam together, and, according to Lange,
"We just clicked right away."
The band attributes the success they've had so far to the great chemistry
that exists between the three members. Their cohesion as a group has enabled
them to experiment with their sound, and find their own voice.
"It's something different than what's out there," Bartlett says,
when describing the band's appeal.
"We have so many musical influences, that we've been able to create
our own unique sound," Ferguson adds.
Those influences range from Verbena and Foo Fighters to the Beatles. The
band has been able to fuse these styles into a tight and explosive sound
that delivers a memorable performance.
After seven years of playing together, the band is looking to expand their
fanbase even further.
"We'd like to be at the point where we can make a living from it,"
The band is encouraged by the recent trend towards rock music on the popular
scene. Ferguson hopes this might make more people willing to check out
Revlover's brand of rock.
"The fact that more rock music is being played could make people
more interested in good live rock bands," he enthuses.
All of the band members agree that it is a love for creating music that
has really kept them going thus far. For Ferguson, it's "the hope
that you can create something different and new."
Fans of Revlover recognize this passion for music, and it translates into
their pure, almost aggressive, music. It's a welcome change from what
Bartlett calls the "processed pop-rock" that often dominates
"I think people are sick of one band coming up with a sound, then
hearing five more bands imitate it," Bartlett continues.
Revlover's commitment to creating honest music definitely comes through
in their live shows. "We play with a lot of passion," Lange
says. "We don't just stand around looking bored."
In addition to the raw guitars, pounding bass and ferocious drums, the
band has been known to smash its equipment onstage. So, will they be smashing
any of their equipment at Thursday's show?
"I can't tell you," Lange says. "You'll just have to come
Revlover plays at Call the Office Thursday night, with Spare and Starlight
District. Tickets are $5 at the door, with all proceeds going to charity,
and doors open at 9 p.m..