Reverend Leon and The Repenters is composed of members Richard Hill, Frank Smiley, Lisa Gibson, Scotty Gibson, Charles Pate and Matt Bethea. The band originates from Allen,Texas and has been making music together since 2011. Just one year later their debut EP entitled The Proposal was self released. Combining a unique blend from bluegrass, country, pop and rock the band creates a dirty southern pop sound. The six track EP provides a generous half hour of quality tunes. Get your dancing boots on and jam along to the swinging drum beats and guitar riffs of The Repenter's EP.
The six tracks are few, but generous in their entertainment value. Following in suit of other country hits, each track is uniquely titled and tells its own story. The EP kicks off with a hopeful, bright country pop song entitled "The Proposal”. One of the most enjoyable qualities of this song and many others are the male and female vocal harmonies.
It's almost if you could feel the positive energy through your headphones that this band radiates as they jam in the studio. The band may have a collective influence of sounds, but they create a unique off-country blend that is all their own. Not too twangy, not too sweet, their off-beat name accurately describes their musical mission.
I'm sure one of the most requested songs at the bar is the second track "Bonnie & Clyde". The song is a swinging , boot stomping good time. Crack a beer, grab your partner and and don't stop moving. "I Do" reverts to the country/pop genre while "Restraining Order" revolves around the topic that is in the title. The band closes with an upbeat, fast paced song entitled "Swing". The band delivers some solid instrumental action here.
The EP is far from perfect and is often predictable but all things considered they deliver.This six piece band compliments each other well, and their skilled instrumental play put the icing on the cake. Listening to The Proposal was a treat. Reverend Leon and The Repenters plans on releasing a full length album in 2015. Be prepared for more of their bluesy country sound, they are sure to be around for awhile!
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