Meet the teens set to take the UK indie scene by storm

Written by: Charlotte Bredael

Revivalry are the female fronted indie-rock group planning to take over the UK music scene. With an average age of just 13, these Cleethorpes based teens have already landed impressive gig and festival performance opportunities since they formed in 2019, all while still in school.

I sat down with Connie, Ben and Lewis who make up Revivalry to discover more about this breakthrough band and how they plan to take the industry by storm, which you can read all about below.

Let’s start at the very beginning, how do you all know each other and what inspired you to come together as a band?

We all go to the same school but hardly knew each other before. Ben (guitar) and Lewis (drums) got together through mutual friends and started jamming. They then saw Connie perform in a school concert so when they needed vocals they knew who to ask! Revivalry took shape.

You have an effortlessly cool indie rock sound, who are your main inspirations?

We all have our own taste but in general : Arctic Monkeys, Green Day, Stereophonics, Black Sabbath, Slaves, The Cranberries.

You said that your band formed in late 2019 and you were supposed to be performing at Kendal Calling last weekend. It seems you’ve managed to land some impressive performance opportunities very early on in your journey as a band, what’s your secret?

We work very hard each week to include all of our ideas to make great songs. It’s helpful to start with small gigs and work your way up because you never know who is watching. Which is a great lesson – we were offered Kendal Calling because we were playing a gig at the Fringe of an arts festival. Unbeknown to us the founder of Kendal walked passed, stopped for a listen and liked what he heard. The next day we got the offer – Always play your best!

Despite your mature sound, have you faced any barriers with getting your music out there or booking gigs because of how young you are?

On a couple of occasions venues have turned us down due to our age but most have been fine. Sometimes it even helps that we have a “cute factor”. At other times people hear us first and then are shocked when they see us at how young we are.

If each of you could collaborate with any artist, who would you pick and why?

Connie: Arctic Monkeys because they diversify a lot but retain their authentic sounds.

Ben: Metallica as their energy and musicianship is amazing.

Lewis: Slaves due to their onstage presence which is spellbinding

Do you have any recommendations for other up-and-coming artists that we should all be listening to?

Connie (Miles) has a solo project which has a very different sound to Revivalry and is definitely worth checking out. Besides that it’s difficult to pick one or two out as we have had so much love and support from so many bands. The new UK scene is buzzing right now so we recommend listening to Graeme Booth on Radio West Fife and Shiner Sam on Radio Free Matlock. All of which support us and lots of other young artists.

You can check out Revivalry’s addictively gritty indie-rock discography on Spotify below and make sure to give them a follow on social media as this definitely isn’t the last you’ll be hearing from these Cleethorpes rockers.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/revivalryband

Twitter: https://twitter.com/revivalryband

Instagram: https://instagram.com/revivalryband

The Soft Shades – Interview

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I started to learn accordion at age of 6 and graduated from musical school, but real passion to music came later. The music, which inspired me to learn how to play guitar was power metal bands Blind Guardian and Helloween.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

The music I have listened when grew up changed during the years, but most of the time I listen metal and rock. As I stated before, I have started to listen power metal like Blind Guardian, Helloween, Grave Digger and great old rock bands – Deep Purple and Pink Floyd. During the next several years I have listened a big variety of metal bands, from death and black metal underground bands to successful ‘mainstream’ bands like Korn and Disturbed. I believe, that all music that you really like and listen to a lot of time impacts your own art, but my top influences are In Flames, Meshuggah and Paradise Lost.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I’m playing and writing music for 15 years now.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I have played live gigs with my bands in a past, but now I’m focused on studio work and don’t play live.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Actually, there was a lot of great moments in performing and writing music. My favorite moment I think is the moment when I am finished song/album with which I’m satisfied.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/thesoftshades

Bandcamp – http://thesoftshades.bandcamp.com/

Soundcloud – http://soundcloud.com/the-soft-shades