We were thrilled when we saw Seryn on the schedule to showcase at the 2012 International Folk Alliance Conference. We recorded an episode of The Warm Up with them last September and it was easily one of our favorites! While the crowd was small as they started their set, the 5 piece from Denton, TX drew quite ac crowd from the folks in the hallway wandering by. By the end of the set the room had filled and the crowd was on their feet cheering!
We were actually glad the entire line-up of River City Extension did not show up for our interview – we would have never been able to fit them all into frame! Joe and Mike were more than generous with their time and we had a lot fun chatting with them! We hope that some day soon they’ll visit our River City! We could not find a video that did their Bonnaroo performance justice (even from the very back of the audience we could feel their energy!) so we grabbed a vid from another show to share with you! Also, check out their Daytrotter Session!
River City Extension was born restless, curious, and conscious. It is a monster and a gentleman. Formed by singer-songwriter Joe Michelini in the fall of 2007, the band has proved to be an important addition to the development of independent folk music, and has earned the respect of everyone from seasoned punk rockers to Brit-pop legends.
After spending years building an invaluable local following as a solo artist, Joe’s moniker became a symbol of hope for musicians in his hometown of Toms River, NJ; like lost souls, the members of River City Extension were drawn to each other. Taking a year and a half to carefully finalize their line-up, the band went into the studio to record their DIY EP, Nautical Sabbatical. The record was self-released on January 1st of 2009, and they had no other option than to hit the road.
Be it Joe by himself, with one member, two members, or five, River City Extension toured diligently across the North-East and the Midwest, just hoping that someone would listen to the call of their wild, insatiable need to play, write, feel, and inspire. By the winter of 2010, their dream was beginning to come true.
The band had started to record their full-length album The Unmistakable Man, with no budget, no plan, and a lot of faith. As word began to spread, they found themselves supporting bands like Cake, Robert Randolph, and The Avett Brothers, in and out of their home state. Near the end of production, the band signed a deal with XOXO Records (The Gaslight Anthem, Let Me Run), and shortly there after blasted the press with what would be the new flagship of this venerable Asbury Park punk label. The Unmistakable Man was released on May 11th, 2010 with national distribution and international promise. RCE quickly garnered the attention of important music outlets such as Paste, Spin, and NPR, as well as being validated by timeless international performers such as Glenn Tilbrook of the band Squeeze, who would later make a cameo on the vinyl release of the bands first LP.
Now, River City Extension is growing up. With one national tour under their belt, countless regional tours, and a slew of new material, the fabric of these eight east-coast pioneers has been sewn to the highways of America in a way that cannot be torn, seen, stepped on, or fully understood. It is growing, it is evolving, and it is seeking the best and the worst in all of us, in hopes that we will find a common ground on which to stand with our fellow man; in hopes of writing an anthem that we can strap across our hearts and sing together with pride and understanding.
Colour Revolt have their roots in Oxford,MS, but we like to claim them these days as one of our favorite Memphis musicians, Snowglobe’s Luke White, has joined the touring band.
Colour Revolt first visited Ardent Studios to record an episode of The Ardent Sessions. That episode of our podcast ended up being one of the popular shows we have ever recorded, so it was great to have our old friends back at Ardent Studios to record a few songs for our new, improved podcast – The Warm Up at Ardent Studios ! When founding members Jesse Coppenbarger and Sean Kirkpatrick stripped down their songs for this session, they sounded amazing.
Colour Revolt is playing at The Hitone tonight AFTER Beale Street Music Fest in Memphis! Go early to see the Grizzlies game!
Check out our podcast to hear some outstanding live tunes! Feel free to download The Warm Up at Ardent Studios with Colour Revolt podcast! It’s a free Memphis music download from us to you!
Pretty much every band in history has had internal conflict, or members leave over some such inter-band strife. Not every band is able to push past that and create some of their most personal and cohesive material to date. Two years after the release of their full length 2008 debut, Colour Revolt –core members Jesse Coppenbarger and Sean Kirkpatrick — return with their sophomore album “The Cradle.”
“The Cradle” is unashamedly candid, and Coppenbarger and Kirkpatrick have no problem pulling back the curtain on the band’s past life and skeletons. In songs like “8 Years” and “Our Names,” the band explores new areas of their songwriting, while their storytelling style vents through personal issues and finds characters like “Carol” in “Reno.” They reveal the private moments of a life on tour and at home in “8 Years,” while the guitars in “She Don’t Talk” mirror Television and Elvis Costello. Brooks Tipton (keys) and Kirkpatrick’s ethereal tones swirl in the background of woven harmonies in the dynamic, pounding march of “Heartbeat” and “Mona Lisa.” Vocal harmonies, infectious melodies, and incessant drums pervade throughout the entire record. It’s evident that Coppenbarger and Kirkpatrick are finding the pulse of honest, brutal songwriting.
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Thinking back on recording our Ardent Session with the Colour Revolt, it really sunk in to me how incredible it is that there is a place as successful and still happening as Ardent that is willing to do something as modern as the Ardent Sessions. I have had the pleasure of playing three Ardent Sessions, first with Antenna Shoes then later with Jeffrey James and the Haul, both Memphis based bands, and most recently with the Colour Revolt, whose members are scattered across the mid south.
When I heard that the Colour Revolt were going to be able to do an Ardent Session, I started gushing to all the guys in the band about how incredible a studio Ardent is and how much fun it is getting to walk around and just look at all the incredible recording gear not to mention albums and artists that have all come through those halls doing exactly what we’ve come there to do. It might have been that we had been on the road for nearly three months, but I definitely felt proud to be able to share the experience with some musicians I respect and that I know also appreciate what Ardent has to offer.