To make any sense of The Revival Hour’s debut LP Scorpio Little Devil, it’s necessary to understand the commonality that binds its creators. Born either side of the Atlantic, DM Stith and John-Mark Lapham, formerly of Manchester’s The Earlies, are both gay men who were brought up in stern – if very different - religious communities. It’s unsurprising then to find their first full-length collaboration strongly bedded with themes of escapism and alienation.
Despite the deep-seated subject matter a sense of adventurism runs
across the record’s spine. Fusing together a kaleidoscope of genres, the
duo’s ability to switch skins is absorbing. Opener Control is a
skittering, effects-riddled hailstorm; the harrowing Hold Back swoons
with brass and gospel choir harmonies; and Run Away’s sunkissed pop
skips away like a sugar-rushing Animal Collective. A never-ending
treasure trove of ideas, Scorpio Little Devil is the sound of two remarkable minds becoming one.
First published here for The Skinny