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When asked about the geographic revival of classic rock, a flat, windswept suburb of Dallas, Texas isn’t the first location that comes to mind. But up-and-coming rock and roll band the Revenant is changing that, even as they make the pilgrimage to Nashville, Tennessee this coming summer, alongside their two new records. The band formerly known as Revolution, now carrying the name The Revenant as an homage to the reviving of this wide-range genre, isn’t trying to copy and paste styles from their influences like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and ACDC. Rather, breathing in that inspiration, they emerge with a fresh take on classic rock, thanks to lead singer Bailey Daniels’ raspy, soul-inspired vocals, wailing on tracks like “Area 51” and “Song in F.” Daniels demands attention with her gritty, raw power, working in tandem with lead guitarist Travis Fairley, whose original riffs and laid-back shredding lead the band through urgent melodies. Nathan Torma rounds out the low end on bass, inspired by punk and metal, adding yet another layer of flavor to the sound, while drummer Thomas Dickerson flicks his wrists with the technique of a trained drummer and the ease of an old pro. As someone who’s partied with these four talented musicians, the Revenant lives and breathes rock and roll, emphasizing all the notorious aspects we love to glamorize. But there’s also a true sense of dedication from this band, felt in their emotionally charged lyrics which often deal with change and metamorphosis, as well as their sonic strength, carried by the energy of the group itself. It was once said that good artists borrow, great artists steal; but the only thing the Revenant is stealing is your breath, with their original style and infectious camaraderie, and you can expect this group to be going places very, very soon. – Written by Daisy Sellas

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