"I felt the weight of love, I held it in my hand...
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. This will kick off again with The International Americana Festival at Spark's Southern Fork Arena later in the year, where they will share the stage with some of the finest international artists in the genre. 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/
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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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