Everyone has that one band. When you see them perform, they never cease to amaze you. As you see the smoke fuse out during their arrival and as fluorescent colors from the stage lights rise from the floor, you begin to think this is all just a rock n’ roll dream. Whether it’s Phish, Dave Matthews, Paramore, Umphrey’s McGee, hell, even Justin Bieber (no judgment here…you do you, man), we all know that feeling. Their songs never get tired, and each new release is like a personal gift wrapped to perfection, ribbons and all. The Revivalists are my version of that band.
The Revivalists are a seven-piece band from New Orleans jamming out rock n’ roll infused with some funk and jazz sounds. You can imagine my excitement when I received a phone call from my editor explaining that I got the interview and I needed to leave for the show ASAP! I hit the road for the SoConFest at Mercer University, and I was welcomed by the band’s down-to-Earth attitudes and clear passion for making music. The Revivalists consist of Ed Williams on pedal-steel guitar, David Shaw on vocals, Zack Fienberg on guitar, Rob Ingraham on sax, George Gekas on bass, Andrew Campanelli on drums, and Michael Giradot on keys and trumpet. At the show, each instrument performed a stellar solo that really showed how talented each member was. Between the smooth sounds of the pedal-steel and the funk-infused vocals and sax made for nothing short of a dance-filled night. Make sure to catch these guys while they’re touring up and down the East Coast for the next few months, and I promise you will be glad you did! Check out my interview with them here and give their new album City of Sound a listen to find out why they rock this beautiful world!
Good Night Magazine: How did you guys come up with your name? I know ‘revival’ has some religious connotations to it. Was that on purpose?
The Revivalists: That wasn’t intentional. We were watching 60 Minutes and there was this segment on Bruce Springsteen that described his concerts as having a “revivalist fervor.” Musical “revival” is seen a lot in New Orleans and with older styles of music.
GNM: Yeah, I saw you guys were from New Orleans. How does that influence your style?
REV: We kind of moved out there for college and we appreciate old rock, but the New Orleans funk and jazz scenes really opened our eyes to that kind of flavor of music. I think we’re a rock band but we do have a hidden New Orleans rhythm thing goin’ on. There’s not much you can do about avoiding it when you’re down there. We grew up listening to New Orleans bands in college and it gets in the way you play when you hear it. There’s music everywhere in town.
GNM: That’s awesome. One of my favorite songs by you guys is “Soul Fight”; I was wondering what made you want to write that song?
REV: Dave wrote it and can answer that one for you.
Dave: Yeah I was going through a lot of stuff. I was 22. It was actually the first song I ever finished. You know, it has a lot of meaning. It was all about these things in my life — issues, drugs — that were all colliding at the same time. The song’s mainly dealing with when you think you have something inside of you that is inherently good and what you’re showing to the outside world isn’t necessarily that…so “Soul Fight” is that, that fight that’s inside of you.
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September 26th, 2014
Our own David Shaw will be making a very special acoustic appearance before Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers take the stage at Tipitina’s in New Orleans on 10/02. Hope to see you out there early!
Tickets are on sale now at Tipitinas.com
September 25th, 2014
Shari Hartmann, JamsPlus.com
The Revivalists then turned up the heat on an already steamy evening. Bounding on stage, David Shaw yelling “Mobile! You ready to get down!” Their near two hour set was pure energy from start to finish. Opening with “Chase’s House” they had fans dancing immediately as Shaw covered the stage, moving from one corner to the next, leaning out over the crowd, one leg propped on the speakers. But he wasted no time jumping down, greeting the devotees in the front row. Shaw’s dynamic presence, coupled with his powerful, soulful vocals, gets the party rocking and the hearts thumping!
But it’s not just Shaw. The entire band commands the stage with potently engaging energy. Pedal steel guitarist Ed Williams is sitting, he’s standing, wait… he’s kneeling… ON the guitar as he leans it forward! You are sure he’s going to topple over any second, yet he remains in full control of his playing. Michael Girardot’s, who’s keys are set up behind guitarist Zach Feinberg and Rob Ingraham on sax, runs out to the front of the stage and jumps on a speaker. You’d think it was all a gimmick, but it’s not. Yes, it’s a masterful stage presence, but it also seems to come naturally. These guys are truly having great time and want their fans to be as excited as they are. On this night there was no doubting the crowd’s exuberance or band’s honest vitality.
But all that energy can come to naught if the music isn’t there… And here is where the band’s authenticity makes it all come together. The band seemed more at home on stage than I have ever seen them and that seemed to translate into their music as well. They sounded tighter, more in tune with each other, and more at ease in their solos and jams than I have heard them in the few years I’ve been following them. They flowed seamlessly from “Concrete” to “Not Turn Away” to “Sunny Days” with the precision of the seasoned performers they have become. Zach Feinberg offered up robust, roaring guitar solos in “Concrete” as did Ed Williams’ stingingly unique pedal steel in the “Shake jam” and Rob Ingraham’s seductive sax in “Sunny Days.” Bassist George Gekas and drummer Andrew Campanelli held it all together throughout the night, demonstrating precisely powerful chops, especially during the fabulously funky “When I’m Able”> “Sexy M.F”.
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September 25th, 2014
By Jason Gilmer For the Herald-Journal
There’s no need to listen closely to find The Revivalists’ New Orleans roots. It’s front and center on some songs.
“We try to keep it real as much as possible,” singer Dave Shaw said. “We try to play what we feel, and New Orleans music gets into your soul. We don’t really try, it just happens that way.
“It just feels good. When you’ve been introduced to something that makes you feel good, you just want to play that.”
The Revivalists and The Black Cadillacs play at 10 p.m. Thursday at Asheville Music Hall in Asheville, N.C.
Shaw, Zack Feinberg (guitar), George Gekas (bass), Ed Williams (pedal steel guitar), Rob Ingraham (saxophone), Andrew Campanelli (drums) and Michael Girardot (keyboards, trumpet) have been playing together since 2007.
Two years ago, they self-released “City of Sound,” and it didn’t take long for a label to find them.
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September 19th, 2014
We are stoked to announce that we’ll be ringing in the New Year at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA. Joining us will be AJ Ghent and Larkin Poe. Tickets are on sale now at GeorgiaTheatre.com.
September 18th, 2014
Magic happens in the Big Easy. Just ask David Shaw, vocalist for The Revivalists.
He’d been a New Orleans resident all of two weeks; he knew after going to college at Ohio State that he wanted to do something different, but he didn’t think anything special about the afternoon he sat out on his roommate’s front porch to play guitar.
“I really wasn’t satisfied with my situation and decided it was time to make a change,” Shaw told The Daily Times during a recent phone interview. “A friend of mine was going to Tulane and needed a roommate, so I did some research about the culture in New Orleans, and I realized it’s got a great vibe.
“So that afternoon, I was playing guitar on my porch, and Zack (Feinberg, the band’s guitarist) was just riding by on his bike on his way home from school, and he stopped. He asked me to finish the song, and we struck up a conversation; he picked up the guitar and played, and it started from there.”
Thanks to Feinberg, Shaw received a crash course in New Orleans music education. He admits that prior to moving to town, he knew very little about the vibrant jazz and blues and world music scenes that make the Crescent City one of the most creative and colorful music scenes in the world.
“I would say I was slightly closed off, actually; not intentionally, but because I just stayed and stuck to what I knew,” Shaw said. “Zack made me a data disk of 600 or so songs, probably 500 or so of which I’d never actually heard. And a lot of the artists I had heard of, it was a curiosity to delve deeper into their catalogs.
“I did that, and it really started to perk my interest musically. I knew I loved to play music, and any time I heard something new, if I liked it I really gravitated toward that. Zack really did a great thing by helping pull me out of my box and setting me on another path.”
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September 17th, 2014
We are stoked to announce that we’ll be ringing in the New Year at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA December 31, 2014. Tickets for the show will go on sale this Friday, September 19 at 10:00am ET at GeorgiaTheatre.com.
w/ AJ Ghent & Larkin Poe
December 31, 2014
September 16th, 2014
We’ve added new dates with Red Wanting Blue in St. Louis, Urbana and Charlottesville. Tickets for all three shows will go on sale this Friday, September 19th.
11/05 @ Old Rock House in St. Louis, MO
11/06 @ The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL
11/22 @ The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA
View all tour dates at http://www.therevivalists.com/shows.html