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Thursday 08 March 2018

Reef @ Concorde 2: Another Chance To Place Your Eyes On The Revitalised West-Country Quartet

Reef, the revitalised west-country quartet, have returned with Revelation, their first studio album since 2000's, Getaway.  

The album was recorded in Ireland and has been produced by long-time collaborator George Drakoulias (The Black Crowes, Primal Scream, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) and features a guest vocal from Sheryl Crow on lead single, My Sweet Love.

"We didn't want to just make a good record, we wanted to make a great record," says Reef vocalist Gary Stringer of the new album.  

"We were writing the songs for two and a half years, road-testing them when we were on tour. We"d play four or five new songs every night, really watching the crowd. If their eyes glazed over or they went to the bar, then we dropped those songs! 

"But if a song engaged with them – a melody they can hook into, a guitar riff – then that was a real pointer for how we went about it. Hopefully that"s helped make the album is as strong as it is." 


"Recording in Ireland was really special," adds guitarist Jesse Wood

"It's always been a magical place for me and we spent a few great weeks there with George. I already can't wait to make the next album!" 

"It's a better world with Reef in it, their love for life and music is infectious," says producer George Drakoulias. "A real privilege to be on this journey with them."

Reef formed in 1993 and were quickly signed to Sony imprint S2. They released nine Top 40 singles – most famously Place Your Hands - and four studio albums, including 1996's platinum-selling No.1 album Glow, plus greatest hits album Together before disbanding in 2003. 

Their hiatus came to an end in 2010, when they were tempted into reuniting for a short tour. 

In 2014 Jesse Wood, formerly of the Ronnie Wood band/Faces/Red Racer, replaced original guitarist Kenwyn House after he amicably left the band to pursue other projects.

Reef play Concorde 2, Brighton, on 11th May 2018. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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