While this season's guttersnipes are content to dabble in lazy nostalgia or some grubby art school affectation of sleaze, Revl9n stand wilfully apart, unflinchingly modern, but with a tension, energy and attitude that's pure punk rock. Since their beginnings in Stockholm in the late nineties, Maria Eilersen and Nandor Hegedüs have always spurned the idea of staying still or taking the 'hip' option. Each record has shown a progression, a strive for perfection, a willful rejection of dwelling on past glories. Live, they'll appear with "too many synthesisers" or use backing tracks to augment their sound. Either way, indifference is impossible. Apathy is a challenge to be welcomed, not something to fear.
Theirs is a labour of love, hate and dogged determination in the face of occasional adversity. They know they have something to say and they're going to make damn sure you listen, whatever it takes. The new Revl9n finds them moving on again, in search of thrilling new rhythms, while losing none of the drama and sense of subversive and enigmatic pop thrills. If they scare you, you probably deserve it. But pay attention and Revl9n will seduce you, darkly and delicously.
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