Thomas Alpin & The Thief + Revere
Fri 3 April 2009 // 20:00
(Fri 3rd / 8pm / £8 advance)
Thomas Aplin is the son of a preacher man who learnt his trade playing for noodles and absinthe at Bristol's Mr Wolfs. After a year sitting on the sambuca sodden bar playing without microphone he took the advice of Bristol Songstress Beth Rowley and headed down to Brighton where he was tutored in singing by one of James Browns' God daughters. It was in Brighton where he first heard the musicians that would be strong influences in his early recordings, artists like Elliott Smith, Woody Guthrie, Rev Gary Davis and Rufus Wainwright.
He then returned to Bristol and took a practise room above the Old Duke pub on Kings Street. His first E.P. 'Fire Watching and Other Tales of Island
Insecurity' was released on Move Closer To The Well records, and gained widespread praise from fans and press, including a nod from ex Massive Attack keyboardist Dave Jenkins, who took Harmonium duties on the regret soaked ballad 'Memorium' for no fee.
Hailed as a cider drinking Jeff Buckley meets a cigarette smoking Thom Yorke, Thomas plays with the same group of musicians he has done for years. New E.P. 'Most Planes Land' has been pencilled in for a summer 2009 release.
Incorporating violin, cello, keys, trumpet and harp into a three guitar-led sound, Revere touch on numerous musical reference points and combine elements of gypsy marches, klezmer, post rock, film scores and gospel into a truly unique sound.
Live, Revere play with an unparalleled intensity, working songs from music-box soft openings into relentless walls of sound shot through with a show-stopping falsetto.
"An extraordinary widescreen technicolor epic of a song...a stunning single by a stunning band..." Tom Robinson, BBC6
"Revere are a band who provide almost the perfect soundtrack. This eight piece London outfit manage to go from strength to strength with each and every release" UK Music Review