Now 2019 can be known as the year ‘One of Europe’s finest ‘gazer bands of the last decade'(Daily Bandcamp) finally makes their live American debut. Italian psych-shoegaze artists Rev Rev Rev (Laura Iacuzio, Sebastian Lugli, Andrea Dall’Omo and Greta Benatti) will be playing at the 2019 South by Southwest Music Festival to be held March 8th to March 17th in Austin, TX. They were named among the second wave of Showcasing Artists invited to perform at the 2019 event.
Formed in 2011 around Modena, Italy the band didnt hesitate in their idea ‘of creating a wall-of-sound….alternating psychedelic, dreamy atmospheres and loud, fuzz and driven moments.’ They received their first attention with the digital single “Catching A Buzz” featured on BBC 6 Radio and premiered on Clash Music. This led to their self titled debut album in 2013. Praised by webzines such as Sounds Better with Reverb (‘A mix of swooning numbers, psych, an over-the-top ear bleeders), it sold out 3 months after its release and was eventually reissued in the US under the Neon Sigh label.
Tours and events were to follow such as Manchester’s Cosmosis Festival headlined by the Jesus and Mary Chain and Brian Jonestown Massacre. They also had a 44 date European tour sharing the stage with likes of the Telescopes, Ringo Deathstarr and Gonajasufi. Their performances would lead them to be named as one of the best live shows in a 2015 ranking by 200 promoters and venue managers of the KeepOn Live indie network. They recently played at the Left of the Dial Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
With their history of tours and events, this appearance will mark another first. They have confirmed that SXSW will be their debut in the states adding “none of us have ever been overseas and we can’t literally wait. Also, we’d like it to be just a first step towards a future US tour. We’re very excited!”
Their last full length album released was 2016’s titled “Des fleurs magiques bourdonnaient”….one of which their song was featured on the Italogaze episode of Chill…but recently the quartet returned to the studio for a new album featuring Sergio Pomante (formerly of Ulan Bator and Lay Llmas) on drums. Speaking of the new album and the invite to the 2019 SXSW Festival they replied, “It’s a real honor and to celebrate it we’re going to play some songs off the new album for the first time.”
-source of some of the article shared from press release, interview segments by Ray DeSpinlema
Check out Rev Rev Rev’s 2019 SXSW page.