unnamedThe Revivalists, a seven piece band from New Orleans, have released their third album, Men Amongst Mountains. The Revivalists do not stick to one particular style, or genre of music. At moments, the album seems to be predictable, clean alternative rock, that is strong and southern; but The Revivalists are full of surprises. They transition from heavy rock guitar shreds, to reggae beats, to folky harmonies that border on bluegrass, and then end the jam on a funky riff that is reminiscent of disco. The combination of steel guitar, trumpet, saxophone and keyboard allow for a depth that is not possible in smaller groups.

Their last album, City of Sound, was released in 2014, and is split with half-recorded and half-live music. The inclusion of live tracks gave the album more depth, although “Navigate Ready” and “Criminal” easily matched the power of the soulful, live cuts. Men Amongst Mountains sounds much cleaner than the previous album, with only recorded tracks. The album starts on a high note, with energetic and funky “Keep Going,” and then transitions into other tracks like “Gold to Glass” and “It Was A Sin” are very different tones. The chorus of “It Was A Sin” laments “Oh I believe it was a sin / Doin’ the way I did you in.” This among other tracks are rather self-deprecating, but the brass instruments add warmth to even the darkest of guitar riffs, and allow some of the darker songs on Men Amongst Mountains to be optimistic.

The writing on this album is almost as diverse as the sound itself. The Revivalists use many metaphors, such as in “Move On,” where singer David Shaw sings, “I’m looking back and seeing mass destruction / Covered in ash from your last eruption.” Other tracks like “Fade Away” and “Stand Up” have political leanings, with lyrics that tell America to “start taking care of their own.”

            The strength of this album, however, is in the build of each song. In particular, songs “Amber” and “Need Me” have significant slow builds, starting with soft guitar that develops into a powerful chorus. Although almost every song has slow moments that progress into a strong chorus, each build is surprising and welcome. Guitarist Ed Williams, Trumpet Player Michael Girardot and Saxophonist Rob Ingraham play off of each other expertly, working to create the well-rounded funky sound that becomes The Revivalists signature, amidst the changing tone and genre of each song.

Men Amongst Mountains is a perfect album to sit down with and get to know well; It is undeniably soulful and emotional, and thanks to the variety in tone and tempo, there is a track that everyone can relate to.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
9/3/2015 @ Varsity Theatre, Baton Rouge LA
9/4/2015 @ Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola FL
9/10/2015 @ Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA
9/11/2015 @ Aladdin Theater, Portland OR
9/12/2015 @ HiFi Music Hall, Eugene OR
9/13/2015 @ Humboldt Brews, Arcata CA
9/16/2015 @ Standing Sun Winery, Buellton CA
9/17/2015 @ Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA
9/18/2015 @ Kaaboo Festival, Del Mar CA
9/20/2015 @ Telluride Blue & Brews, Telluride CO
9/23/2015 @ Granada Theater, Dallas TX
9/24/2015 @ The Scoot Inn, Austin TX​
9/25/2015 @ Walters Downtown, Houston TX
9/26/2015 @ Best of the Bayou in Houma, LA
10/14/2015 @ Workplay Theatre in Birmingham, AL
10/15/2015 @ Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA
10/16/2015 @ Revelry Room, Chattanooga TN
10/17/2015 @ Leaf Festival in Black Mountain, NC
10/24/2015 The Tampa Pig Jig, Tampa FL
10/28/2015 @ Irving Plaza, New York NY
10/30/2015 @ Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA
10/31/2015 @ 9:30 Club in Washington, DC
11/5/2015 @ The Hollow, Albany NY
11/6/2015 @ Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington VT
11/7/2015 @ Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA
11/8/2015 @ The Warehouse, Fairfield CT
11/11/2015 @ Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville VA
11/12/2015 @ Visulite Theatre, Charlotte NC
11/13/2015 @ Music Farm Charleston, Charleston SC
11/14/2015 @ Cox Capital Theatre, Macon GA
11/18/2015 @ The Lyric Oxford, Oxford MS
11/19/2015 @ Duling Hall, Jackson MS
11/20/2015 @ Tipitina’s, New Orleans LA
11/21/2015 @ Tipitina’s, New Orleans LA
12/31/2015 @ Buckhead Theater, Atlanta GA