Shoreditch venue Cargo was host to a launch for a single that BBC Radio 6’s rock icon DJ Tom Robinson described as "An extraordinary widescreen technicolor epic of a song...a stunning single from a stunning band." He’s not wrong ‘ The Escape Artist’ is a vivid, impassioned song with sweeps of layers of guitars that rush little tingles of electric hued emotion through your body, as it builds and escalates to knock you for six. A gig to celebrate the release of such a song would be criminal to miss. Especially, with such a captivating support act in SonVer to cajole you from the cosy clutches of your nest on a chilly, clear evening. Post rock outfit SonVer are helmed by ex-members of experimental outfit Hush The Many (Heed The Few) and the lead singer of industrial metal band Earth Loop Recall, but the catch is that there isn’t a vocalist in sight. The room gradually begins to fill, as the elegant quartet led by striking electric cellist Jo Quail, launches the set with the dark, sparse intro to Khat Show Host, with it’s deep rumbles of bass resonating through the room. Majestic and dominant, the guitars from Ruban Byrne and Ben McLees add eeriness and passion as the melody unfolds and flows, soaring and crashing with percussion from Alistair Richardson on drums. SonVer make music that paints pictures and vistas in your head. Close your eyes to it, be hypnotized by it, but it pays to listen to it. Visually, the band have a chemistry of warmth and smiles between members interspersed with intense concentration. You get the sense that the performance is as much for them as it is for you. The excitement for Jo Quail as she sways and plays the lead notes on the joyously huge Ebusus is palpable by the beatific smile on her face. It’s a song she first visualized several years ago, but has recently only had the means to make viscerally real. This track which features on the forthcoming new album is a total beauty; evocative of visions of flying over sunlit vistas; and new dawns rising over the horizon. The sheer, unbridled optimism of the music, leaves you moved and smiling from ear to ear. SonVer end the set with Minus Thirty Plus Two, a sweet, sharp piece, which would provide the perfect soundtrack to watching bright stars breaking out in a wintry, dark sky. Perfect for an autumnal night. Experimental rock outfit Revere preview their headline set with the premiere of the video for the forthcoming single The Escape Artist on a projector. It is an intense, emotional  film part funded with contributions from fans and friends, and essentially echoes the message of the importance of the ties that bind us, whatever hardships life throws our way. The eight-piece band take to the stage, and for the uninitiated the line up is quite formidable, with multi-octave range singer Stephen Ellis on vocals and guitar, Jon Fletcher and Andrew Hawke on guitars, Nathaniel Mumford on trumpet. Ex-Detwiijes Ellie Wilson on violin, Kath Mckie on cello, Nick Hirst on keyboards and James Garnett on drums. The sound could be a sprawling mess, which could send you running for the doors, but instead it’s an intense, beautifully realised cacophony at its best, with soaring vocals and melodically, uplifting accompaniment.  Since playing Glastonbury, the band have been gathering accolades and radio play, and it’s easy to see why. They play with no trace of inhibition and feel the music in their gut as a collective. Nick Hirst seated at his keyboards, pummels the keys as if this is his last dance on earth. Jon Fletcher clutches at his guitar in a crumpled heap on the stage, note perfect but lost in a reverie. James Garnett drives the band hard from his drumkit, and singer Stephen Ellis leads dynamically from the front and literally sings his heart out. The band sway in a collective swoon during songs, such as the anguished paen ‘ Throwing Stones, ‘ which must be a contender for a future single.   Nathaniel Mumford’s trumpet heralds a crescendo at the end, which threatens to lift off the roof. It’s an extraordinary moment, which makes the hair stand on ends. Lyrics and images flash up on the screen behind the band. Songs such as ‘They Always Knock Twice’ echo the terrors of childhood, with the fear of the bogeyman come to take you away. ‘The Hating Book’ is a mania of bitterness and vengefulness ‘ I’ll turn your empires into dust… I’ll write you in my hating book.’  New song ‘ The Tired and the Drowned’ is immediately evocative of Nick Cave’s The Carny from the outset, who features as a band influence. But it’s the new single ‘ The Escape Artist’ that has the power to enthrall the crowded venue into a silence so pure that you can hear a pin drop in the middle of the song. As the guitars merge, and create a blistering but lush wall of sound, you can’t help but wonder how a band as immense as this one, would sound on stage at the Brixton Academy or Camden’s Koko. Hopefully if things continue this way, we could soon find out. SonVer play The Union Chapel on November 29th 2008 Revere play 93 Feet East on 13th November 2008