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Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, the band Revolver Modele was formed in 2001 from a group of school friends.  The band consists of members Mykal Arnold (guitars), Jesse Winsell (drums), Ehsan Alam (vocals, bass) and Natasha Hassett (bass, guitars), each contributing in their own unique ways and with their own talents and styles. They have played many local live shows over the next few years and were even named "Best New Band of the Twin Cities for 2003" in City Pages.  The first release from this group came in the form of the E.P. Revolver released in 2003.  Their first full-length album would not appear until February 2006 but would prove to be well-worth the wait.  During this time the band also recorded a number of videos including "Les Diaboliques" which appears on their latest album as bonus material.

With just the one full-length album and E.P released, the band could still be considered something of a newcomer to the underground music scene, but they have dived right in with obvious influences from the godfathers of the goth and post-punk genres of the early 80's.  Those familiar with Joy Division, Bauhaus and The Smiths.  At first listen, die-hard fans may find this to be something of a throwback, but they do it well and it's their own music and own lyrics progressing along a genre that has been launched back into the spotlight of the current emo/punk/alternative movement.

Since this band seems to really just be getting off to their official start with their first full-length release, we can assume that they still have a long future ahead of them in which their style may shift and alter slightly and we can only hope that they continue to produce a solid musical style.  They plan to tour over the short-term and we'll watch for more great news to come in the future.



Discoteque Crypt – Review
I was introduced to this band recently and listened to a few samples of their music.  As an avid fan of the early goth and post-punk music of Joy Division, Siouxsie, The Cure and Bauhaus I was immediately intrigued by what I heard and managed to grab their debut full-length album Discoteque CryptThe disc contains eleven outstanding tracks and an additional bonus video of "Les Diaboliques".  The nice thing is that right on the promo label of the disc are the words "clean for radio", which for me is a huge plus as we constantly fight the barrage of vulgar language in our musical genres to add fodder to misunderstood stereotypes.

Kicking off this album is "Les Diaboliques" which is what I would call the obvious single from the album with the most pop-oriented and most accessible track on the album to cross genre boundaries, but also what I found to most resemble work from Joy Division.  The deep angst-ridden vocals are definitely a solid staple to the band's sound along with those scratching guitars and solid bassline.  The album only deviates slightly from this pattern of quick-paced, simple percussion, grooving, heavy and solid bassline, grinding guitars which while they're standard for this genre and a key element, at times become a little scratchy that limit when you might listen to the music (concentration proves hard when this is playing as background music), and finally the deep, moody vocals. Even with this homogenous sound, it's possible to pick out tracks that are a little more catchy than others such as the moving "Ah Ah Ah", the aforementioned "Les Diaboliques" and the driving piece "High Heels" with nice hoooks and poetic grace.

The punk-oriented and scratchy guitars on "Delirium Tremens" can grind on the nerves, but still becomes an overall fun, spasmatic piece.  Many other tracks come under this driving style like "Icons" and "Body Without Organs". In fact "The Ache" is about the only piece that really throttles the tempo back to a mid-tempo piece with hypnotic lyrical lines that will have the listener singing along even on the first listen.  The album moves along quickly wrapping up with two excellent tracks that old-school fans can appreciate in "Deca-dance" and the finale to the album is "In the Aisles" being something that possibly only Ian Curtis could have done better.

With that the album is done and the listener is left spent from another great album from another talented group, while building on a tried and true sound of past legends, manages to pull it off in a way that should provide something new for fans to sink their fangs into.

Rating: 4/5



Website: www.revolvermodele.com
Label: Estate Sale Records

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