Style Like Revelators mine their rock from blues

The Fresno BeeJuly 2, 2014 

Style Like Revelators, seen here performing at the Rock for Autism event in May, is known for playing heavy, blues-influenced rock. The band plays at Audie's Olympic Tavern on Saturday.

BOB PERO — SPECIAL TO THE BEE

Style Like Revelators isn't a blues band.

Then, neither were the Rolling Stones or Aerosmith, though they both borrowed heavily from the form and were big influences on Style Like Revelators, the Fresno-based four-piece that plays at 9 p.m. Saturday at Audie's Olympic Tavern.

Los Angeles band Banshee Bones opens the show.

"In the beginning, it was obvious that we listened to a lot of classic rock," says Chris Navarro, who started the band with his brother, Nick Navarro, six years ago.

But they've always had a base in the blues traditions, he says.

The band takes its name from "John the Revelator," the Blind Willie Johnson call-and-response tune that's a staple in the American blues catalog.

The brothers grew up listening to blues players like Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King and Son House and were motivated to start a band after hearing The Porch Ghouls, a Memphis group that created a musical movement known as Ruckus (which took its name from the jug bands that played in Memphis in the 1920s).

"We heard them and thought, 'We can do a band like this,' " Nick Navarro says.

Over the years (and through several lineup changes), the band has started working in some more contemporary influences.

The brothers are fans of Queens of the Stone Age and The Mars Volta.

"Lately, we've been getting a lot heavier," Chris says.

You can hear it on the newer songs that the band just finished recording at a studio in Portland, Ore., for its third full-length release.

In August, the brothers (and band mates Matt Willis and Tony Montanez) head out on a West Coast tour.

In the meantime, they keep busy hosting Jammin' on the One, a regular Monday night gathering at Audie's Olympic Tavern.

"It's just for anyone who wants to come out and jam," Nick says.

Show information

Local blues-rock band Style Like Revelators, with Banshee Bones and Moontrail, at Audie's Olympic Tavern, 1426 Van Ness Ave., 9 p.m. Saturday, $5. Details: Audie's Olympic on Facebook.

 

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