"I felt the weight of love, I held it in my hand...
'Gun Smoke Girl' will get you moving, with a chorus that was instantly in my head. The very restrained and tasteful harmonica in the slower boil of 'The Highway' is beautiful. A light touch of organ in the background is perfectly done - a good blues album is never without it. 'Never Hungry Long' is a massive anthem, which will sit perfectly in your playlists of over five minute rock and country tunes - ripping guitar solos, and that ever present huge rhythm section. - Second Hand News ( FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT )
Aaron Carpenter & The Revelators
(North Western Records)
Aaron Carpenter & The Revelators rock. In an age where music production software means you don't have to have a musical bone in your body to compose or create music, it's rather refreshing to hear something that has its roots in the blood, sweat and tears of mastering how to play an instrument. Carpenter is a guitarist well-schooled in the blues. Urban myth has it that he used to sneak into famed Ponsonby venue The Gluepot and get on stage with local blues legends such as Midge Marsden long before he re-emerged on Waiheke Island with The Revelators and their raw self-titled 2015 EP. The riff is king on Pretty Lies, which brings the soulful harmonies of Nikki Ngatai to the fore on songs such as the dark and seductive Gunsmoke Girl, the swampy fire of Never Hungry Long and the chorus of the climactic blues rouser Werewolf, but it's their blistering cover of Led Zeppelin's When The Levee Breaks that reminds you the most that this is a classic album that flows and rises against the current.
Mike Alexander SUNDAY STAR TIMES
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A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL INVOLVED. The Revelators would like to acknowledge Sophia Faalogo (BV arrangements) , Rawinia Salmon and Mervena McLelland for their stellar work on the Backing Vocals alongside Nikki Ngatai on this record. The initial reviews are superb but overlook some amazing harmony added to the album by all four women to give the record it's beauty amongst the grit
All Photography By Blair Quax
Aaron Carpenter has a gift for articulating the plight of the downtrodden and misunderstood. A knack for stepping inside his fellow man’s boots and feeling the wear on the sole, the caked dirt between the treads, and the permanent awkwardness of the fit.This insight keeps listeners riveted throughout as The Revelators report back on the lot of small-town lifers, neglected love veterans, and the invisible homeless with both sympathy and a burning curiosity.
Since then, Aaron Carpenter & The Revelators have become an integral part of New Zealand’s steadily growing Americana Scene, which has thrown the likes of Tami Neilson and Marlon Williams into international spotlight, and has seen the band perform at Spark Arena’s Southern Fork Americana Festival alongside names such as Robert Ellis and Hayes Carll. They’ve recently recorded their forthcoming album in a barn on Waiheke Island with producer Nick Abbot (Robert Plant and The Datsuns), which conjours up a raw rock incarnation of their deep-seated country and blues sound. The first single from this album is the grinding, swampy rock song, “Pretty Lies”, set to be released digitally on June 16, 2017.
By his own admission, the Waiheke Island based songwriter turns more inward and that means the blues and country music, music he credits as “the commonest of human experience, perhaps the only thing that we all truly share.” His Revelators are none other than a veteran gaggle of hot shot musicians that round out a barreling dark and noir sound.
Their live performances equally reminiscent for lovers of The Bad Seeds, Tom Waits, The Cruel Sea et al. It’s the classic collection of songs he’s taking his whole life to write and finality will be a stroke of genuine relief. As he champions in one of the country/rock songs from the release – “Forgiving yourself is the hardest thing” ….
The Revelators release their debut album "Pretty Lies' in 2017 before heading out on their national tour. The band look forward to a busy touring schedule that will hopefully land them in international waters and unleashing their brooding live show.
Their show is a formidable set of well honed and dramatic songs brought to life onstage. Augmenting their rolling sound with extra live percussion wielded by vocalist Nikki Ngatai and guitarist Derek Solomon. This sits atop an elastic rhythm section consisting of drummer Miles Gillett and bassist Lee Catlin. In true homage to Tom Waits the band encompass a junkyard processional element to songs like Gun Smoke Girl, that sits to great dramatic effect while Carpenter howls out a tale of woe in toil like a drunk tank savior.
The Revelators: Drums - Miles Gillett | Bass , Keys - Lee Catlin | Guitar, Percussion, Vocals - Derek Solomon | Vocals, Keys - Nikki Ngatai | Lead Vocals, Guitar - Aaron Carpenter |
The Revelators warm up show "Pretty Lies"
Aaron Carpenter Supporting Blind Boy Paxton, ( US) Bluesman, at Sparks Southern Fork Arena 2017
The Revelators at "Southern Americana Festival 2015" - The Tuning Fork
The Revelator's Live at Q Theatre 2015 - "The Ocean"
The Revelators tracking their first E.P. May 2015
Pre-Order our first single "Pretty Lies" - Out June 16th
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Radio New Zealand
Listen on Radio NZ National with Jesse Mulligan - Aaron Carpenter And The Revelators was featured on Radio NZ National with Jesse Mulligan, Friday 13th November 2015 as part of the media release for the E.P. 'The Hardest Thing"
Interview with Marty Duda of the 13th Floor - Aaron Carpenter stopped by the 13th Floor to talk to Marty Duda about his upcoming new album and to play a couple of songs. Never Hungry Long is from his 2015 EP, The Hardest Thing, while Pretty Lies will appear on the new album due for release in 2017
The Dominion Post - “The album in 2017 will be an absolute smash if this teaser album is anything to go by. It’s brash, illuminating, exceedingly well recorded, and authentic considering it was recorded in a barn on Waiheke Island.”
Colin Morris, The Dominion Post 2015
NZ Musician - "Carpenter’s canny vocal phrasing and the serene backing vocals carry the listener through a storyline of heartbreak, isolation and rebellion. The opening guitar line hints of Tom Petty’s Mary Jane’s Last Dance but soon grows into so much more."
Revelators Revitalized - " http://www.waihekegulfnews.co.nz/aaron-carpenter-revelators-revitalised/
Ambient Light Blog - " http://www.ambientlightblog.com/aaron-carpenter-revelators-release-new-single/
Second Hand News - " http://www.secondhandnews.nz/
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May 10th - The Revelators have engaged Wood Lane PR to handle all media duties for the Pretty Lies record.
July 7th - The Revelators release "Pretty Lies" to radio and online worldwide via all digital distributors. Links to the song will be available shortly.
July 29th - The video for Pretty Lies will be released. Made my film-maker Amber Beaton. Tour details will be released shortly and where tickets can be purchased.
Aug 4th - " Pretty Lies" album release and National NZ Tour - Auckland/Wellington/Christchurh
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