You just gotta love a classically trained rock band. Ambroise Willaume (lead vocals, guitar, piano) and Jeremie Arcache (cello, vocals) met as kids at France’s prestigious Maitrise Notre Dame de Paris music school, which has been in operation since the 12th century. The pair later teamed up with Christophe Musset (vocals, guitar) to form the basis for their current band, Revolver. While their name is taken from the influential Beatles album, it’s a fitting description for the group’s evolving sound. Pairing classical chamber music with influences such as Elliot Smith and The Velvet Underground might seem like a particularly daunting task, until you hear the masterful way they pull these influences together. Revolver’s French EP, Pop De Chambre, is a delightful collection of folk songs, and it’s a prelude to their fantastic debut album, Music for a While, a tribute to 17th-century composer Henry Purcell.
For their session live at the Ace Hotel as part of KEXP’s broadcast, sponsored by Toyota’s Free Yr Radio, during CMJ, Revolver played an instantly likable, retro-pop set that had the whole audience clapping and singing. Check out the photos here: