Reverie Sound Revue

Reverie Sound Revue is a Canadian indie rock group formed in 2002 in Calgary.[1] The group consists of Marc De Pape (guitar), John-Marcel de Waal (drums), Bryce Gracey (bass guitar), Lisa Lobsinger (vocals) and Patrick Walls (guitar). They are fronted by Lobsinger, who occasionally contributes to indie band Broken Social Scene.[2] The group originally formed in Calgary, Alberta in 2002, disbanded in 2004, but later reformed in 2005.[3] They have established a large fan base in Canada, but have had little success outside the country.[4][5] Their albums have received mostly positive reviews from critics,[1] although their songs have been criticized for not being memorable enough.[6]

Reverie Sound Revue
OriginCalgary, Alberta, Canada
GenresIndie rock
Years active2002 (2002)–2004 (2004)
MembersLisa Lobsinger
Patrick Walls
Marc De Pape
Bryce Gracey
John-Marcel de Waal


Reverie Sound Revue formed in Calgary, Alberta, in 2002.[3]

Reverie Sound Revue EP (2003–2004)Edit

In 2003, Reverie Sound Revue self-released[7] an eponymous extended play to critical acclaim,[1] which gained fans in the local music scene.[6] The EP also impressed indie rock performer Brendan Canning, which led to Lobsinger touring with his band Broken Social Scene.[8] The EP sold over 2000 copies, solely through live shows and Megatunes, a Calgary music store.[9] They toured Canada twice. They were included in the "Best of the Fest" line-up at Vancouver's New Music West festival in 2003.[10] The group disbanded in 2004[3] due to band members leaving Calgary for other places in Canada.[7]

Reverie Sound Revue (2005–present)Edit

After a year, band member Marc De Pape became interested in reforming the group. He used e-mail to send instrumental tracks to the other band members, who were living in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal, for them to play and record the other instruments.[3][5] On 23 June 2009, they released the album, entitled Reverie Sound Revue, on Boompa Records[2] after being in development for a total of seven years.[5] It received generally positive reviews from music critics.[1][5][6] The band also re-released their debut EP, including a bonus track.[7]

After releasing the album, they went on a "blog tour", with De Pape recording and releasing promotional live videos in which three of the band members played some of their songs online. He also made two music videos in order to promote the album.[3][7] The band has no plans to go on any real tours. In 2010, band member Lisa Lobsinger explained that the band members enjoy making music together, but were too busy with other activities to do live shows together.[11]

Musical styleEdit

The band has jazz[12] and "moody Britpop" as major influences for their albums,[1] and has been called an "under-appreciated band of Canadian popsmiths".[7] They also have the bands Ivy, Phoenix and Saint Etienne as minor influences for their music.[12] Lisa Lobsinger provides vocals for their releases, usually whispering.[6] Her voice is backed by clean guitar riffs,[4] "delicate" melodies, simple drum loops[6] and a wall of sound.[5] The music also features a tight rhythm section[13] and a large amount of reverb.[9] Their EP had the band use "heavy pop leanings" and sound synthesizers for their music. For the studio album, they abandoned that style for "more moody" music, without synthesizers.[5] The band's sound has been described as "ambient",[4] "cool and collected".[7]


The five members of Reverie Sound Revue are:[4]

  • Marc De Pape – guitar
  • John-Marcel de Waal – drums, bass
  • Bryce Gracey – bass guitar
  • Lisa Lobsinger – vocals
  • Patrick Walls – guitar


Studio albums

Reverie Sound Revue (2009)

Extended plays

Reverie Sound Revue EP (2003)


  1. ^ a b c d e Laura Studarus (8 September 2009). "Reverie Sound Revue – Reverie Sound Revue". Under the Radar. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b Tom Breihan (23 June 2009). "News in Brief: Common, Reverie Sound Revue, the Octopus Project, Cornbury Festival". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e Marc De Pape. "Reverie Sound Revue". Marc De Pape website. Archived from the original on 21 June 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d Erica Lenti (17 May 2010). "Band You Should Know: Reverie Sound Revue". Shred News. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Tyler Weir (31 August 2009). "Album review: Reverie Sound Revue". Treble Zine. Retrieved 3 February 2012.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b c d e Alan Cho (24 September 2009). "Calgary Music – Reverie Sound Revue". Fast Forward Weekly. Archived from the original on 16 October 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Reverie Sound Revue Reintroduce Themselves with Debut Album". Exclaim!. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  8. ^ Samantha Edwards. "Scene stealer: Lisa Lobsinger". Elle Canada. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Reverie Sound Revue biography". Reverie Sound Revue website. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  10. ^ New Music West's Industry Insider Adventures, ChartAttack, 27 May 2003, retrieved 3 March 2012[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Women Who Rock: Q&A with Lisa Lobsinger". Me: In Focus. 21 July 2010. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  12. ^ a b "An Introduction to Reverie Sound Revue". Chromewaves. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  13. ^ "Reverie Sound Revue". Herohill. 20 July 2009. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.

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