New York-based Sons of an Illustrious Father will release their third full length album Revol via Big Picnic on March 4th. Produced and mixed by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor) at the analog based hotel2tango studio in Montreal, ‘Revol’ showcases a maturity and cohesion of three distinctly gifted songwriters and multi-instrumentalists: Josh Aubin (vocals/bass/keyboards/percussion), Lilah Larson (vocals/guitars/drums/percussion/bass), and Ezra Miller (vocals/drums/percussion/keyboards). Yesterday, The Rumpus premiered a stream of the first new song off the album, “Conquest,” bundled with a short graphic novel illustrated by songwriter Larson. Described as “the love child of the topical folk song tradition – Woody Guthrie, Dylan, etc. – and politically conscious punk a la The Clash, Gang of Four, or Bikini Kill,” the song and graphic novel explore the intersection of global oppressions, and how misogyny, racism, capitalism, and colonialism intersect. Read Larson’s statement about the graphic novel’s inspiration at The Rumpus.
Comprised of nine original songs – with each member contributing three songs, Revol opens with “PPM,” a track that beckons mournfully with vocalizing that feels like it’s wafting in from a distant haunting. Urgently, the song comes into sonic focus with Miller’s weary vocals backed by full drums, rubbery bass, and a hypnotically lyrical keyboard refrain. Throughout the album, Sons’ lyrics that show “considerable poetic thought” (The New York Times) explore identity politics, humanitarianism, ecological concerns, and relationships through each songwriter’s individual artistic flair.
The album title, Revol, brims with the group’s foundational and enigmatic mythos, referring “to a number of words, one being ‘revolt,’ and it speaks to the album’s concepts of love, global struggle, and interpersonal revolt against binary oppression,” Larson explains. Miller chimes in: “It also references the word ‘reveling’ and speaks to reveling the gift of life.” “Everyone has crucibles in life, for us, by singing each other’s songs, and through being present for one another, we all share in the catharsis of moving through suffering,” he adds. Aubin finishes: “These songs are rooted in an honest emotional space. They’re about the relationships we have outside and inside the band.”
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