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Experiencing the music of Sons Of An Illustrious Father is like being invited into a trusted triangle of creativity, emotion, spiritual, personal and interpersonal growth. songwriters/singers/instrumentalists merge selflessly into one artistic continuum. In February, the New York-based trio releases its most boldly vulnerable and artistically distinct body of work yet; its third album, Revol (Big Picnic Records).

The band consist of Ezra Miller, vocals, drums, percussion, and keyboards.” Josh Aubin, vocals, bass, keyboards, and percussion adds: “These songs are rooted in an honest emotional space. They’re about the relationships we have outside and inside the band.” Lilah Larson, vocals, guitars, drums, percussion, and bass, chimes in: “We can bring songs to each other and never have to explain the context. We’ve been together so long that a lot is unspoken it’s a sibling, lover, family thing—it’s the most serious and longest relationship I’ve been in.”

When pressed, the three playfully refer to its music as “future folk” or “heavy meadow.” The trio’s free spirited creativity has garnered comparisons to such diverse artists as The Band, Tom Waits, and Nirvana. Sons take a collaborative approach to songwriting, signing separate songs, and creating three-part harmonies.

The title of the band’s latest album, Revol,“The title refers 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,” Lilah explains.

 

Revol was recorded in Montreal at Hotel2Tango (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade) by Howard Bilerman who also mixed the album.

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It’s been over four years since the last full-length record from Sons Of An Illustrious Father. Since then the group have put out a handful of songs to tide us over. “Loveletting,” off the Sons EP that came out a little over a year ago is a great tune, and a good indicator of what was to come.

The transition to a three-piece seems to have occurred rather easily for Sons. They share singing responsibilities equally, which allows everyone to shine in their own way. The biggest shocker on Revol is how big they sound this time around. If you’ve been listening to them since their first record from 2009, you won’t find much of that band here. Guitars are turned up, the drums are splattered all over, and the vocals are clean and up front. It’s a totally different sound, but it does retain the honesty and passion we’ve come to love from them.

Josh Aubin seems to receive the biggest benefit here. Ezra Miller has his fanbase and Lilah Larson has blown us away time and again. But on Revol, Aubin gets a lot of mileage out of his keyboard and his voice is featured plenty. His voice doesn’t invoke the kind of pain and yearning that Larson and Miller articulate so well, but he gets his message across without having to be fancy about it.

On “Post-Future,” which was released as a single last week, Aubin sings about the disconnection in humanity caused by technology. “You can find reason wherever you want it to be, but is finding an answer gonna set you free?”

“Opposite Of Love” is a pretty traditional blues number that allows Lilah the opportunity to showcase her powerhouse voice a little bit. She has a little more Fiona Apple in her voice than I ever noticed before, and some of the raw ferocity gives way to a new confidence and polish. “There is no opposite of love” she sings over and over, her words getting louder and louder before she lets loose with a wail that will send shivers down your spine.

I hope Revol is the album that pushes Sons to the next level, if for no other selfish reason The new album, Revol, available worldwide on March 4th 2016