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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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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys.


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