Featured Band July 8th: Ravel
In summer of 2012 a group of activists managed to persuade their company’s director to create a music group and finance them to get all the instruments and apparatus for the rehearsals and concerts.
Max and Alexander were also in the group of activists. Guys had been working together in one big organization, but they actually met each other only in the process of making this crazy plan real: to make a music group in the company, not connected with music at all. After a short period of time when everything was ready, the group started to rehearse. Their repertoire consisted only of cover-songs of famous singers. However, this group lived not for a long time. Every other concert Max and Alexander realized that their point of view on music was totally different than everybody else’s. As a result guys created their own group called “8 passengers”.
Since 2012 till 2014 this group was having concerts, took part in fests, especially abroad, was the headliner of its own fest and took part in charity events. During the whole period of group’s existence Max left it and came back again and again. After another leave it was over for the other participants of “8 passengers” and they started looking for a new guitarist. They found John. Alexander, who had played only a rhythm-guitar started playing bass instead of a bass-guitarist who had just left the group. By the irony of fate Max came back the same time a new guitarist arrived. After a couple of rehearsals both Max and John stayed in the group as guitarists. They had some more concerts together and then the drummer and the sound man left. Alexander claimed about him stopping to work in a group. If one enjoys silence as a reason to feel calm, others use it to create something new.
In June 2014 John and Max decided to mix their own music together. They took all the equipment to John’s apartment and started making their first instrumental track. That is how “Flak” was born and became a big checkpoint for a new group called “Ravel”. The next half of 2014 guys had been working hard on creating new material for their first album. During this period time Alexander came back. In February 2015 there was made a decision to record the first album. The recording was hard, stopped for some time, because guys had to work and make an album at the same time. “Our job really interferes with music, but it allows us to pay for everything”, – the group members say.
Despite all the troubles, the first single “Attacking” went out in summer 2015.
In September of 2015 the first album “Losing Life” was recorded and it released in October 2015.
Max Harrel- Lead & Rhythm Guitar
John Drevs- Rhythm & Lead Guitar
Alexander Leman- Bass Guitar
New Single of Ravels song Abyss found Here