Revulva is here to bring huge grins to your knees on the d-floor. Nu-wave, nu-jazz, nu-pop goodness brought to you by chefs Phoebe Johnson (Ski Resort), Lily Rose Shaw (Odessa), Hector McLachlan (Forest Music), Zane Hawkins (Sky Canvas), Toby Leman (Hummucide), Hugo Olsen-Smith (Hummucide), Hayden Richardson (Dr. Reknaw) and Olivia Campion (Yumi Zouma). This 8-piece groovy family have been boogying together since July 2020, and since then have kicked up a storm by opening for Cloak Bay for Tora Bombora’s sound check show, touring the top of the South Island for Twisted Frequency Festival, and releasing their first single “Sniffly Lady” February 19 2021.
Citing references such as The Talking Heads, Steely Dan, Minnie Riperton and Prince - Revulva is when jazz, pop and the new wave collide. Their live sound is an exciting, theatrical, and an all encompassing bodily experience. Revulva are not afraid to use their weapons of a powerful horn section (Leman, Shaw, Olsen-Smith, and Richardson), an impossibly groovy rhythm section (Hawkins, McLachlan, and Campion) and dramatic performance from the band’s leader, vocalist and bass player, Phoebe Johnson.
The members of Revulva were united at Te Koki, New Zealand School of Music where they all studied jazz performance. While they have not been playing together long, they anticipate releasing a larger body of work late 2021.