Revere (band)

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Origin London, England, United Kingdom
Genres Post-rock
Years active Circa 2006–present
Labels Albino Recordings
Associated acts The Unrecorded, Gabby Young, Kat Flint
Members Stephen Ellis
Seb Pidgeon
Russell Cook
Marc Rollins
Ellie Wilson
Kathleen McKie
Nicholas Hirst
Past members Nathaniel Mumford
Andrew Hawke
Jonothan Fletcher

Revere are a seven-piece, London-based band incorporating violin, cello, keys, trumpet and glockenspiel. They combine elements of gypsy marches, klezmer, post-rock, film scores and gospel.


Initially formed by Stephen Ellis, Revere (named after a comic-strip in 2000AD)[1] wrote and performed with a rotating line up until 2005 when Ellis relocated to London. The band self-released several singles and EPs in 2005-06, including As The Radars Sleep..., Chloroform, Skin[2] and Learning to Breathe.[3]

Revere spent the years between 2007 and 2010 touring, and working on their debut album Hey! Selim. Performances included the Union Chapel,[4] Glastonbury, The Tabernacle in Notting Hill,[5] and Standon Calling Festival.[6][7] Ellis supported Al Stewart on his US and UK tours in 2009,[8] and in spring 2010 the band embarked on a UK tour to promote the release of their third single We Won't Be Here Tomorrow.[9]

Stephen Ellis in concert - Photo by Anthony Mark Saul
Ellis on stage with Vieux Farka Touré (2012) - Photo by Chris Walsh

September 2010 saw the release of Revere's debut album Hey! Selim. Two tracks were released as lead-up singles, The Escape Artist[10][11] and We Won't Be Here Tomorrow. The band also recorded an in-studio session for "BBC Introducing".[12]

After a short break, Revere regrouped to compose and rehearse more material. A new song, What Am I If I'm Not Even Dust was performed on BBC Radio London's Sunday Sessions,.[13] The end of 2011 saw the release of four digital remix EPs entitled Revere: Reworked #'s 1-4.[14]

In November 2011, Revere toured the UK with Malian kora player and 2-time Grammy winner Toumani Diabaté.[15][16][17][18][19] Towards the end of the tour, Revere and Diabaté recorded several tracks together, including a cover of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart".[20] In early 2012, Stephen Ellis returned to The South Bank Centre to accompany Vieux Farka Touré on the track 'All The Same' (originally performed by Dave Matthews).[21]

In February 2012, Revere won Channel 5's "Send Us Your Music" competition: their prize was a video for new song Keep This Channel Open.[22]



  • Hey! Selim (2010)
  • My Mirror / Your Target (2013)


  • As the Radars Sleep... EP (2005)
  • Chloroform EP (2005)
  • A Soundless Tree EP (2007)
  • Reworked #1 - 4 (2011


  • "Skin" (2006)
  • "Learning to Breathe" (2006)
  • "The Escape Artist" (2008)
  • "As the Radars Sleep" (2009)
  • "We Won't Be Here Tomorrow" (2010)
  • "These Halcyon Days" (2011)


  1. ^ Selena, Yasmin (2008) "Revere play space-age gospel" (feature), Times Online
  2. ^ 2006 "Skin Video on YouTube" (video), YouTube
  3. ^ 2008 "REVERE - Learning to Breathe" (review), Glasswerk
  4. ^ Dennen, Rose (2007) "REVERE" (interview), Big City Redneck
  5. ^ 2010 REVERE - Tabernacle, London 18/11/10 (Live review), The 405
  6. ^ 2008 "standon calling - 2008 - the review" (review), sonomu
  7. ^ Cooper, Simon (2008) "Standon Calling"(review), Clash
  8. ^ 2009 "Al Stewart and Gabby Young at Devizes Corn Exchange on Wednesday May 2009"(news) This is Wiltshire
  9. ^ 2010 REVERE - We Won't Be Here Tomorrow (YouTube page with credits), YouTube
  10. ^ 2008 "The Escape Artist Video on YouTube" (video), YouTube
  11. ^ 2007 "4talent Award Winners" (news), Ten4 Magazine
  12. ^ 2009 "24 April 2009 BBC Introducing" (radio playlist), BBC 6music
  13. ^ 2011 Sun 6 Mar 2011 tracklist (Radio show tracklisting), BBC
  14. ^ 2011 REVERE reworked REVERE website
  15. ^ 2011 Toumani Diabaté – review (Live review)
  16. ^ 2011 Concert review: Toumani Diabaté - Usher Hall, Edinburgh (Live review), The Scotsman
  17. ^ 2011 Toumani Diabaté, Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton (Live review)
  18. ^ 2011 Toumani’s indie-rock support act wows crowd (Live review)
  19. ^ 2011 Toumani Diabate, Usher Hall, Edinburgh (Live review), The Herald (Glasgow)
  20. ^ 2011 PREMIERE: Revere and Toumani Diabaté – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Blog post), Field Day (festival) blog
  21. ^ 2012 Vieux Farka Touré, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London review, The Independent
  22. ^ 2012 Introducing Revere (Channel 5 (UK) announcement), Channel 5

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