Australia’s Winchester Revival brings back the sound that immediately transports the listener to a fast-living and hard-driving escape. The gripping new single “Midnight Ride” is packed with drums, guitars and a throbbing bass that even the more established rock bands should be green with envy. Aptly named for a band gunning for their own unique twist on the classic rock genre, Winchester Revival is four members strong and shooting out lyrics laced with catchy inuendo. “Midnight Ride” follows the band’s debut single “Sarah” and is part of the band’s anticipated late 2020 EP release.
If you don’t feel like you’re riding high on a Harley or even revving that muscle car while listening to “Midnight Ride” you’re doing it wrong. The music bed is wrought with squelching melodic guitars and a rhythm section ecstatic with movement. The guitar can go from steady riffs to a gathering of sorts, a gusto punch that if you close your eyes could almost be like the galloping of motorized cars all racing for that finish line. The flow turns more crunchy, with the textures and tones almost becoming more bluesy, ZZ Top-like. At the song’s bridge, the guitars gather yet again and rapture the listener into a full onslaught of percussion and sticky drums. Don’t worry, the bass guitar is in there and it’s keeping time.
Lyrically, “Midnight Ride” fancies itself both a literal ride but one can guess it has double entendre. Oh, oh, oh it’s a midnight ride…falling, falling, falling….calling, calling, call….ride me baby, yeah, the male voice sings. Echoes of Robert Plant, Josh Kiszka (Greta Van Fleet) and Eddie Vedder sort of warped into one emerge as comparisons to the singer’s voice. He has a definitive voice and he is absolutely a true, rock front man. He has the voice that sounds like he’s been put up wet, and slung back a few shots the night before the studio. He’s still shaking off that rust and grime in the studio….but he dare not wipe that slate clean. His voice as is, suits him and this song perfectly. Full moon fever, the lyrics continue. It’s the perfect line – giving the listener this fiery, howling reverb in their belly. When he unleashes the line, it’s like all bets are off and the power of the song just engulfs the listener. If this is a rendezvous, then what a meetup it is. The passion and the fury is coming from all cylinders. Get ready for some air guitar and that pounding drum kit, “Midnight Ride” will get you sweaty.
Winchester Revival is Jack Dylan (rhythm guitar), Dane Hogno (drums), Josh Moore (bass guitar) and Max Saltmarsh (vocals/guitar). Home is Brisbane, Australia. It’s been awhile since global audiences have had a Brisbane band on their radar – it’s possible the last being Savage Garden, the Veronicas and of course, the Bee Gees. You won’t be hearing a disco rally from Winchester Revival, but if you’re a fan of the hard rock genre, these guys and “Midnight Ride” should definitely be in your cross hairs.