Traditional folk with a rebellious rock attitude may not be something that you usually would put together, but The Last Revel knows very well how they can make that work. With each member of the band having an immense passion to preform, write and put an emphasis on instrumentation, they seem to know how to get a crowd up and moving.
“Last summer there was an emerging artists concert called the Red Ants Pants Music Festival. We didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves into, but we drove the 15,000 miles to the concert. When we got there, it ended up being a 15 minute set. Still, we played the show and packed all of our energy into those 15 minutes and in the end, we won. This contest was based on votes of the fans who were listening to all different bands at this festival. That may have been the moment when we realized: ‘Hey, maybe we could make this work!’”
Part of what makes The Last Revel work together so well is their dedication to honesty. Honesty is one of the main components of their lyrics which is also shown in their band’s overall character. In regards to writing, the band and an interesting outlook on what it means to be a part of the group.
“Walking into a room of your friends being completely naked. When they don’t like what they see, you can’t get offended,” Is how lead vocalist Lee Henke described writing with the band.
It’s a very personal thing for these men when they are writing lyrics, they are all very open with each other and it can easily escalate to very personal levels. Their song “garage sale” has the verse that refers to standing by the bedside of your significant other in the hospital, yet waiting to get paid. During that time, stand-up Bassist Vinnie Donatelle, had just taken his girlfriend to the emergency room for some serious health issues. As well as that was the time of his life when paying for rent may not have been a sure thing every month.
“No one wants to hear you writing about the things you are already comfortable telling other people. They want to hear the stuff that you don’t want to say.”
In addition to their lyrics, their overall sound is something refreshing. The bluegrass sound that isn’t heard much anymore may be coming back. The wholesome, acoustic, genuine sound that consists of no synthesizers or electric instruments. The Last Revel found this sound by taking bands that inspired them, stripping down the music to the core and finding out what they thought truly made it great. By simplifying and getting to the root of the sound they were inspired, which lead them to the sound they have today. For them to create their own vibes, they are able to control the performance they have at their shows. The Last Revel seems to pride themselves on being able to get their audiences out of their seat.