New Album Septober Nowonder
available from July 2nd 1999.
Horse of a Different Colour
released Ireland August 1997
The Revenants came slowly together in late 1992. Singer/Songwriter Stephen Ryan had formerly been in the near legendary Dublin band "Stars of Heaven" who released two albums in the late 1980's on the Rough trade label. The Stars had considerable indie success in the U.K. where DJ John Peel had called them his favourite band. They recorded three sessions for his programme one of which became their debut album "Sacred Heart Hotel" released on Virgin in France. Their second album was "Speak Slowly" produced by Stephen Street in 1987. The band broke up after recording some sessions (Which remain unreleased) with their hero Mitch Easter.Stephen's song writing partner in the Stars was Stan Erraught who later formed the Sewing Room who released an album "And Nico" on Irish indie label Dead Elvis in 1996 which also became available on MusiDisc in France.
12 songs of love, loss, drinking and love lost through drinking
The album was recorded on an 8 track machine with producer/engineer Chris O'Brien. "I think we would have lost a lot of the performances by dissecting them and spending , say 10 days getting the drum tracks done."
"Most of the songs are love songs of one kind of another" reflects Stephen with the benefit of hindsight. "They were written out of a necessity rather then sitting down and calculatingly writing a song". The songs are populated by ordinary people battling with daily existence in an everyday manner, the delicate melodies set against Stephen's fragile voice.
Indeed the albums liberal sprinkling of alcohol related songs "The drinking side of me", "Let's get falling down drunk" were proved to have been written in the first person when on a number of Irish dates the bands guitarist Doug was unable to stay vertical throughout the gig and during the first song of the set "Let's get falling down" preceded to do exactly that and indeed stayed on the floor for the rest of the show.
Also guesting on the album is vocalist Eileen Gogan who sings on two tracks "Capercailye" and "Wiliam Byrd". Eileen was formerly singer with other Peel favourites