Revolver to start the week. One of the short-lived, overlooked and underrated bands of the early 90s. Fighting to stop from being tagged Shoegaze, but nevertheless an influential element in the guitar-band movement, and one of the bands closely associated with Chapterhouse, Blur, Slowdive and Teenage Fanclub.
Only together four years, (from 1990-1994), they put out two albums, released five singles/eps and were popular with U.S. College FM stations.
One of the things that has always been difficult with media, is the necessity to assign a label whether it fits or not; but to assign a label for purposes of identification, running the risk of pigeon-holing.
Listening to this session, the only one done for John Peel, from September 12, 1991, you don’t get the impression they were a true Shoegaze band or even a passing Shoegaze band. Rather, they were part of the changing face of Indie in the early 90s that encompassed a lot of styles and genres, mostly taking 60s Psychedelia as a stepping-off point. They steered away from Synthesizers and stuck with guitars as the primary musical source along the lines of Ride, even though they considered themselves a band with strong melodies and guitar lines, and not to be compared to them. It was natural for the Press to be quick to tag them as Shoegaze, because of the tendency to lump artists into one camp or the other – with no variables or nuances to separate them.
But all of this is some 23 years since their breakup. Enough time for people to forget or to never have encountered them in the first place. This session provides a vivid example of what Revolver were all about and why the 90s continue to be a source of interest and often, amazement.
Crank it up and check Monday off.