The Revere - PEV's 700th Feature!

It’s amazing how they just keep coming – the milestones for PEV. We started this site with the hope that maybe a bunch of local bands might find us interesting… but we’ve been blown away by the people we’ve met, spoken with and partied with across the country and beyond. This is our 700th feature… and it feels like number 1,000 must be just around the corner.

Luckily for us, a Rock Ridge Music act was available to take on the XXQ’s for our 700th go, a great rock outfit called The Revere. The Philadelphia natives have a debut album out right now titled “The Great City”, a collection based largely on specific characters according to Sean Kelley. He says “’The Great City’ is the first part of a story concerning a group of people called in a dream on a journey. An old man is called to be their leader and guide.” I know he has your interest, and want to hear the second best part? The energetic collection can be downloaded for FREE at www.TheRevere.net. See that? Free stuff with the 700th feature!

Get yourself to a live Revere show and expect a workout. There’s a new EP in the works so keep and eye out as well. Now, for the 700th time, read on for all the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs: The Revere - Sean Kelly

PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

Sean Kelly (SK): Energetic and emotional.  We strive for high energy shows.  Also, as far as the musical aspects go, we love to concentrate on being extremely rhythmic.  Of course, we love great melodies too.  

PEV: Calling Philadelphia, Pennsylvania home, what kind of music where the members of the band into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

SK: The 3 of us combined listened to a bunch of different music growing up, of which we only listen to a small amount of today... We listened to different styles of Metal, Punk, Rock, Hardcore, etc.  A lot of that stuff we could find in the music scenes around us. Of course we remember our first concerts!  Pat and I saw Norma Jean and Underoath at the Trocadero as one of our first real concerts.  That was a long time ago, even before Underoath’s ever popular release ‘They’re Only Chasing Safety’.  Good times. Mike's first concert was The Get Up Kids.

PEV: Tell us your take on the music scene is like in your hometown and what was it like trying to break into it?

SK: In our home town (Warrington/Doylestown, PA) the scene was extremes – folk/indie bands or punk/hardcore bands.  We fit in more with the punk/hardcore bands, although we were never quite punk of hardcore enough.  We were able to be a part of the scene though, and I think some kids enjoyed us!  Now, the scene has somewhat fizzled away...

PEV: What can fans expect from a live The Revere show?

SK: We love energy.  We love percussion.  We love to sing.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

SK: ‘Why are my shoes still on…?’

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

SK: We write our songs as part of a story, and so we gain inspiration from the characters and the stories we’re writing about.  It’s much more fun writing about someone else.

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out do you ever look back at your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

SK: Of course!  We’re glad to be where we are today, but we’re also always looking at how to improve what we do.  Playing music is so exciting, isn’t it?

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of The Revere?

SK: We are avid listeners of talk radio.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a goal for you?

SK: Yes.  For me, when I was about 5 and I started banging around on my dad’s old Ludwig set (Ringo Star rip off).  For the other guys, I’m not quite sure…

PEV: Tell us about your debut album, “The Great City”. What can fans expect from this?

SK: Like I said, we like writing songs about characters.  “The Great City” is the first part of a story concerning a group of people called in a dream on a journey.  An old man is called to be their leader and guide. The songs are energetic and melodic.  YOU CAN ALSO EXPECT IT FOR FREE if you go to our website (www.therevere.net).

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

SK: We would love to spend some time touring throughout the Southern states.

PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

SK: Mike is an artist.  Pat builds super computers for gaming.  And Sean teaches kids how to play guitar.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?

SK: Circa Survive.  Great band with great sounds.

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

SK: Have you ever heard the group Sleigh Bells?  They’re…how should I put it…sick?  Check out the song “AB Machines”.

PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think each of you would be your career?

SK: There are other things to do besides music?

PEV: So, what is next for The Revere?

SK: Recording an EP and touring!

For more on The Revere, visit: www.therevere.net

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