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  • Years Active

    1969 – 1970 (1 year)

There are at least 3 groups known by the name Revival.

1) Revival is an alt. country band formed by Josh Read and Evan Berodt of Canyon and Jay Farrar's touring band.

Riding back in on the Horses of War, recent-dead tangles with Canyon and Jay Farrar pushed like bodies out the rear door of memory, these are men on a mission – to assume the aching on behalf of all us sad sinners, to alight in the night for a moon they know is reachable. Open spaces aren’t wide enough, high and lonesome not sparse enough, even the rain not wet enough, for the sea-weary longshoremen of Revival.

April 2006, springtime, something shimmering, fuck the winter, feel the grass. Smoke signals out to Noel White, just up the river, who returns them with an echoing of drums, and an album, tall and strong, is crafted. The experiment explodes into the full dark of day at the studio of J. Robbins, somewhere in the run-down industrial districts between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Other players stop, strain ears to air, look to the sky, feel the rhythm as much as hear it, drop what they’re doing, wander up the mountain to lend a hand, if only for a moment, a show, a song, a season. Mikal Evans’ harmonies dipping low as her hip-length mane, Hash Vyas’ loping bass lines as rock-solid as his hard-earned indie lineage, Brian Clancy’s four-string also on occasional loan from local legends Dawn of Man, Josh Wenk’s drums thundering through it all – Revival live and in the flesh is no less impressive.

At the hard human heart of it all, though, the songs of Josh Read. Steeped equally in the spirit of ancient folk, brawling saloon standards, DC’s postpunk revolutionaries, and the early vangard of psychedelic rock, Read’s songs are about the bones of America. Raw sexuality to desolate balladry, it’s all there – whispered on the wind, prospected from the psychic hills. That voice. The lonely troubadour. It bewitches you, lays you down soft, cracked and pleading, shoots you down hard in a shotgun barrage.

2) Revival - 'Music By Al Basim' was released in 1979. According to the legend Al Basim was an Iranian artist who was executed. In fact Al Basim was Bulgarian. An interesting ethnic fusion album…

3) Latvian Christian band Revival was founded in 2005, when its members decided to get together to worship and praise the Lord and share their experience of life with Jesus.

4) Revival is a Barbershop Quartet who competed in the 1998 International Barbershop Quartet Contest.

5) Revival is a youtube channel that posts the opening and closing music for the anime Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi. The channel is named after the main character in the anime's special ability, called Revival, where he is forced to travel back in time to prevent imminent disaster.

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