words by Zach Pollack, photos by Shelby Shaw


Hailing from Paris, France; Revolver is currently smack in the middle of their first-ever US tour. Saturday night (3/6) they made their Chicago debut at the Lakeview neighborhood hangout, Schubas. The LA based band The Belle Brigade got things started off.
Despite the less than pleasant weather, Schubas was packed with fans eager to hear Revolver's special blend of chamber pop and indie folk. I was skeptical of how their music would translate into a live setting, however with the addition of a drummer, and the use of electric guitars they really filled out their sound. With no bassist in sight, it was up to the nimble handed cello player to carry the low end. He delivered soaring lines that would help to propel the songs onward, and threw some much needed texture into the mix. Early on in their set it became apparent that their strength lied in three part harmonies. Arrangements, such as the one in their hook-laden track "Balulalow" became real crowd pleasers. All miked up, some of their songs bared resemblance to the early sounds of rockabilly kingpin's the Stray Cats. The "Parisians" as they like to call themselves, delivered deep cuts from both their LP Music For a While and EP Parallel Lives. They also treated us to a new song titled "I Don't Remember", and a beautifully arranged cover of Crosby, Stills and Nash's "Helplessly Hoping".

You can stream Revolver's new EP Parallel Lives in full via Spinner.
More photos of their set at Schubas, and the rest of their US tour dates lie below...

Revolver 2011 US Tour
March 5 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
March 8 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
March 9 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
March 11 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
March 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Satelllite
March 14/20 Austin, TX - SXSW Festival