‘Don’t Lead Me Down’ is the fourth single to be released from Revelino’s remastered debut album and bonus EP and is released this Friday 27th Nov along with the re-pressing of the sold-out vinyl debut album. The album was released on vinyl for the first time on Oct 9th & went straight to No 1 in the Irish Indie charts and sold out in 2 weeks.
‘Don’t Lead Me Down‘ has featured in two film soundtracks – British gangster movie ‘Hard Men’ (featuring Mad Frankie Fraser) and one of the best Irish movies of all time, ‘I Went Down’, written by Conor McPherson and featuring a wonderful Irish cast including Brendan Gleeson & Peter McDonald.
The band have a brilliant new video which features footage from ‘I Went Down’ plus some band footage from the original video. Bren Berry, who edited the video along with Rory McDonald, said “We are beyond delighted & flattered that Treasure Films have given us permission to use footage from the movie in our new video and would like to express our admiration & gratitude to everyone involved with the movie especially the Producer Rob Walpole at Treasure Films and the director Paddy Breathnach. It really is one of the best Irish movies of all time. We’re also very excited that Emer Reynolds, who edited ‘I Went Down’ has a new documentary out soon called Phil Lynott: Songs for While I’m Away” which looks amazing.”
“A masterclass in assimilating influences and stamping your personality on them. ‘Don’t Lead Me Down’ is heart-on-sleeve stuff of the highest order.” – Hot Press
“Happiness is Mine is quite some outrageous opener and this album sketches and schemes then suddenly lacerates like fractured bones slashing through smooth skin.” Melody Maker
“Beautiful, harmony-laden confections with buzzing guitars.” New York Times “A slice of pure guitar heaven, strident riffs, sky-diving tunes and surfing melodies.” Irish Times
About REVELINO: Revelino celebrated the release of their eponymous debut album on Oct 6th, 1994. The album received rave reviews and the lead single Happiness is Mine had an immediate impact on radio in Ireland. Hot Press critics voted it 3rd best single of the year and in January 1995 they received 9 top five places in the Hot Press Readers Poll including No 1 best New Act. In 2004 the album was voted no 47 in the 100 Greatest Irish albums list.
They released Don’t Lead Me Down in April 1995 which went on to feature in two film soundtracks – British gangster movie Hardmen and Irish cult comedy crime classic, ‘I Went Down ‘written by Conor McPherson and featuring a great Irish cast including Brendan Gleeson & Peter McDonald. The cult classic ‘I Went Down’ also featured ‘Hello’ from the Revelino album.
1996 kicked off with an epic Heineken Rollercoaster Tour of Ireland co-headlining with the incendiary Whipping Boy. While working on the follow-up album, the band signed an international licensing deal with French / UK label Musidisc and the debut album was released internationally in March 1996 to great reviews. They toured the UK and France and appeared live on French cultural TV chat show Nulle Part Ailleurs, introduced by football legend Michel Platini! They secured two spots at The Phoenix Festival that summer and, more impressively, the band also reached the final of the celebrity 5-a-side football tournament at the festival, hammering Massive Attack (and Banksy?) 4-1 and Dodgy 3-0 along the way. They were pipped for the trophy by the Guardian newspaper team featuring Mick Talbot from Style Council and a bunch of professional ringers including players from Chelsea and two of the Stein brothers!
The second album Broadcaster was released in 1996 and was mixed by Pat Collier who had worked with The Jesus & Mary Chain, Primal Scream and The Wonder Stuff. The album release was preceded by the first single Step On High in August 1996 which the late great John Peel highlighted as one of his favourite singles of the year. It also featured on the soundtrack for the film Blowdry (starring Alan Rickman and Natasha Richardson). Years later in 2005 on the first anniversary of Peel’s death, NME wrote a feature about Peel’s box of favourite 120 singles – Revelino’s Step On High was the only Irish single in the box other than The Undertones’ Teenage Kicks! The following month Channel 4 broadcasted the brilliant documentary Peel’s Record Box.