I, Revere’s name came from a song Pauline Pisano (vocals/keys) and Jason Crawford (drums/keys) were writing called “The Pawtucket’s of Revere.” The theme of that track was about coming home, as Pisano is from Revere, Mass. According to the singer, the formation of the band created that same homeward feeling for all four members.
Pisano described the group’s sound as “an onslaught of sea creatures.” Listening to songs like “Gemini,” that’s a pretty good assessment. With Billy Brancato on the guitar and Jay Giacomazzo on bass, this four-piece is powerful and seething, taking its time before its music erupts, like a gentle sea that is unexpectedly disrupted.
The band came together as the result of two groups, a heavy instrumental trio and an indie rock trio, merging. The music takes the best of these two worlds, combining a near-metal vibe with melodic arrangements. All four of the members write together, giving each track a strong sense of cohesion. Their style and chemistry is fully on display on I, Revere’s first EP, “The Lure of a New Harbor.”
“For any new band, the recording process can be exhilarating and scary all at the same time,” Pisano said. “You found a bunch of people you love playing and writing with, you think there is value in what you have to say, and now it’s about to turn real. You could sink, or you could succeed, and both thoughts are actually a little scary.”
“The Lure of a New Harbor” is actually a concept record, telling the story of the 12th chapter in Homer’s “The Odyssey.”
“We wanted to address the nautical feel that our music is known for, and we are also all kinda nerdy, so going back to old texts and stories is fun for us,” Pisano said.
One of the biggest challenges the band had in recording the EP was figuring out when to stop. The drop-off that occurs once the process is done is also something the members faced.
Pisano said that once the exhilaration of recording and creating fades, people can wind up feeling down. Luckily for I, Revere, that period didn’t last long. The band is already back in the studio, working on its first full-length album.
The four-piece also credited Queens for their success, due to its diverse sounds and relaxing atmosphere. While Pisano has lived in Astoria a few times and Crawford is from Jackson Heights, the group’s rehearsal studio is in the former neighborhood.
“The place you practice in is super important; we actually attribute the ability to have long rehearsals because there are so many places to relax and unwind during a session,” Pisano said.
I, Revere is set to have a busy year in 2015. Not only is the band gearing up for the full-length release of “The Return of Persephone,” but it is also set to play the South by Southwest festival, followed by a tri-state summer tour. To learn more, visit www.ireveremusic.com.
– Joe Marvilli