Review: Winchester Revival – Eyes In The Canopy

Winchester Revival hail from East Bay, California and are assembled from the “dust and sparks of other bands past” and there is certainly more than an essence of hard-grafting, heavy-gigging indie rockers being portrayed on ‘Eyes In The Canopy’. The four songs on their new EP draw from the annals of LA 70’s pop, post-punk and prog and are played with the conviction and intensity of a live performance.

Winchester Revival Album Cover

‘Chemical Yellow’ sets the scene with epic, widescreen rock, reminiscent of the early work of The Stills. From early impressions it appears that these guys don’t “do” subtle but ‘Matterhorn’ does actually take a slightly more understated approach. Elegant synth washes build up a quietly mysterious atmosphere on the verses and even though the chorus is strident and breast-beating, “WinRev” (to give them their abbreviated name) are canny enough to make the contrast work and it’s the best track on here. The strangest track, however, is ‘Wonderland’ where the 1980’s style guitars take the song in one direction but the intense delivery of lyrics such as “so fucking hungry all the time” push the song to an almost contradictory raucous, punk-ish destination. Then ‘Submarine Bell’ ends the EP in incendiary fashion but for all the crisp cymbal thrashing and howled vocals, it’s an overly proggy ending to a promising EP.

One could imagine Winchester Revival being a great act on the live front with their no-holds barred delivery. On record, they sound like a collection of earnest indie rockers with no intention of following any trends or satisfying demographics but based on the material from ‘Eyes In The Canopy’ that’s definitely something to admire them for.

Web Sites:
Winchester Revival Bandcamp

Further Listening:
(early) U2, The Mission, The Stills

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