I feel like I’ve been invited to a house party. It’s a fairly low-key affair, I got a nice email a few days ago from a man called Stephen, who explained to me that he was glad I wanted to come, and that there’d be wine and ‘nibbles’ available for the evening. But this wasn’t a party; this was one of the most intimate, most incredible gigs I’ve ever been to. REVERE’s rehearsal room in London is a small room – maybe the size of your living room – up long staircases, past a small bar and along several corridors. At the end of the last corridor, a small, open doorway appears, and the chatter of a small but dedicated audience spills out. I was about the tenth audience member to arrive, but there was already a ‘cosy’ vibe running through the studio, especially given the stage lights that had been placed around the room. With a few more audience members having arrived, and the wine being opened, cushions, chairs, perches and amplifiers were found, and the gig began. The performance was to be a night of Scott Walker songs, highlighting one of the band’s main influences, and exploring what he had given to their music. For those without too much knowledge of Walker – myself included – it turned into a pleasant walk through some of his best songs, with an explanation for each and an application of Revere’s signature style (albeit with added reverb). Playing ‘Boychild’ to open, Stephen REVERE’s voice took on an aspect of the original Walker versions, filling the band’s rehearsal room even before the microphones had done their work. ‘On Your Own Again’, which followed, was the acoustic replacement of another song which suffered from their loss (for the night) of a trumpet, but, without being told, nobody would have known. ‘Duchess’, for me, took the crown for their first set. With the firm base of acoustic guitar and cello carrying the soaring violins and vocals, REVERE truly did justice to what was an already incredible song. ‘30th Century Man’ was, in the 1950s and 60s, a vision of a future where everything is wrapped in plastic. In my mind, the best bit of REVERE’s reworking of this song was the ending which they forgot. They re-played the ending, adding in the sound of chiming from the band members, each of whom had been armed with a small clock. The Scott Walker cover set finished with ‘The Bridge’ and a small sigh of relief from the audience, as the heat had been almost as intense as the music. REVERE’s most significant offering of the evening came during their own set. With a new album out this year, and a back catalogue far more impressive than most other bands with their level of recognition, I was expecting a play-through of songs already released. Once again, however, I was proved wrong, and once again, REVERE surpassed even my highest of expectations. ‘A Road From a Flood’; with its wave-like percussion, its soaring vocals, its variety of parts and its arrangement; was a true masterpiece, with the almost heart-stopping moment where Stephen REVERE and Nick Hirst, half singing, half screaming let out the loud, anguished message of this song in its full-bodied, rawest form. The collection of mostly untitled songs that followed had a depth of feeling and a fine sound that was almost unmatched in my memory of live music. ‘With Heads and Hands’ matched to a tee the level of feeling, enthusiasm and pure musical energy of ‘A Road From a Flood’ and ‘Father Dear Father’ was musically excellent, and the applause, although coming from only fourteen audience members, was incredibly enthusiastic. The lyrics of the next song, ‘What am I if I’m not Even Dust?’, were what caught me from the opening: “I want to be buried at sea, by a handful of people who have not heard of me.” There was even a small surprise later in the song, when a quiet, but tuneful female voice started up next to me, adding perfectly to the song, and apparently replacing the missing trumpet part. This was a magical moment that could only ever be found in a gig of this size. The finale had to be an older song, ‘one for the road’, as it was suggested, and ‘The Escape Artist’ did not fall short of this expectation. It continued the theme of the whole gig through to the final words, and the sigh of relief that came from the band at the end. REVERE had delivered something special, two thirty minute sets which surpassed anything I had been expecting. With a high calibre of performance of Scott Walker’s material, they managed to raise the bar even higher with their own songs. In such a small venue, this was a truly beautiful performance, and with the promise of more of these shows interspersing their bigger shows, they may just become some of the most sought-after tickets available at the moment. REVERE have just released their new album, Hey! Selim and have an upcoming gig at the Tabernacle on the 18th of November, tickets are available online.