The Revivalists' Beautiful Dusky Jazz Rock
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 04, 2015

  • Posted by: Don Saas

"Revival" is an omnipresent term these days. Post-punk revival, roots rock revival, grunge revival, new wave revival, blues revival. All of these classic genres that had disappeared for decades are roaring back with a vengeance. But there's more to true "revival" than simply bringing a dead sound back to the world. You have to imbue these sounds with new life. Otherwise, you're music is just a stale clone of your betters. New Orleans' blues rockers The Revivalists understand the term that gives them their name.

We're premiering a live performance of "Monster," one of the songs off the band's upcoming new record, Men Against Mountains, and it's a masterclass in jazzy blues-rock. Vocalist David Shaw's dusty cadence swirls around the tight jazz-blues of the rest of the band, and a perfectly understated saxophone line underscores the action. It's the sort of track you'd play during an early summer barbecue as the sun goes down and your family/friends gather around the fire and you talk about life and your hopes for the rest of the year. It has a communal energy.

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