Although an iconic venue in Glasgow, renowned across the UK for its intimacy and magic, the stage in King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut is not the largest. So you can imagine the worry and confusion of trying to fit seven talented musicians onto there for a whole set. Yet Revere managed just fine.

The seven-piece, all hailing from different parts of the country from Orkney to London, took their relative positions and then the breath of the Glasgwegian crowd away. With a cellist and violinist as part of the outfit, you’d be forgiven for thinking you would be treated to some acoustic folk. Not so. Revere offer dark and driving tunes, clearly influenced by Joy Division – though marginally less melancholy.

They opened with” I Won’t Blame You”, with a piano-led, down-tempo intro to ease the crowd in before crashing into a louder, fast-paced yet still haunting track. Singer Stephen Ellis’ vocal sits on the same line as Ian Curtis and Tom Smith, and the song itself is reminiscent of something used to advertise “autumn drama on the BBC” or something similar. It definitely has chart appeal. Next number “Keep This Channel Open” is a much more upbeat affair, despite the slightly stalkerish lyrics “we’re with you when you hide, with you every night.” A catchy riff and a pretty cool art-house style projection in the background ensured the crowd was captivated by this one.

High points of the set included Ellis taunting the crowd with a red light, pointing it randomly and aimlessly at punters halfway through the night. Imagery was a big part of the evening, between red lights and projected backgrounds to Kathleen McKie’s beautifully crafted electric cello and the slightly-smarter-than-Mumford-and-Sons dress-sense.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening, marked by the sheer professionalism of Revere – their playing was tight and together, the stage was set beautifully and everything went off to a tee. And that’s before mentioning the brilliant renditions of both past songs and treats from their forthcoming album.

With their epic and haunting sound, it’s a wonder Revere aren’t playing larger stages to a more mass audience.

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