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Green Monkey Records May 2016 Album of the Month

Green Monkey Records
May 2016 Album of the Month

By Tom Dyer

For our May AotM, I am super pleased to feature Industrial Revelation, with selections from their 2 CD set Liberation & the Kingdom of Nri. In this writer’s opine, these guys are the best band in Seattle. Nurmero Uno. They were my number 2 album for the year in 2015 behind The Sonics and that ain’t small potatoes, no sir. I’ve written about them a couple places before and will include that stuff below, but rest assured these gentlemen can get in a room and make it happen. I really love their recordings but they are a super live band and I tell you go see them. They will be playing at Rhythm and Rye here in Olytown this coming Friday, May 20 and you know I will be there.

Dec 26, 2015 – GMR – TD Top 10 Albums: The closest I’ve come to seeing these guys is finding a couple cases of their last CD “Oak Head” on the sidewalk and making sure they got back to them. I kept a copy (they said ok) and thought it was pretty cool. Have tried to go see them a couple times but since they got The Stranger Genius Award they pack out and I ain’t got in. Which brings us to this very fine album. I got it a few weeks ago and I still don’t completely know what I think of it. But I do know I really like it. These guys are considered jazzbos but I’m not even sure that quite describes it. There are definitely serious chops here but there is a prevailing sense of order that somehow seems different to me. At points it is rather grand – cinematic. It is not particularly avant garde or dissonant (which I tend to favor) though some of that intellect seems to inform this. At points it is super groovin’ like on Grace Love’s guest vocal on “First Dance.” Maybe this is just what jazz has become through the filter of thirty years of hip hop and popular music. I dig it.

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Posted to Facebook Jan 3, 2016. “I went out and saw Industrial Revelation (for the first time) last night at Nuemos. This is a great band, at the height of their powers. The ease and beauty of their interaction is a wonderful thing to behold. It is effortless and highly pleasurable. They are each gifted musicians who have been playing together for ten years and know each other well. They clearly enjoy each other’s company.

I put their new album, Liberation & the Kingdom of Nri, at #2 on my Top Ten of 2015. I had a tricky time defining what they do. If you look at their own description on their bandcamp site, it fits the tricky mold. Their ephemeral nature comes into focus seeing them live. Ahamefule on the trumpet is almost like a rhythm guitar player in a rock band. He holds the basic line for many tunes and shapes it thru tonal and dynamic variation and to a lesser degree melodic variation. This leaves a ton of space for Josh on Fender Rhodes, who is living the wah-wah life. On top of his Rhodes is a stack of guitar pedals that he manipulates by hand. It is rare that that you hear a straight Rhodes sound coming from the stage – rather is a constantly changing wash of melodic time and space. D’Vonne is not a traditional jazz drummer in the sense of carrying time on the ride cymbal, snare is king – at points he just rocks four on the floor. Like his compatriots, his chops are super and he can go from a straight groove to open air accenting without a thought. Evan has monster chops like the rest, but also brings a sense of pure joy to his playing that is simply uplifting. As I watched him play, I thought, at that moment, there was no place more beautiful to be than inside his rapture.

If you can see this band, do. The band I watched last night was as good as any band I have seen in my life and I’ve seen a lot of them. Magnificent!”

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Industrial Revelation Rhythm & Rye Performance Review

Review of Industrial Revelation’s CD Release performance at Rhythm & Rye on April 10th
Written by Dick Metcalf

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The occasion was the release of their new CD (soon to be reviewed here in our review pages)… BUT, it wasn’t “just another” release… a truly historic one, especially for our favorite Olympia venue, Rhythm & Rye… because the four mind-walloping tunes on this CD were actually RECORDED here (that’s a first for our friend Andy Geertsen if I’m not mistaken).  The performances were (as always) top-flight & full of energy… check out the heavy-duty quartet action by clicking the link  Ahamefule J. Oluo’s ‘End of Courtesy‘… this is a LIVE capture, by the way… & they were at the TOP of their game, no doubt you’ll agree  Heck, even their WARMUP tune was fantastic, don’cha’ know?

The set got a slightly late start (around 10:30 or so), but they were right off with best feet forward as soon as they setup… The players in this award-winning group are D’Vonne Lewis on drums; Evan Flory-Barnes on bass; Ahamefule J. Oluo doing trumpet & Josh Rawlings on fender rhodes/piano… the space is just JAMMED (as it always is when these gents are here) with folks ready to dance & party on DOW-un; energy quotients are SOARING!  What’s notably different about this performance is that the players are TOTALLY together… setup & sound check only took a couple of minutes once everyone was there, and they just JUMPED right into the tunes.  As I’ve said before (& will again), Oly owes a lot to Mr. Geertsen for making sure we have quality acts like this visiting our burg!  I’m truly looking forward to writing the review of their new release, so check back often… I’ll post the link on FB as soon as it’s ready!

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Review of Industrial Revelation’s debut at Rhythm & Rye

Review by Dick Metcalf on Improvijazzation Nation
06/07/14

6/7/2014, 14:25 – You’ve heard me speak before about the latest jazz haven in downtown Olympia – Rhythm & Rye is poised to become the HOT-spot for the Northwest. The band you see pictured here is called “Industrial Revelation‘, and I will tell you – they can COOK… & cook they did, last night! They were a tad late getting started (supposed to start at 9:00pm, didn’t actually start up until around 10:00pm… but it mattered not a whit… they captured the audience on the very first tune & continued to jam out all-original jazz/funk that held us all spellbound! The bass player, Evan Flory-Barnes, was so into the “throb” of it, that he almost couldn’t keep his head on – lol! The trumpeter, Ahamefule J. Oluo (who I left a press card with, by the way), just stepped right UP to it & didn’t stop his high-intensity playing for the entire set. The drummer, D’Vonne Lewis, has his own time… & that’s not a bad statement… this cat kept it all MOVING! The Rhodes player, Josh Rawlings, had a whole host of gadgetry/boxes on top of his axe & used them all to great effect (no pun intended (well, maybe a little bit). A group like this, with their total energy & well-rehearsed pieces, will always capture your attention & hold it. I’m totally impressed & will look forward to review copies of their work. Andy Geertsen has done an excellent job of getting Oly back on the “Great Nor’West jazz map”, and is to be congratulated, in spades, for booking solid acts like this one in for the enjoyment of all of us who demand “different” & “not stale” in our live performance venues. GREAT band!!!!

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