Illuminating a Revolution that is Above Disorder

Postpunk / nugaze / electro artist Revolution Above Disorder presents his debut offering ‘Illuminate,’ a 3-track offering produced, mixed and mastered at Jacknife Sound by Jason Corbett of ACTORS. A melting pot of postpunk, psychedelic rock and electronic music underpinned by raw, sincere vocals, guitar-based rock augmented by synths, drum machines and heavily treated instrumentation with a spine of pure melody.

Revolution Above Disorder is Dubliner Stephen Nicholas White, who is currently based in Vancouver. Revolution Above Disorder’s music is electronic-tinged postpunk with raw, honest lyrics driving the songs.

Illuminate‘ is the song that kickstarted Revolution Above Disorder. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I’d just come off a European tour with Magic Shoppe, and I found myself having to cancel scheduled plans with The Orange Kyte. In my downtime, I began to reevaluate where I was headed musically, and I realized I’d become dissatisfied with what I’d been doing. As I searched through old demos from the past, some going back over a decade, I was excited to hear songs with real potential that either I’d abandoned or just plain forgotten about. I grew interested in the idea of this modern-day version of myself collaborating with my chaotic and directionless former self. I wanted to finish what I’d started many years prior. ‘Illuminate‘ was the first one I needed to record,” says Stephen Nicholas White.

The original version of Illuminate is a powerful and euphoric postpunk/shoegaze single rooted in new wave and electro rock’ Shannon Hemmett and Kendall Wooding on backing vocals, bandmate Adam Fink on drums, and Josiah Webb of Magic Shoppe on guitar. The original version is a powerful and euphoric postpunk/shoegaze single rooted in new wave and electro-rock. The accompanying video was directed and edited by Eliot Galán of Galán Films, a key creative in Vancouver’s film & tv industry, starring Analissa Longoria and Mat Durie.

This release also features the more dance-oriented ‘Illuminate (Delta Omega Remix),’ produced by Delta Omega, a.k.a. Dublin-based Conor Paxton. “The formidable sonic wizard that is Mr. Conor Paxton AKA Delta Omega is a long-time friend and musical collaborator of mine. After initially bonding over a mutual love of Death in VegasMy Bloody Valentine and Primal Scream, we formed House of Dolls and duly embarked on many gloriously heady adventures and misadventures across Ireland, the UK and Europe,” says Stephen Nicholas White.

“This remix he has done for ‘Illuminate’ is indicative of just how well he understands the essence of what I’m doing with Revolution Above Disorder. Coming at it with a dreamy, psychedelic sensibility, it calls to mind peak Ecstasy-driven New Order, early seventies Germany, all filtered through an Eno-Esque ambient shoegaze lens. I fucking love it. And I think you will too.”

As of October 22, the ‘Illuminate’ maxi-single was released digitally everywhere, including Apple Music, Spotify and directly from the artist via Bandcamp.

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