The Lost Revival: To Hell With Them All

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 614 Magazine American Heir Preview:

With American Heir, Collins has crafted the best album of his career...The result is a record that includes not only Collins’ trademark melancholic ramblings, but a pure energy from the rest of the team that counters with bursts of revelatory atmosphere...on songs like “Baby @ 15” and “2 Left Feet,” he and the band possess a playful confidence and lack of pretense that can sometimes bog down bands of their ilk. To put it bluntly, American Heir is anything but stuffy, nothing too serious, and all fun.

Columbus Alive Independents Day 2016 preview:

Singer Kevin Collins’ songs, which start with folk-rock foundations but often explode into colorful swirls of guitar fuzz, spacey synth, parlor piano and saxophone solos, have always worked best in a live setting. The band also plans to work some new songs into the set, which should make for a welcome Lost Revival revival.

"I’ve never seen a bad Lost Revival show, and this new video for “Two Minus One Equals One” from the band’s latest release, The Greatest Scam Ever Pulled, does a good job of showing why. There’s nothing particularly special about the slow-mo footage (shot by Monolithic Cloud Parade’s Corey Fry) in the video: just some good camera work of the Lost Revival onstage and some brief moments captured off-stage rehearsing, loading, etc. But those onstage moments reveal a lot; when it’s slowed down, you can see just how much Kevin Collins squeezes out of every performance. He’s a showman to the core." 

CD102.5 Columbus:

 "This is some serious next level stuff." -DJ, Tom Butler on The Greatest Scam Ever Pulled

Columbus Alive:

"Pairing frontman Kevin Collins' dusty vocals with subtle percussion, ambient piano and reverb guitars boosts The Lost Revival's folk tendencies into a realm of heavy indie pop. The band refers to itself as "bastardized Americana," but whatever you label it, it's sure to have your head spinning - in a good way."   

Stereo Subversion:

“The Lost Revival has a bright future ahead of them. the time you hear “Cotton and Lace” shift from a fiery, swampy mess of guitar squeals to a sharp-edged jig about halfway through, you’ll realize that you’ve never heard anything quite like this."

Columbus Alive:

“What stood out most about The Lost Revival's set was singer Kevin Collins' rampant energy and enthusiasm. Their brand of rock, which draws from downtrodden Americana and reflective indie-rock epics, would seem to call for self-important detachment, but Collins was boisterous throughout, and it really set them apart from other similar acts I've seen. It helps that their new material is a highly excitable departure from their good but mostly gloomy first album. See this band soon." Sensory Overload

The Other Paper:

"Singer/songwriter Kevin Collins was just born to be a frontman. His throaty singing, interspersed with a strong falsetto, gives the folk-inspired, synth-laced epics a primal texture that’s missing from so many bands that use Americana as their undercarriage. And the man has charisma to’s encouraging that after the Lost Revival’s strong debut, Homemade Confetti, the new songs are more focused, with even stronger hooks (see “Cotton and Lace” and “Mayqueen”), yet still grand and gutsy. The addition of saxophone was cool, too."The Other Paper
"The greatest thing about seeing The Lost Revival live is that, while you might know the songs, you never truly know what you’re going to get. The “band”, led by principal songwriter Kevin Collins, is known to consist of a revolving door of up to nine musicians for its live performances, a spontaneous circumstance known by the band’s fans to cause variations on how the songs are played and the content of the set list." 
614 Magazine:
"These seven stage-loving sons of Columbus celebrate a rock grandiosity that would make Meatloaf blush."”

The Lost Revival – a super-group of Columbus-born artists, self-described on their MySpace as an experimental Americana/Folk Rock group. The translation of that in layman’s terms is that they play organ-drenched rock with soaring vocal harmonies, tight rhythms, and baritone saxophone, all layered over highly melodic bass-lines. Their set was fantastic – I was pleasantly surprised by how danceable this group was, an element I would chalk up to the long-time collaboration between drummer Chris Cheeseman and bassist Ben Ahlteen, formerly of Genghis Green, an indie band from Columbus whose tunes were equally as groovy.

The Other Paper:

“ "It’s a big record, with lots of atmospheric layering in the background, providing a thick blanket in which to wrap Kevin Collins’s throaty vocals... But with all those instruments and dark overtones, any sort of “Americana” tag would be misleading--especially on a song like “A Bird on a Chain,” the best on the album. The Lost Revival has a sound entirely its own, and a good one.”

The Outer Sounds:

"...a great band came in graced us with their presence and played an awesome set. Kevin Collins is a great vocalist and reminds me of a much more dynamic Bruce Springsteen over music that sounds kind of like the Killers, this stuff sounds like pure sex."

Indie Music Stop:

"The Lost Revival’s large size creates a wall of sound that goes beyond impressing its listeners both live and on their latest CD, Homemade Confetti. Four out of Five Stars."

"The Lost Revival's Bastardized Americana rarely dissapoints live."

Delusions of Adequacy:

"Homemade Confetti's Americana stomps and boozes its way through 10 tracks of pleading confessionals. There's the tent-revival strain of "Jesus Loves You" and the harmonica-accented "Powerlines" to keep you in the right frame of mind. "A Bird on a Chain" has a little bit of Grandaddy seeping into its beats, a departure from the shuffling beat of "Driftwood" and the rock/dance of "Thin Man's Mile." It all points to Lost Revival's attempts to break out of the cardboard, one-dimensional approaches taken by the glut of Wilco wannabes."

Life on the C-bus:

"The Lost Revival are of particular note. A massive band that barely fits on the stage, they swap instruments like kids in a school swap Hostess snacks. Exhibiting musicianship that rivals the best in the city, The Lost Revival are one of those bands that have to be experienced rather than simply heard."

Columbus Alive:

"The Lost Revival's evolution shows on debut Homemade Confetti, a full-length more fully realized than most. The band only spent a weekend recording with producer Jay Alton, but their record sounds expansive and complete...Homemade Confetti is brimming with sounds, and the warm and folksy often coexist with the cold and spooky. Collins sings with gruff affectation, evoking a little Win Butler and a lot of Bob Dylan, as the band's bluster of guitars, keyboards and percussion swells behind him."