Revolver (UK band)
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|Genres||Alternative rock, Shoegazing|
|Past members||Mat Flint (guitar/vocals)
Hamish Brown (bass)
Nick Dewey (drums)
Revolver (band) were a London-based guitar band in existence from 1990 until 1994, comprising Mat Flint (guitar/vocals), Hamish Brown (bass) and Nick Dewey (drums). Flint and Dewey had been in school bands together, and when the two moved to London in the autumn of 1990 met Brown who completed the line-up.
The band, after attracting attention from several record labels, including Dedicated, One Little Indian, and Creation Records, signed to the Virgin Records subsidiary Hut Records in the summer of 1991. The band quickly picked up a following, supporting the likes of Chapterhouse, Slowdive, Teenage Fanclub and Blur, and gained a lot of press coverage, most notably in NME, Melody Maker and The Face. Their first single, "Heaven Sent An Angel" topped the UK independent charts, as did the follow-up "Crimson", and the third single "Venice". The band specialised in bright, abrasive guitar-pop songs with strong melodies, and were determined (but ultimately failed) to distinguish themselves from the other guitar bands of the era. The UK press lumped them in with the shoegazing movement, a tag with which that the band was not comfortable.
A compilation of these first 3 singles was released in the States as "Baby's Angry" on Caroline Records, and gained the band airplay on US college radio. The band toured America in the autumn of 1992, on a co-headlining tour with fellow Caroline Records act Drop Nineteens.
In 1993, Revolver released the single "Cradle Snatch", closely followed by the album Cold Water Flat. Although the songs were more sophisticated than their earlier work, the previous sales failed to repeat; Virgin dropped the band after a final single "I Wear Your Chain" failed to make the top 75. The band recorded an album's worth of demos, but failing to sign a deal with another label split up at the beginning of 1994.
- Baby's Angry (1992), Hut
- Cold Water Flat (1993), Hut
- 45 EP (1991), Hut
- "Crimson" (1991), Hut
- "Venice" (1992), Hut
- "Cradle Snatch" (1993), Hut
- "I Wear Your Chain" (1993), Hut
- Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 942