Revolushn At Molly Malone’s, Saturday November 25th 2017
It’s good sometimes to go out of your usual habitat, and on Saturday night, instead of visiting the Echo, Echoplex, Satellite, Bootleg, I ventured on the West side of Los Angeles, to see San Francisco’s psychedelic band Revolushn, at the Irish Pub Molly Malone’s.
The first thing that I can say is that this is a band which knows how to entertain on stage, and their frontman, who goes under the simple but direct moniker ‘NO’, had a funny and dynamic presence. Despite his high-hat and sunglasses, he could have looked like Van Morrison going to a mad hatter party, while he was constantly bouncing over the wall of guitars and wah-pedals.
At the first songs, Revolushn’s sound was sprawling like a Pink Floyd number with guitar solos escaping in all directions, shimmering keys and No’s bawling and strong vocals, or they could rock like a classic R&B machine on acid. It often ended into a sonic madness dominated by guitars, keys delicately played by the charming Schubert Ola, and DeKay’s powerful and elegant drumming,… but I should really add that DeKay (real name Dave Kendrick) used to drum for Devo (1987–1991, 1996–2004) and No (real name Frank Schubert, or is it?) has worked and played guitar with artists such as Devo, Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart. These guys have been around and their band Revolushn, which has now two albums under its belt, ‘Further!!’(released this year) and ‘The Freshman’ (released in 2016), is now ready for the spotlights.
Their style was quite eclectic and they certainly had good rocking bluesy grooves that would have made everyone’s butt shake, sometimes delivered with the furor and panicky tone of punk (‘The Man Who Knew Everything’) or psychedelic slow burners, like ‘You Will Go’, and even a more simple and hooky tune like ‘The River’. ‘Dog Gets High’ was rocking hard like something of Eagles of Death Metal coming through a San Francisco fog and plenty of weed vapors, while ‘White Fire’ was all wobbling jazzy keyboard thanks to a special guest replacing Ola for a song…. And with all these titles and their space-theme, I should have seen this coming, The Flaming Lips frontman himself, Wayne Coyne, plays guitar on their first album ‘The Freshman’.
A Revolushn show is a trip to the Moon, or Mars, or elsewhere, with plenty of action, guitars roaring into rock history and time, a funny and lively frontman blasting powerful riffs and moves. ‘Revolushn is an American Protest Band’, you can read on their website, and if there was a few allusions to politics during the set, you may get a better sense of their protest-through-madness by watching their video for ‘Dinosaurs’ on their Youtube channel, as their revolution seems to be happening with a lot of humor and creativity. They are a mad bunch, as inspired by glam rock, punk and 80s electronica as they are by their own brand of out-of space weirdness, their free-spirited attitude and a desire to be heard no matter what.
Time + Travel = Time
Weird Little Minds
The Man Who Knew Everything
Fly me to the Moon
You Will Go
Dogs Gets High
Martian Shanty Town
Suck it Up
All is As It should Be