The Soul Revival Live at The Rugby Bikefest: A Rocking Blend of Classic and Modern Sounds

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Review and Photos by Gary Osborne  (Ozzy)

The Rugby Bikefest was set alight by The Soul Revival, a band known for their big attitude and unique fusion of timeless rock influences with a fresh, contemporary feel. Comprised of Andy Dove on guitar, Karl Selickis on drums, Matt Higgins on bass, and Steve Nunn on vocals, the band delivered an electrifying performance that left the audience thoroughly impressed.

The set kicked off with “Dark Shadows in My Heart,” their second single released about a month ago. This opening track set the stage with its powerful riffs and emotive lyrics, showcasing the band’s ability to blend bluesy origins with a touch of grunge. Steve Nunn’s vocals were particularly compelling, drawing the audience into the song’s dark, introspective themes.

Following up with “Midnight Flame” and “Outlaw,” The Soul Revival maintained a high energy level, with each song highlighting the band’s tight musicianship and dynamic range. Andy Dove’s guitar solos were a standout, adding a raw and edgy feel that perfectly complemented the solid rhythm section of Higgins and Selickis.

A highlight of the evening was the debut performance of “Heart So Hollow,” set for release on May 31, 2024. This track delves into more bluesy territory, dealing with the poignant theme of losing a loved one. The band’s heartfelt delivery resonated deeply with the audience, making it clear that this song is poised to become a significant hit for them.

Their cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together” was a refreshing take on the classic, done brilliantly and differently. The Soul Revival’s version added a modern twist while paying homage to the original, making it a crowd favorite of the night.

“Show Me The Right Way” continued to showcase the band’s versatility, blending hard-hitting rock elements with soulful melodies. The finale, “Won’t Bring Me Down,” was an explosive end to the set, leaving the crowd cheering for an encore.

The Soul Revival’s show at the Rugby Bikefest proved that they are a force to be reckoned with in the New Wave of Classic Rock. Each member brought their A-game, from Selickis’ energetic drumming to Nunn’s compelling vocals, Higgy’s solid basslines, and Dove’s searing guitar solos. Their ability to combine timeless rock influences with a modern twist makes them a band to watch closely.

Gary Osborne’s photographs captured the essence of the Day perfectly, documenting the band’s dynamic stage presence and the electric atmosphere of their performance.

Overall, The Soul Revival’s live show at The Rugby Bikefest was a testament to their talent and potential. With each member bringing their A-game, the band delivered a performance that was both technically impressive and emotionally engaging. As they gear up for the release of “Heart So Hollow,” The Soul Revival is clearly a band on the rise, set to make a significant impact on the rock music scene.

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