Here’s the “what’s what” on a new band in town called Reverist.
They’re a two-man band from Orlando that was formed this year. Steve Addington handles percussion and Omar Qazi handles everything else (piano, guitar, vocals). In the short month and a half since Reverist started playing shows, they have already tackled the feat of playing last month in the UCF Jars for Jams Battle of the Bands. They placed 2nd in the competition, NBD.
Currently capping out at two musicians, Reverist certainly has room to grow, and they plan to when the right fit comes along. The sound of Reverist is piano driven pop/alternative that can be likened to Keane, Passion Pit, M83, and Coldplay.
The name Reverist is a nod to the word from which it is derived-reverie – meaning, to dream. It makes sense then that their music has been inspired by dreams and that there is a dreamy sort of quality found in many of their songs. Omar started writing songs during undergrad at UCF and upon returning to the area for a medical residency he decided to give playing live music a shot and put out a craigslist ad. Some craigslist stories really do end in happiness!
Even though Omar is busy being a doctor, Reverist is writing about two new songs a month.
Other upcoming shows for Reverist will be at Backbooth and Orlando Brewing Company in January. They will be recording in a studio at the beginning of next year with Wholehearted Productions as part of their 2nd place win at UCF’s Battle of the Bands.
Expect an EP out by the end of January and for more information check out their Facebook page