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The Revisionists

The Revisionists

(Loveless; US: 24 Jun 2008; UK: Unavailable)

Featuring members of the mid-‘90s post-grunge Seattle band Tonic, the Revisionists formed out of a mutual respect for the Jam, the Clash, and the like. As such, their debut record is based in simple progressions, standard guitar sounds, and recycled choruses. There is nothing remarkable about the album outside of its dedication to the seldom-revered pop radio aspirations of late ‘70s punk. Taken at face value, it’s nice enough, but ultimately derivative, repetitive, and easily forgettable. Sloan has made several infinitely superior records of a similar ilk since the early ‘90s, perhaps with a little more Beatles influence to them, and still nobody has heard of them outside of Canada. From the bits of studio chatter and energy on this eponymous premiere, the Revisionists seem like decent people having a ball making a record. I wish them the best, but I can’t see this effort getting them anywhere rewarding.

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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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