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Irish band Revelino released three albums in the 1990’s. Their most well known songs are “Happiness is Mine” which received healthy airplay on Irish radio, the single “Don’t Lead me Down”, and “Step on High” which was a favourite of the late John Peel.

Revelino was largely the project of Brendan Tallon, a former footballer with Dublin club Bohemian FC. Revelino emerged following the demise of Tallon’s previous band, The Coltranes. Revelino included former Coltranes members Bren Berry on guitar, and Shane Rafferty on drums. Joining them were Alan Momntgomery on bass and Brendan’s brother Ciaran on guitars.

They first appeared on the Dublin gigging circuit in late 1994. Their first album was released at the same time. The band’s sound was somewhere between the walled guitars of the shoegaze era and a 60’s pop sensibility reminiscent of the La’s. The band had gained enough attention by the end of 1994 for “Happiness is Mine” to be voted into Dave Fanning’s ‘fab 50’. The single ‘Don’t Lead Me Down’ followed in 1995.

The second album ‘Broadcaster’ solidified their reputation in Ireland. Released in 1996, it was a somewhat darker album than its predecessor, especially on songs like “Streets of Many Towns” and “All Hope is Fading”. The album also contained the catchy ‘Step on High” which received airplay on the John Peel show.

The failure of Broadcaster to take off outside of Ireland led to the eventual break up of Revelino. The band had been reduced to the Tallon brothers and Bren Berry by the time third album “To the End” was released in 2000. This album built on Broadcaster’s darker moments and received wildly positive reviews from the Irish music press.

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  • nulabert

    I must say these boys were up there with the Frames. Saw them in Galway in the 90s, they were excellent. Sure maybe they'll come back together for a tour

    24 May 2010 Reply
  • eeijlar

    I have been looking for this for ages, then Paul McCloone played, Don't Lead Me Down the other night. They were brilliant...

    19 Apr 2010 Reply
  • ThisKidGotMoxie

    Great band! Another in a long line of Irish bands that didn't get the recognition they deserved.

    21 Nov 2009 Reply
  • iceflames

    why no shouts? They made such great music!! awesome stuff!!

    30 Aug 2009 Reply