Au Revoir are a heavy expansive instrumental doom rock five piece spread out around the Eastern Coast of the US. The band now consisting of Eric Annicchiarico, Gregg Peterson and Tyler Mandich on guitar, Carl Kranz on bass and Tyler Gilbert on drums have an exceptional ability to create sublime, expansive soundscapes and hypnotic crushing doom.
The inception of Au Revoir began in 2010 with just a few demoed tracks that came to fruition with 2012’s 9 song – 59 minute conceptual debut “In The Key Of Night.” Supporting “In The Key Of Night,” Au Revoir toured the States relentlessly, while still searching for a consistent line-up. 2013 then saw the release of “Black Hills,” an EP which shows the progress of the band taking steps towards finding and crafting it’s sound. Before their next full length, Au Revoir solidified their line-up, which in turn solidified the music they create, seeking to etch out a sub-genre of Instrumental music original to themselves.
On February 12, 2016 the band would become the second band to join the Elusive Sound roster.
On March 3, 2016 Au Revoir released their tour de force, the breathtaking concept album “Veles“. The band hit the road for a Spring 2016 US Tour, followed by US summer shows in late July and a US October Tour. At the end of the year, “Veles” was included in Post-Rock Listeners’ Choice 50 Best Releases of 2016 and featured at number 7 in Post-Rock Essentials Top 30 Releases Of 2016.
2017 would begin with the digital release of “Reverie“, a track from the Veles sessions, and video footage from a Little Elephant Session recorded in Toledo, OH during their 2016 fall US tour, out to a Co-Headlining slot on St. Louis’ first Woopsie Fest. This session in which they performed “The Bottom” and “Repose”, was also made available on vinyl with every record hand-cut in real-time on a high-quality stereo record lathe, hand numbered, hand stamped and made-to-order with screen printed jackets.
On March 3, 2017 Elusive Sound released the first European vinyl pressing of “Veles” on two high quality gatefold coloured variants, a standard edition named Transmigration and a deluxe edition named Rebirth, both featuring extended artwork by Dylan Partridge. The pressing quickly sold out.
On 16 September 2017, Au Revoir digitally released a second song from the Veles sessions, the heavy hitting “Sundowning“. As well as the long awaited announcement of their first European tour. This was all followed by a stinging performance at the first US edition of Dunk!festival a few weeks later, in the beginning of October.
“We have been very quiet for the past year because we decided we would invest all our energy and funds into touring Europe. This November will see us over there for our first time as a band. To say we are excited is an understatement”.
A few days before the tour kicked off in Copenhagen, Au Revoir released a video for “Sundowning”. Directed by Gabriel Francis, this was to be their first official video. Their first European tour would also see them play shows in Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, and France.
On March 5, 2018 the band self-released the second vinyl pressing of “Veles” and a few days later announced their first tour of 2018. Au Revoir DIY The World Tour kicked off in Richmond on April 23, 2018 and would see the band play 20 shows in total, split between North America and Europe. The European leg included a return to Lyon to play the first edition of the Lyon Post-rock Festival and Dunk!Fest 2018 in Zottegem, Belgium.
A must have album for everyone out there who is looking for experimental instrumentation with deep roots in post metal; ‘Veles’ would certainly not disappoint you.
(Number 7): Au Revoir returned in 2016 with a heavy and quite literally breath-taking release. “Veles” brings the dark clouds to gather overhead as a destructive sonic tide surges in. “The Bottom” inspires the listener to plunge into the water. “Drifting” opens the floodgates of the heavens. “Sinking” and Deluge” see that you get thrashed and pummelled just long enough for you to still be able to turn the record over and go through it all over again, which you do, again and again. Veles is transcending.
Post-Rock Essentials Top 30 Releases 2016
Veles is a pummeling, ominous, and fitfully heavy collaboration between Au Revoir’s five members in search of something larger than themselves. What’s immediately striking about Veles is the emotional roller coaster that develops between Au Revoir’s softest soundscapes and their heaviest riffs.
New Noise Magazine
Au Revoir are carving their own path with laser like precision. Their latest record demonstrates (yet again) an incredible ability to grow. All that’s left for the audience to do is bask in the glory of some of the best riffs the scene has to offer.
It’s fearless, ambitious, risky, challenging and emphatic. I find it really hard to say something bad about it. This is one of those albums which ticks all the right boxes.
Echoes & Dust
The latest release by Au Revoir, “Veles,” is a dark, ambient, and powerful testament to musical creativity. Composed with somber grooves that progress seamlessly into passionate jams and back again, “Veles” is a winding road through the valleys of unutterable human emotion. It’s not often that you find a band that can so effortlessly take their listeners on such a profound journey. Make sure you catch them on tour this October!
Thom Schultz/David Winters
Au Revoir have reformed themselves as a huge serpent, coiling tightly around the roots that lead us into the wet underworld of Veles. It is not only a world of wet grassy plains and eternal spring but one where we find ourselves in the deepest of caverns, watched over by the ghosts of the dead, awaiting impending doom. Veles is richly bleak with decadence but the listener never succumbs or falls prey. He watches the ground ripple like water and feels an irresistible urge to be lost in Veles’ violent sway.
Au Revoir’s pressbook is still in the works. You can download the cover of “Veles” for the time being.
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