The Apocalypse Blues Revue return to follow up on their highly regarded self-titled debut from 2016, for those unfamiliar with the project it was born out of a chance meeting by Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin (Drums) and frontman Ray “Rafer John” Cerbone. What followed is the birth of a band that resonates all the charm and personality that a lifetime on the road brings to a personal project such as The Apocalypse Blues Revue.
A band with its own unique voice it certainly is not trying to be anything else other that what it is, four passionate musicians with a love for the Blues expressing themselves in their own way via Rock, Blues and a touch of Psychedelic spice thrown in for good mix.There is a loose and colourful approach to the song writing fused with gritty guitar playing and Cerbones cinematic quality vocals which; demand your attention.
This is more than a side project, “We’re very excited about this second record. I’ve never seen four wills join so strongly with one intent as I have in this band. That’s something special,” affirms Larkin.
Larkin tells of a pre-production meeting with producer Dave Fortman (Godsmack, Evanescence, Anthrax). at The Vibe Recording Studios in Southwest Florida (Fort Myers), in which the two settled into the control room, ingested certain mind-expanding compounds, and they then proceeded to listen to many hours of the records they loved the most. The phrase Larkin comes back to again and again are, “it has to be real, it has to be genuine.” This record is exactly that. It drips with the existential stew of four guys playing together in a small room, in fact, that is exactly much of what we are hearing—the band laid the basic tracks in just one long day, but they captured it all with the cinematic vision and clarity of a great filmmaker.
Larkin continues, “Our mission is to see if Apocalypse can reshape the shape of blues to come. We’re a different shade of blue. Our approach is to write and play as a traditional blues band. Our original influences came from Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, we came to the blues later in life, and we’ve found our groove and sound, and it sounds unique and original to us. We don’t try to hide our rock influences, it comes through creating a new shade of blue.”
It challenges the boundaries for sure and is one for the independent thinker, but sure ain’t that what life’s all about? Breaking that cookie cutter mould, giving birth to individuality and creative expression? This is a darker, moodier and gnarly version of the Blues as told by The Apocalypse Blues Revue and one well worth hearing.
The Shape Of Blues To Come is out July 20th via Provogue / Mascot Label Group
1. Open Spaces
2. We Are One
3. Hell To Pay
4. Have You Heard?!
5. To Hell With You
6. Nobody Rides For Free
8. What A Way To Go
9. Noumenal Blues
Watch the lyric video for ‘Hell To Pay’: