There’s a distinct shortage of boogie in the modern world. Working as hired hands in band after band, Brooklyn musicians Eric Simons and Washington “Washy” Duke kept noticing the same thing: Big crowds, but no one dancing. Too much rock, not enough roll.
So they took matters into their own hands. With Duke on drums and Simons slinging his guitar, the duo started jamming at the Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY. Among the dropped jaws in the crowd was Kia Warren, a singer with gospel and R&B in her bones. Not content to listen, she insisted on joining in on vocals. The band agreed, and with the eventual addition of Chris “Premo” Waller on Bass, Revel In Dimes was born.
The quartet doesn’t concern themselves with blues purity. Respect for tradition is one thing, but blues music is about expression, channeling raw emotion into musical catharsis, and making people move in the process. Wilson’s fuzzed-out riffs and Duke’s relentless stomp do just that, conjuring up irresistibly controlled chaos, while Waller locks in a rock-solid groove to keep the whole thing in check. As for Warren, she soars above it all, cooing, crooning and cat-calling with the best of them. Brooklyn isn’t exactly known for the blues, but give Revel In Dimes half a chance, and they’ll make that change.
Biography by Peter Hemminger