Written by Kitty P. Ervolina
The idea of pop/punk/hardcore going acoustic has been around for what seems like forever. I can still remember crying to Say Anything’s acoustic cover of “Woe” from that one album I’m sure most pop punk fans still remember. This is not the famous “Punk Goes…” series, which is refreshing in it’s own way, but a more “low key” album with some lesser known names. Not to mention, it doesn’t cover any of those horrible top 40 songs!
Revival Recordings album It’s All Acoustic is a compilation of (obviously) acoustic originals and covers from bands featured on their label. On the album, we get a fresh-faced look at the softer side of some of our newest, and a few of my favorite, bands. The line up is impressive for Revival, what with them being somewhat new, having only been started by Shawn Milke of Alesana in 2012! The almost raw feeling from these bands is a good representation of what the label, and the bands individually, are bringing to the table.
Cabaret Runaway – “Broken Maiden”
Uh Huh Baby Yeah – “Natural Born Thriller”
Alesana – “Hiatus”
Famous Last Words – “I’ll Be Home Soon”
The Funeral Portrait – “Casanova (C’est La Vie)”
Megosh – “Winona”
Most of the bands on this album not only blew me away, but really managed to showcase what they can do without all the flashy lights and heavy bass that I thought I couldn’t live without.
A few of the songs fall short of what most people have come to expect due to the huge success of the “Punk Goes…” series. On the same note, for this being a project having NOTHING to do with the aforementioned, this is a strong piece of raw, naked musical talent.
Overall, the album is a beautiful homage to the label and the bands they represent. It’s more than worth the money to pre-order this album, which you can do right now on their website (www.revivalrecs.com) and for a short time you can stream it by clicking below.