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Extract from the South Wales Argus

December 17th, 2015

Teenage rock band receive interest from top music producer

A TEENAGE rock band is set for a bright future after attracting the attention of a renowned music producer.

Five-piece outfit Revival, from Blackwood, have received interest from studio producer Mark Wallis, who has recorded classic cuts for bands including REM, The Smiths, U2 and Marvin Gaye.

The band regularly performs at The Patriot Motorcycle Club, in Crumlin, gaining a reputation at the venue's open mic nights.

Patriot's music co-ordinator Brummie Lees spotted the band, contacting ex-soldier and “best friend” Adrian Brocklesby who has since become their manager. 

Mr Brocklesby, 52, managing director of commercial tile supplier, Dreamtiles, sent a live video of the band to producer Mark Wallis who confirmed he is “interested” in mentoring and producing the band next year.

Revival’s manager said: “The band are very different and when I put them forward and spoke to Mark, he said they had great potential.

“If you consider the age of the band, their talent is incredible and we are looking to produce them and get them to the standard that we need before presenting them to labels.

“You don’t see a band like them very often and when you hear them playing, you will see what I mean.”

Mr Brocklesby has previously mentored artists, including a performer who was nominated for a 2015 MOBO award.

The band are also “regular customers and dear friends” of 46-year-old Simon Fowler of Blackwood music shop, Must Have Music, who provides “technical assistance” at Patriot club live music events.

He said: “They make songs their own and are an explosive talent, when you hear one song you can’t wait to hear the next.

“They have a great future ahead of them and have so much energy for just five guys on stage.”

Mark Wallis describes Revival as an "interesting little band" and will travel to Blackwood next year to meet the teenagers and watch them perform.

He said: "I'm interested in the standard of their writing, the characters and what I have heard in their demos and I think it will be an interesting project for the future."

Brummie Lees,56, added: “The Patriots have such good musicians turn up who take time to mentor others, from the likes of James Oliver from Glas, to Karl Watkins from Back Street Symphony.

“It’s not just a bikers' bar, but a centre of excellence for music that gives young bands a place to go to express their talent.”

The Blackwood group have an average age of 15, playing a mixture of cover songs and originals and will support heavy metal act Diamond Head in April 2016.