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 is 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.


Formation and early years[edit]

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. Soon after, guitarist and songwriter Jonathan Fletcher joined the band, recording the acoustic white label EP, As The Radars Sleep.... This was followed by the "Chloroform" EP later in 2005 and the singles Skin[2] and Learning to Breathe[3] in 2006.

2007 - 2010[edit]

Photo by Gemma Hall

Much of 2007 was spent working on debut album Hey! Selim and a second acoustic EP, A Soundless Tree. Three more permanent members would join the group in 2007; Nicholas Hirst (Keyboards), Kathleen McKie (Cello) and Ellie Wilson (Violin).

2008 was largely spent on the road. Revere headlined at the Union Chapel,[4] performed at Glastonbury after placing in the finals of the Glastonbury New Talent competition,[5] and played at Standon Calling Festival.[6][7] In September, Ellis supported Al Stewart on his US and UK tours.[8] The year ended with another headlining performance at the Union Chapel.[9]

Photo by Gemma Hall

While completing recordings for the album Hey! Selim, Revere released two tracks as lead-up singles. The Escape Artist, released at the tail end of 2008, was accompanied by a fan-funded video, directed by Vanessa Caswill.[10][11] The band also recorded an in-studio session for "BBC Introducing".[12] In April 2010, following the arrival of new drummer Marc Rollins, Revere embarked on a UK tour to promote the release of their third single We Won't Be Here Tomorrow.[13]

Stephen Ellis in concert - Photo by Anthony Mark Saul

A music video was shot for the single,[14] which was released as a digital download on the 31st May.[15]

Release of Hey! Selim[edit]

After playing the Standon Calling festival for a third year running,[16][17] September 2010 saw the release of the band's debut album Hey! Selim. The album's title is taken from Eternity and a Day, directed by Theo Angelopoulos).[18]

Revere ended 2010 with a sit-down set at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill, London. Supported by The Shadow Orchestra, the group reworked many of their songs into a more orchestral format.[19]

2011 - 2012[edit]

After a short break, Revere regrouped to compose and rehearse more material. An early session provided the first versions of tracks such as These Halcyon Days, Don't Look Up, Hannah! and A Road From A Flood.[20] Subsequent live shows at The Rhythm Factory in East London and the Wychwood Festival would consist of these and other new tracks.

A new song, What Am I If I'm Not Even Dust, written by Ellis towards the end of 2010, was performed on BBC Radio London's Sunday Sessions,[21] followed by appearances at the Cambridge Folk Festival and Standon Calling. In October the band released their first single since We Won't Be Here Tomorrow, entitled These Halcyon Days. The song was described by The Fly Magazine as "instantly uplifting",[22] and was licensed by Sky Sports for their weekly show 'Goals On Sunday'.

Ellis on stage with Vieux Farka Touré (2012) - Photo by Chris Walsh

The group sent out many of their earlier tracks to their musical peers for remixing and/or reworking: the resulting mixes and treatments would eventually be released towards the end of the year as a series of four digital EPs entitled Revere: Reworked #'s 1-4.[23]

In November 2011, Revere toured the UK with Malian kora player and 2-time Grammy winner Toumani Diabaté.[24][25][26][27][28] 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".[29]

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).[30]

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.[31]

Later in 2012, Revere performed at Field Day Festival in Victoria Park and at the WOMAD Festival. The band would also take time before more festival dates to shoot a video for These Halcyon Days.[32]

2013 - to present[edit]

There has been a shift towards a leaner, edgier tone with Revere's new album My Mirror/Your Target (released in the UK April 2014) however the group has kept ahold of the fragile and epic qualities that attracted attention in the past. Guest appearances from the likes of Ben Christophers (Bat for Lashes), Emily Barker (who recently won a BAFTA for her track 'Nostalgia' – which was used in the series Wallander), Gabby Young and Jess Bryant have leant a great deal towards that side of REVERE's sound.

In recent months, REVERE's music has appeared in a variety of indie films, including the sleeper-hit Simon Killer, and the still-in-production Vitality (in which members of Revere appeared in cameo roles). They also did a live session,and interview with Jan Douwe Kroeske, for the legendary 2MeterSessies in the Netherlands, which was broadcast in December 2013 on Dutch TV. The band has also been name-checked in the 2013 novel by London-based author Yasmin Selena Butt, entitled Gunshot Glitter.

The band has recorded two b-sides in support of the album, most recently covers of Depeche Mode's 'Enjoy The Silence' and Scott Walker's 'Boy Child'. Over the last 6months, any time not writing, or in the studio, has been spent touring Europe in support of the new album which was released on V2 Benelux in October 2013.



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


  • As the Radars Sleep... EP (2005)
  • Chloroform EP (2005)
  • A Soundless Tree EP (2007)
  • Reworked #1 (2011)
  • Reworked #2 (2011)
  • Reworked #3 (2011)
  • Reworked #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)

Band members[edit]

  • Stephen Ellis - Vocals, Guitars
  • Seb Pidgeon - Guitars
  • Russell Cook - Bass, Vocals
  • Marc Rollins - Drums, Percussion
  • Ellie Wilson - Violin, Vocals
  • Kathleen McKie - Cello
  • Nicholas Hirst - Keys, Vocals

Past/Part-Time Band members[edit]

  • Jonathan Fletcher - Guitars
  • Andrew Hawke - Bass, Vocals
  • Nathaniel Mumford - Trumpet, Glockenspiel
  • Camilla Pay - Harp
  • Kat Arney - Harp


  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. ^ 2008 "Glastonbury New Talent Winners" (news), Q
  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. ^ 2009"Jukebox Review 014 - Revere" (podcast) Jukebox Review
  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. ^ 2010 "April Tour Dates" (blog post)
  14. ^ 2010 REVERE - We Won't Be Here Tomorrow (YouTube page with credits), YouTube
  15. ^ 2010 REVERE - We Won't Be Here Tomorrow ( page showing release date),
  16. ^ 2010 Check out the Stage Times (full festival listing), Standon Calling
  17. ^ 2010 Why Revere Like Standon (Stephen Ellis details the two previous years at the festival), Standon Calling
  18. ^ 2010 A Few of My Favourite Things (Interview), JoyZine
  19. ^ 2010 REVERE - Tabernacle, London 18/11/10 (Live review), The 405
  20. ^ 2011 Thursday, 17 March 2011 (Blog), REVEREs blog
  21. ^ 2011 Sun 6 Mar 2011 tracklist (Radio show tracklisting), BBC
  22. ^ 2011 Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London 27/10/11 (Live revere), The Fly (magazine)
  23. ^ 2011 REVERE reworked REVERE website
  24. ^ 2011 Toumani Diabaté – review (Live review)
  25. ^ 2011 Concert review: Toumani Diabaté - Usher Hall, Edinburgh (Live review), The Scotsman
  26. ^ 2011 Toumani Diabaté, Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton (Live review)
  27. ^ 2011 Toumani’s indie-rock support act wows crowd (Live review)
  28. ^ 2011 Toumani Diabate, Usher Hall, Edinburgh (Live review), The Herald (Glasgow)
  29. ^ 2011 PREMIERE: Revere and Toumani Diabaté – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Blog post), Field Day (festival) blog
  30. ^ 2012 Vieux Farka Touré, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London review, The Independent
  31. ^ 2012 Introducing Revere (Channel 5 (UK) announcement), Channel 5
  32. ^ 2012 Filming a new music video for These Halcyon Days, REVERE blog

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