The Reverse began with Nathan and Jason, growing out of pub conversations, late night recording sessions and the cold rehearsal rooms of Crouch End. Sam began engineering for the band, though his involvement soon progressed, as he took on permanent guitar duties. Joe ran a fanzine and when they sent him a rough demo, instead of writing about it, his enthusiasm led to him pick up the bass guitar and join them.
With this line up in place The Reverse released three EP’s. Their Debut EP, “A Clean Incision” was released in 2006 on indie label Run Out. The follow up, “Shutterspeed” came out in 2007 and the last, “My Lifelong Psychological Experiment” in 2008. All EPs were recorded and mixed by Graham Dominy (The Rifles, Razorlight, Ray Davies, Supergrass).
Joe found the love of his life and set sail for America.
The band regrouped and with the addition of new bass player, backing vocalist, (ex lead singer of The Great Divide & The Colours) James Mckeown, they spent time writing new material and developing their sound.
As of Aug 2012, this new line up has just completed their debut album, which is finally set for release this year!
The band have performed alongside bands including Klaxons, The Wave Pictures, Lupen Crook, Sgt Buzfuz, Wallis Bird and Carina Round and have had plays on BBC6 Music, XFM, Resonance Fm and Xtreme East Radio. The band’s lead singer performs solo as Nat the Hammer and runs and hosts the monthly acoustic night “Under The Influence” at The Boogaloo in North London
The guitarist and bass player also perform as solo artists Kit Sam Kirr and James McKeown.
“It is very much not shit”
Robots & Electronic Brains
“It’s like re-discovering love after you never thought you could feel again”
A Cool Noise
“If you like Amusement Parks On Fire, Boards Of Canada or Explosions In The Sky, The Reverse may just be your new favourite band”
Leeds Music Scene
“The Reverse make a big ‘noise’ in a very controlled and expressive manner- at times they are remarkably exquisite, at others they are just plain brilliant”
“…genius, haunting and at the same time uplifting.”
“…cushioned, delicately histrionic indie-rock that tenderly coats and protects.”
“beautifully sculptured indie pop.”
“Melancholic, beautiful and uplifting”
Claire Sturgess, XFM
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Under The Influence
Nat The Hammer
Emma Marshall (Photography)