15 Dec 2018
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Aaron Carpenter and The Revelators - Album Review: Pretty Lies

13 Aug 2017 // A review by Kerry Monaghan

Bluesy, gritty and honest with plenty of swag best describes Aaron Carpenter and The Revelators’ debut album, Pretty Lies.

The quintet hail from Waiheke Island, also known as "wine island", only a ferry ride away from the bright lights of Auckland.

Recorded in a barn with one of NZ’s pioneer producers, Nick Abbott, the nine -track debut is brimming with soul and is the kind of music that captures your attention within those opening chords.

The first thing I noticed was the superb sound and clarity. Vocalist, Aaron Carpenter has a real depth and soul to his voice and it emanates loud and clear on every track. Straight off the bat, opening track, Pretty Lies is a straightforward crunchy, riff driven number, it has that kind of one-drink-in-your-hand live onstage, kind of swag and it’s perfect.

There is an attractive gritty rawness to the vibe of this album, with soft harmony and melody ever present, you can feel the connection, its emotions. With a sound that is uniquely theirs, at times I am reminded of American Rock and Blues Jam band, JJ Grey and Mofro, another band I hold in high regard in the Rock and Blues genre.

A breath of fresh air in a genre that is forever timeless, Pretty Lies is an album you must hear, and if you’re completely new to the genre, let this be your first discovery.

 

About Aaron Carpenter and The Revelators

Aaron Carpenter has a gift for articulating the plight of the downtrodden and misunderstood. A knack for stepping inside his fellow man’s boots and feeling the wear on the sole, the caked dirt between the treads, and the permanent awkwardness of the fit. This insight keeps listeners riveted throughout as The Revelators report back on the lot of small-town lifers, neglected love veterans, and the invisible homeless with both sympathy and a burning curiosity. By his own admission, the songwriter turns more inward and that means the blues, music he credits as “the commonest of human experience, perhaps the only thing that we all truly share.” If Carpernter is correct, the blues aren’t merely a condition but rather the human condition.




Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Aaron Carpenter and The Revelators

Releases

Pretty Lies
Year: 2017
Type: Album

Other Reviews By Kerry Monaghan

The Jordan Luck Band - Gig Review: Jordan Luck Band & Ekko Park @ Cosmopolitan Club, Pukekohe - 4/08/2018
11 Aug 2018 // by Kerry Monaghan
The last date in The Jordan Luck Band and Ekko Park tour came to a blinding end at Pukekohe’s Cosmopolitan Club. With the average demographic well into the forties and fifties (with a smattering of us in the younger generations) it was a night that rocked, whatever your age was.
Read More...
Deathnir - Album Review: Second Sin
09 Jul 2018 // by Kerry Monaghan
Deathnir (pronounced Death Near) are a four-piece thrash outfit from Hamilton and have recently released their long awaited second release, Second Sin. For anyone familiar with Deathnir's sound, you’d know that their musical influences are everything that is good in the world of metal; Megadeth, Metallica, Judas Priest etc, and while you might be thinking that anyone who tries their hand at thrash metal might just be ripping off said artists, a carbon copy of noise, well your kind of wrong.
Read More...
Album Review: Skinny Hobos
30 May 2018 // by Kerry Monaghan
After what seems like a decade of waiting in anticipation for the debut album from New Zealand’s favourite Rock duo, the wait is no more! Skinny Hobos have been a common house hold name in the world of Rock in the last few years, and unless you live under a rock, they have quite a solid reputation for working themselves ragged gigging around our fine shores to quench the thirst of bogans, rockers, metal heads, and well, pretty much everyone and everything in between, because if you haven’t yet heard the news, Skinny Hobos really are that good.
Read More...
Mild Orange - Album Review: Foreplay
01 May 2018 // by Kerry Monaghan
If there was one sentence that summed up Mild Orange’s sound and choice of name, it would be this, in their own words: ‘The colour orange can cause one to experience a heightened sense of optimism, a boost in aspiration, and a stimulation of warmth and happiness’  Mild Orange are a self-confessed melting pot of eclectic melodies, energy and vibrancy with smooth sounds. Hailing from Dunedin and formed by early childhood friends, Josh Mehrtens and Josh Reid, they were quickly catapulted into the music scene after only one gig together, which soon lead to a NYE set at Rhythm and Vines during the recording of their debut album, Foreplay, which leads us here.
Read More...
Enter Venus - Single Review: I'm Gonna Getcha
26 Apr 2018 // by Kerry Monaghan
Enter Venus is a recently created, original solo project by an Auckland based musician, Erik Graham. First off, Enter Venus is labelled as 'Sinister Rock' a brilliant genre term because it’s exactly that.
Read More...
Solo Ono - EP Review: Rogue Planet
28 Mar 2018 // by Kerry Monaghan
Solo Ono are a Wellington two piece (and the occasional three-piece) indulging in some no-frills garage post pop with synth overtones, creating their own sound. Having been six years since their self-titled 2012 debut, Solo Ono have finally broken the drought with a new EP release- Rogue Planet.
Read More...
Thomas Oliver - Album Review: Live at the Crystal Palace
21 Mar 2018 // by Kerry Monaghan
Thomas Oliver has been around for some time, and if you haven’t ever heard of him, where have you been all these years? It’s time you take note and listen.
Read More...
How To Human - Single Review: Devil in Your Pocket
06 Mar 2018 // by Kerry Monaghan
How to Human are a four-piece rock assault hailing from Wellington, ready to unleash their edgy rock on unsuspecting audiences. Pushing the limits musically and lyrically, Devil in Your Pocket is their debut single, and from the first listen, it’s crisp and exciting.
Read More...
View All Articles By Kerry Monaghan

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • THANK U, NEXT
    Ariana Grande
  • SHALLOW
    Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper
  • SHOTGUN
    George Ezra
  • WITHOUT ME
    Halsey
  • SWEET BUT PSYCHO
    Ava Max
  • SUNFLOWER
    Post Malone And Swae Lee
  • SICKO MODE
    Travis Scott feat. Drake
  • BETTER
    Khalid
  • HAPPIER
    Marshmello And Bastille
  • WHEN THE PARTY'S OVER
    Billie Eilish
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem