One of the coolest things about officially released live versions of popular songs is that they show off how different something familiar can be when presented in a different context. For instance, in its studio original rendition, The Revivalists’ “All My Friends” is a highly enjoyable adult alternative song about how great it is to have friends when you’re young and reckless.
Conversely, the live rendition of the same song recorded at the Red Rocks Amphitheater sounds and feels very different. Slowed down, more soulful and featuring a sublime guitar solo, this version of “All My Friends” comes off like the kind of track that would be incredibly fun to sing along with at a live venue.
The live version of “All My Friends” also shows off how polished the Revivalists are as a touring act. Though the group has only come to prominence recently, they’ve actually been together. As detailed in this NPR interview, the band formed in 2007 after guitarist Zack Feinberg had a chance encounter with lead singer David Shaw in New Orleans.
Fans interested in experiencing the Revivalists’ electric music live and in person should make plans to visit the Midwest this spring. In late April, the band will be playing a show at Royal Oak, Michigan’s own Royal Oak Music Theatre.
The Revivalists’ upcoming tour dates.
April 20 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre (Tickets)