Today I got to talk to a band that is high energy and I recommend people seeing them if you get the chance, They are a 4 piece band with a unique sound and did I mention they are fronted by a badass sounding chick with pipes of gold!!!
I, Revere is:
Pauline Pisano (Vocals/Keyboards/Percussion)
Billy Brancato (Guitars)
Jay Giacomazzo (Bass/Samples)
Jason Crawford (Drums/Keyboards/Samples)
How did I, Revere form?
[Jason] I, Revere formed in the winter of 2012. Bill, Jay G. and myself were playing together in a post rock instrumental band for a few months. We decided we wanted to take things a step further and began auditioning vocalists. Simultaneously, Pauline was playing solo shows as a singer/song writer and I was her session drummer. We had begun working on a side project (which still exists today) and decided to pull Jay G. in for bass/guitar duties. We wrote a few songs but after only a few rehearsals Jay suggested a merger. We scheduled a meeting, and within an hour of the four of us jamming in the same room together, there was a unanimous decision to pursue what is now I, Revere.
Who are your influences?
[Jason] We all come from VERY different backgrounds. Billy and I grew up in the Long Island hardcore scene. So a lot of the band’s “heavier tendencies” stem from our roots of seeing kids wearing metalcore t-shirts stage dive into an abyss of crew necks and crew vocals. Jay G. brings a little more of the soul to the band with his origins being punk, funk and hip hop. A lot of the song structures come from his tackle box of groove oriented bass lines. Pauline is our “siren”. She introduced this ethereal aspect that fills out the sound of the band. Her background of singer/song writer, dance, indie, and classical ties the eclectic mix of testosterone together. If Tori Amos fell down a rabbit whole and had a tea party, I’m sure you would find all five of the Deftones, Trent Reznor, and Casey Crescenzo sitting around the table.
What shows do you have coming up?
[Jason] We are playing East Islip Lanes on June 27th, Lit Lounge on June 28th in NYC, and The Hub on August 8th in Island Park. We left July open because we may be going on the road for a while but no official tour announcements have been made yet.
Describe your sound to me?
[Jason] The sound is an ongoing contrast. It could be described as heavy and atmospheric. Destructive yet beautiful. A lot of the tunes begin with a sonic exploration. We stumble upon a soundscape that grabs everyone’s attention, and then begin applying rhythms and dynamics. We try to remain visceral about things. Typically starting with an abstract wall of sound and then making the ideas tangible by applying concepts and formulas. Even though we’re far from being a shoegaze band, I would say 90% of our songs originate from “ethereal noises”.
Tell me about your EP The Lure Of A New Harbor?
[Pauline] The Lure of a New Harbor is a concept record loosely based on the story of Homer’s Odyssey, more specifically on the twelfth chapter. The hero, the siren, the 6 headed beast, and the sailors are all present and have a song of their own, at times sharing some as well. We used these characters as a representation of the demons buried within each and every one of us… our own personal shadows. For this reason each character was constructed with a protagonist point of view. After all if they live within you, they can’t be all bad right? The record follows the timeline within Homer’s work, but we leave the ending of the journey up to the listener to complete.
“For my hero and for my ghosts – for this I’ll hollow – for this I will…”
We find it important to engage and start the dialogue that comes from open endings. Everyone loves a “to be continued…”.
What do you do before a show to get pumped?
[Jason] We all have our own pre-show regiments. Activities include (but are not exclusive to) yoga, napping, listening to hardcore hip hop, Mexican take-out, and multiple shots of whiskey. It varies on the band member and the show we happen to be playing that day. Regardless… we stay pumped.
If you could cover one song what would it be and why?
[Jason] Cover songs have been dabbled with before, but nothing has left our rehearsal studio officially. We do have something special coming out in the next few weeks that we have been working on. We are all very excited for it. So stay tuned….
What would you like to tell your fans?
[Jason] We are overwhelmed by the outpour of support from family, friends, and our new family and friends that we’ve gained along the way during this journey. Thank you for listening to our music. Thank you for coming to shows. Thank you for being the beautiful you.