ARCHIVE: Revelino – Tune In To the Following Broadcast.

Olivia Fox spoke to Bren and Brendan of Revelino on the eve of the release of Broadcaster.

Revelino follow up their eponymously titled debut album with “Broadcaster” which is now available in a record store near you. “Broadcaster “was due for release in early spring, but delays were inevitable given the problems of constructing a 16-track recording studio while recording a new album! The album is, according to themselves, not an album of messages.

“We don’t issue any manifestos, but if people want to find them that’s all right with us.”

They describe it as more melodic and a little lighter than their debut. They ascribe the darkness of “Revelino” to the fact that it was recorded in just eight days and mixed in one night.

“It was 6 o clock in the morning, the sun was coming up and we were trying to decide the volume of the songs. It was like a trip.”

“Broadcaster”, on the other hand, took two weeks to mix with the help of Pat Collier of Primal Scream and The Wonderstuff mixing fame. They originally recorded about 30 songs, which was gradually cut down to the 12 which are on the final version of the album.

“The 12 songs we picked are not necessarily the best, but they fit together really well. We didn’t want to release an album where all the songs were similar.”

Some of the other songs have already been used as B-sides on their current single “Step on High. “The remainder” “will be used on future singles or the next album.

 revelino - band picture

The band were disappointed about the late release of the album but from a marketing aspect it worked out just fine. “Broadcaster” will be released simultaneously in England and Ireland unlike “Revelino”.

“The problem with the late release of “Revelino “in England” “was that we had to play very different live sets. In Dublin we played loads of new songs which we thought sounded really fresh, but we couldn’t play them in England as we had to concentrate on promoting “Revelino.”. This time we will be promoting the album at the same time everywhere. This means we can go straight into the studio and record any new stuff when we finish this tour.”

Revelino fans will be happy to note that the lads intend making up for the late release of “Broadcaster” by quickly following it up with another new album. The band are optimistic about the Irish music scene into which they are releasing their new album. The Irish scene is better now that it ever was.

“There was a gap after A-House left the scene, but now there has been a resurgence of bands – The Mexican Pets and Whipping boy”

Revelino spent a busy Summer gigging extensively. The organisers of the Phoenix Festival were so impressed with their sound that they asked them to play two gigs. The lads, however, were more interested in the celebrity five-a-side soccer tournament. They made their country proud as they got to the finals, beating Massive Attack, Dodgy and a group of Virgin DJs along the way! Their more recent footballing exploits have been less successful, with Bren injuring himself playing in Ballymun. Mick McCarthy might be interested to know that he will be back playing in a couple of weeks.

This overgrown boy band are not planning on doing a Bee Gees cover à la Boyzone. Lead singer, Brendan doesn’t think that its worth selling out for a £1m. Bren wasn’t quite so hasty; “The Bee Gees did have a few good songs. An ABBA cover, that’d be worth a thought.”

by Olivia Fox. for Sorted MagAZine

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