When John-Mark Lapham realised DM Stith's voice was exactly what was needed to finish a piece of music he'd been working on, neither knew the collaboration would work so well that they'd go on to strike up a partnership, name it The Revival Hour after a groundbreaking American evangelist radio show of the 1930s, and dedicate most of the next two years to investing their music with all the rousing emotion that such a name warranted.
The duo's debut EP ' Clusterchord' introduces an extraordinary fusion of panoramic and timeless sound with a thoroughly modernist and intimate feel: 60's R&B, soul, doo-wop and pop, fused together by a panoply of electronics and Stith's heavenly singing and vivid lyrical narratives: "pulp horror, comic drama, a dark cosmic pageant of chase sequences, monsters, spirits and explosions of blood," according to Stith.
'Clusterchord' will be released 5th November on Antiphon, followed by the band's debut album early next year. One of the EP's stand out tracks, ‘Pyre’, is available for free download here:
Following this EP release, The Revival Hour will then embark on their first ever UK tour, presented by Twisted Folk. Full listings as follows:
The Revival Hour Twisted Folk Tour November 2012
20th - Manchester, Band On The Wall www.bandonthewall.org / 0845 2500 500
21st - Leeds, Brudenell http://www.
jumborecords.co.uk / 0113 2455570
22nd - Liverpool, Parr St Studio 2 www.ticketweb.co.uk / 08444 771 000
23rd - Norwich Arts Centre www.norwichartscentre.
co.uk / 01603 660352
26th - Brighton, Komedia http://zazamusic.co.uk / 0845 293 8480
27th - Bristol, Louisiana www.ticketweb.co.uk
/ 0844 4771 000
28th - Exeter Phoenix www.exeterphoenix.org.
uk / 01392 667080
29th - London, Village Underground www.twistedfolk.
com / http://birdonthewire. ticketabc.com/events/twisted- folk/
30th - Oxford, Jericho http://www.alt-
Over the past five years, Twisted Folk Tours have become known for adventurous, hand-picked line-ups representing the best in modern folk and twisted popular music. They eschew the shiny and formulaic in favour of the stranger, lovelier, and more curious, bringing together artists with disparate backgrounds and influences, and fostering new collaborations and live experiences. Past tours have included London based electronic folk outfit Tunng teaming up with desert bluesman Tinariwen, Vashti Bunyan playing with Adem & Vetiver, and many more besides.
Multi instrumentalist Serafina Steer, will support The Revival Hour on this Twisted Folk tour. Produced by Jarvis Cocker, Serafina's new album ‘The Moths Are Real’ is set for release on January 7th via Stolen Recordings.
Unassuming, yet mesmerising, this album illustrates her unique musicianship and compositional daring throughout.