As I walked through the backstage poster-ridden corridor of Beatpol in Dresden, Germany, I could hear Chuck Ragan’s growling baritone voice warming up along with tenor Jay Malinowski, who sung as he fixed his hair. To my left was the band’s work station, with computers meant for updating websites and coordinating the next half of the tour. Straight ahead at the end of the hall sat storyteller Rocky Votolato as he quietly composed himself and prepped for the show. Farther down on the left was another room with Emily Barker and Cory Branan who were singing a borrowed tune that belonged to the night’s international jamboree, The Revival Tour. In the back sat the two members of Ragan’s band and The Dead Coast (who are also known as The End Tree).
All of the musicians together form The Revival Tour: A five-year running musical endeavor that attempts to bring people together through collaborated song. The musicians, all from different corners of the world, have successfully toured together as “The Revival Tour” across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe, proving that group efforts can attract listeners in tremendous ways.
The End Tree started as a musical project for three students at the University of British Columbia. Aiden Brant-Briscall, Martin Reisle and Elliot Vaughan traveled a long way from home to join the rest of the musicians from The Revival Tour. The band’s other active project, The Dead Coast, is the supporting band for Jay Malinowski (formerly Bedouin Soundclash). The End Tree has been writing, performing, and recording for a couple years now. A violinist, violist, cellist, some vocal harmonies by all, and a united stage presence makes this trio something more than your classic dinner music, but not quite as dramatic as the theater. It is something in between that makes The End Tree so fascinating to audiences and songwriters alike. They are building a reputation based on their superior musicianship and growing resume of collaborations.
Beatpol was a fitting venue for The End Tree and The Revival Tour. The venue’s arched, century-old ceilings created a beautiful, echoed sound for the deeply folk-infused music. During quieter numbers, the audience was still and attentive, and during louder, fuller songs the audience became livelier and interacted more with the bands. These fluctuations of high and low energy really kept listeners on their toes.
In the following interview, Reisle, Vaughan, and Briscall talk about their experience on the Revival Tour, what their performance involves, and what they have learned as musicians on the road. To check out more international dates from The Revival Tour, click here.