Revel In Dimes is a four-piece band comprised of Eric Simons (guitar), Washington Duke (drums), Kia Warren (vocals) and Chris Waller (bass). The band is relatively new but wasn’t even fully formed when they recorded their first release entitled The Parlour. That’s why it surprised me when I took a listen to what sounded like seasoned pros playing soulful delta blues type music. The band is tight and Warren is an exceptional vocalist who seems like she was born to sing this style of music.
The album starts off with “Shame” which is a great opener that contains wicked guitar, trudging drums, a steady bass and a good dose of attitude. This is the type of music that thrives in small dive bars that stay open till four o'clock in the morning. I should point out that while Warren's vocals are center stage the vocal harmonies added a lot to the song.
The band keeps the energy going with “Dead & Gone.” It starts with a distorted bass and a steady kick, which provides the canvas, which Warren sings upon. The chorus is damn near anthemic and feels huge. I loved the dynamics throughout the song - from Warren's vocals to the soaring chorus - this is the type of song with a roller coaster like energy.
Up next is “Desert Song” which was apparently written in about an hour. You could have fooled me because the song feels fleshed out with multiple parts. As with the first song the vocal harmonies, which are sparingly used, add a lot to the song by emphasizing certain sections. “Last Breath” has a similar vibe to “Radar Love” while “You Gotta Go” is a swampy tune that I think has contention for being played right after you break up with someone.
The five songs on this EP seem to fly by when you are listening to them in a sequential order. There aren't lulls and never found myself twiddling my thumbs waiting for the next moment. It's a fluid, seamless listen and that in itself is something that makes it worth some of your time.
It’s really hard to believe this EP was made only three months into the band's inception. I am eagerly anticipating what Revel in Dimes is going to deliver next.
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