The Reivers (band)

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The Reivers
Origin Austin, Texas, United States
Genres Indie rock, alternative rock, pop, New Sincerity
Years active 1984-1991, 2008–present
Labels DB, Capitol, Dualtone
Associated acts Fire Marshals of Bethlehem
Members John Croslin
Kim Longacre
Cindy Toth
Garrett Williams
Eric Friend

The Reivers are a pop band from Austin, Texas. Formed in 1984 as Zeitgeist, they were forced to change their name before releasing their second album in 1987, due to another group claiming prior rights to the name. They chose the name "The Reivers" from the title of the William Faulkner novel.

The band included John Croslin, songwriter, vocalist, guitars; Kim Longacre, vocals, guitars; Cindy Toth, bass, violin; and Garrett Williams, drums. They were the best-known of a cluster of Austin-based bands loosely grouped under the name "New Sincerity". Writing for No Depression in 2008, critic Peter Blackstock described The Reivers as "a classic pop band . . . They balanced memorable melodies and unstoppable energy with seemingly effortless ease, contrasting the rough and sweet vocals of frontfolks John Croslin and Kim Longacre (respectively) amid an infectious swirl of chiming guitars and the unbelievably lively rhythms of drummer Garrett Williams and bassist Cindy Toth."[1]

The band released four albums, all of which received critical praise but not much commercial success, before disbanding in 1991. Croslin went on to work as producer and engineer on records for a number of bands, notably Spoon and Guided by Voices. Two Reivers songs, "Almost Home" and "Araby," were covered by Hootie and the Blowfish on their 2000 collection Scattered, Smothered and Covered.[2] In 1998, Stereophile critic Robert Baird called The Reivers "one of America's great lost bands."[3]

Croslin later co-founded an Austin band called The Fire Marshals of Bethlehem. In 2005 this band released an album entitled Songs For Housework, and Croslin subsequently left the band.[4][5]

The Reivers reunited in 2008 for occasional performances around Austin.[6] On August 28, 2008, The Reivers played a benefit concert in Austin, and John Croslin announced that the re-formed band would now be called Right Or Happy.[7] Under the new name, and now also including a keyboardist, Eric Friend, the band played at the 2009 South by Southwest.[8][9] In January 2013 the band (once again calling itself The Reivers) released a new album, their first in more than 20 years.[10][11]



  1. ^ Peter Blackstock,"'is it worth the admission....'", No Depression, January 15, 2008.
  2. ^ Michael Bertin, Pop Beloved: Revisiting the Reivers, Austin Chronicle, April 26, 2002.
  3. ^ "1998 Records To Die For:", Stereophile, Vol.21, No.2, February, 1998.
  4. ^ "The Fire Marshals of Bethlehem", Austin Music Database at (retrieved June 19, 2009).
  5. ^ Fire Marshals of Bethlehem official website.
  6. ^ Peter Blackstock, "Reivers - Parish (Austin)", No Depression, May-June 2008.
  7. ^ Michael Corcoran, "Can there be a worse name than the Reivers?", Austin Music Source, August 28, 2008.
  8. ^ "Right Or Happy", Austin Music Database at (retrieved June 19, 2009).
  9. ^ David Menconi, "SXSW 2009: Day Three", The News & Observer, March 21, 2009 (retrieved June 19, 2009), archive copy here.
  10. ^ "New Album from Austin’s Reivers", Blurt, January 21, 2013.
  11. ^ Michael Toland, "Review: The Reivers, Second Story", Austin Chronicle, February 1, 2013.
  12. ^ Brent Grulke, "Zeitgeist" (review), Austin Chronicle, August 24, 1984.

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