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You Missed It

by Ashleigh-Jane Denton / 14.12.2010

The Revelators have a garage rock band feel. They have an almost vintage sound, with raw, edgy vocals that has most recently been compared to the likes of The White Stripes or The Gun Club respectively. And yes, while it’s quite a derivative sound, their passion for performing live makes me want to jump around like an intoxicated teenager. At least that’s how I felt at Hectic on Hope when they launched their latest music video for the track “You Missed It”, off their debut album We’ll Make Them Like New.

The night started to get rowdy when Johnny Tex, frontman for the Revelators, broke into their first song. He’s got a voice on him. Chilling, with obvious blues-influences, it flooded the small venue. Add to that the effervescent appeal of Heino’s bass. Fans gathered around the stage and soon devolved into a moshpit. Drinks flew, were hit out of hands and smashed on the floor. And then all of a sudden, like trained rats, the crowd, packed tightly up against each other, all stared up at the big screen to watch the video.

The Revelators shot their music video at the Purple Turtle roughly 2 months ago, using stop motion photographs with the help of photographers Thomas Pepler and Mark Rietz, who also compiled the video together. It’s a uniquely lo-fi take, exemplifying their music. It’s hard not to appreciate The Revelators’ no mess, no fuss approach to music. And it’s obvious they enjoy what they’re doing.

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  1. snapper says:

    sheesh, i know its holiday time, but editor – opening sentence

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  2. snapper says:

    and second sentence

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  3. Anonymous says:

    as far as stop motion goes it’s a pretty boring video.
    someone said ‘hey i can make a video for you with photos’ and they were like ‘sweet!’ and thats about as far as that thought process went.

    Also aside from this article being rubbish, please introduce this Ashley character to an actual moshpit, cause I was there for the launch and this really didn’t count as one.

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  4. Daniel says:

    short and sweet. cool

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  5. Ash says:

    A moshpit is a moshpit no matter what the size.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    No that is very wrong.
    But i suppose hanging out at assembly or rocking the daisies or whatever doesn’t expose you to that.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    i hink your live gig vocab is very limited and you weren’t sure how else to describe the scene so you just said ‘moshpit’ figuring thats some well recognised live review lingo and everyone will be okay with your choice.
    BUT I, FOR ONE AM NOT.

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  8. damndemons says:

    wow, this must be the worst article I’ve read on this website.

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  9. Pieter says:

    This is a pretty good song but they sound an awful lot like the Stripes to me. Would dig to hear some more.

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  10. john says:

    @Pieter, You can buy their cd. it is actually pretty good. with a nice cover of a robert johnson song. they are a start up band so not a lot of diversity yet, but i am sure they will eventually diversify from the sound that sounds like the white stripes to you.

    @damndemons…i know….that opening sentence…eish.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    @ Pieter Only a couple of their songs sound like the stripes. You should definitely try see them live. Great show!

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  12. Anonymous says:

    damn if you make a post with links in it, does it go for automation? If not, then mine went missing.

    But i feel it is an important post.

    Can you guys assist me please?
    Which White Stripes song do you think this one sounds most like?

    This one?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKN7o8Me1HU

    Or perhaps this one?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0T5y8UjJQo

    Hints of this one?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKTG05rw2iw

    boy what an original band! isn’t this song about being original?

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  13. if it smells like shit then... says:

    Andy, if this is the standard of mahala fair to come, then you may as well call it to a halt right now.

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  14. Bass Player says:

    Yeah, this article is really lame…. Opening sentence, i mean… come…..oooooon!

    I cant imagine anyone really moshing to this kind of music, so its hard to believe that an actual moshpit went down. Its more the kind of music that drunk little “whoo hoo” girls will enjoy.

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  15. Andy says:

    Sorry anonz more than one link per comment and it gets dumped into the spam filter…

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  16. Anonymous says:

    wow anonymous! congrats on figuring out which band this song sounds like. you are a fucking genius. it’s only been pointed out about a million times on this website. the revelators are awesome and most of their songs sound nothing like the stripes! let’s rather crit the writing of this article which unfortunately is very poor. Sorry Ash – keep trying though.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    i was referring to those specific songs as well.
    There is definite diversity to the white stripes, so i narrowed down some specifics, which hit so close to home that it left me uncomfortable.

    ‘Only some of the songs sound like white stripes’
    Boy thats the kind of thing bands aim for.

    Lets put it like this instead: Prior to these two mentions on Mahala, ‘The Revelators’ was only a name I recognised from gig flyers and such. A name that floated on the scene like so many others, but which I had no real idea of. Now, on my first exposure to the band through their music video (which I assume they chose to do to market themselves and expose their sound to new audencies, as bands tend to do) my opinion changed from apathy to hate.

    The response to their video, and all discussion about their video from both sides of the fence has been with regards to their similarity to another band and sound.
    This response is a reflection of The Revelators. Not The White Stripes. Not Mahala. Not the Mahala commenthaters. Not me. Just The Revelators.

    They released a song and video that at best got people to respond saying either: ‘Wow, they suck, they sound just like the white stripes’ or ‘Wow, they dont suck, they sound just like the white stripes’.

    Good going there guys.

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  18. Anonymous says:

    bit narrow minded of you to think that mahala is the only place that people have responded to the revelators. they had an overwhelmingly good response at this gig and lots of people think they are great. no amount of whining is gonna change that so just move on.

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  19. Anonymous says:

    Again, I didn’t. Mahala is what exposed me to it though, and there have been some responses about Mahalas approach painting the revelators in a bad light from the get go, which is also what I was responding too.

    Seems the ones who “missed it” were the revelators.

    And I see they got mainstage at Ramfest.
    Further perpertuating the notion that in order to suceed one most emulate, and this shallow SA market will respond.
    Emutilate.

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  20. Anonymous says:

    COme now Heino, stop being so defensive and accept your band is unoriginal and move on.

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  21. Anonymous says:

    guys, we made ash cry…
    not cool.

    revelators are aiiiight but not that rad.

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  22. kez says:

    you anonymous cunts…
    haha

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  23. Anonymous says:

    I believe this guy from the post about the video itself said it best:

    Uranus says:
    December 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm
    This post is such a setup – instead of letting people decide for themselves, it starts off suggestively as to who or what this band sounds like, to pre-determine conclusions from those who are waiting on the edge of their keyboards for the opportunity to yet again spit bile over another useless Mahala post/article.

    The fact that they do sound like other bands/artists just betrays their influences. So yay. All bands and musicians are influenced, some struggle to find their own sound, and some are still learning to create their own sound. Give them a bloody break, and stop being such whiney bitches. There are far more useless and far more shitty conformist bands than this out there to take down that are doing way more damage to our scene, and as a consequence kill it for the small guys by making vinegar-tits [like the majority of people that read this site] even more piss-mouthed than they already are and keeping them from the clubs. This band is, in effect, a start up. They have a little album or EP or whatever and some buzz, and that’s about it – they still have a long way to go and for the majority, so far, it’s not all that bad.

    Let’s all rather agree to crucify bands that are in a position to influence the mindless masses, ala Parlobonerfuckfaces or Prime-rib Circle-jerk, than kill off this (and other) emerging talent, that besides for their obvious flaws, are at least, on a better path than those soulless corporate cockshines. Get in the clubs, show some fucking support and motivate emerging talent to be original.

    [This video isn’t that great btw]

    KIF (7) KAK (1)

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  24. Anonymous says:

    And I also quite like:

    kez says:
    December 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm
    you anonymous cunts…
    haha

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  25. Kate says:

    Possibly the worst article ever written.

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