American Revival has no particular religious agenda, but lead singer/guitarist Thomas Pendarvis is bringing a message to his hometown friends and relatives in the Hot Springs area.
Pendarvis is the lead singer of the Minneapolis-based rock band, American Revival, which has a show in the Spa City this weekend.
“I’m looking forward to my first-ever show in Arkansas,” Pendarvis says. “I graduated from Lake Hamilton in 2000 and have been several places since then.”
Pendarvis left Pearcy, a suburb of Hot Springs, and moved to Austin, Texas, where he stayed for five or six years, singing in a band, The Good Neighbor Policy. His next stop was Missoula, Mont., where he pursued some college studies for a time.
“I had a band there, too, and we toured a bit,” he says, “and when we played here in Minneapolis, I liked it so much I just moved here.”
Pendarvis’ band mates are Jared Wagner on lead guitar, Collin Neugebauer on bass and Jeremiah Talamantes on drums.
Formed in the summer of 2010, the band released an EP, Honky Trash Tonky, followed by a debut album, The Worst Is Over Now.
Though the band has been described as alt-country, Americana, cow punk, punk country and the like, Pendarvis feels those labels are over-reaching a bit.
“I just think we’re an indie rock ’n’ roll band, or maybe even a Southern indie band,” he says. “Every time I hear myself sing, I sound a little more country.”
All the band’s lyrics are penned by Pendarvis, and then the band members work on their parts of the music. Pendarvis grew up listening to the country albums of his family, either his father’s collection, or that of his grandmother, Carolyn Cantrell (now Clark), who had her own recording career.
“I really liked listening to the music of Johnny Horton, Conway Twitty and Johnny Cash,” he says. “My first concert, I went to Barton Coliseum to see ZZ Top when I was 12 or 13.”
The group’s most recent recording, Thank Ya Kindly, came out March 8. Getting that recording done kept the band from taking part in the South by Southwest music festival in Austin but Pendarvis figures the band needed to finish the recording and tour a bit in their home base, the upper Midwest.
American Revival will be playing Maxine’s because Pendarvis came home for a visit a couple of years ago and he and his girlfriend visited the club, which they liked.
“And my dad, Travis Pendarvis, who owns Best Roofing Co., has never seen my band play, and I didn’t want to make him have to drive to Little Rock,” he says. “And maybe I’ll see some of my old friends from Pearcy and Hot Springs, also.”
Opening act: Fitra 9 p.m. Saturday, Maxine’s, 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs Admission: $5 (501) 321-0909 maxineslive.com
Weekend, Pages 37 on 09/05/2013
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