Interview: Big Smile Revival

phicadelic band

1) Bio
Big Smile Revival are a hard hitting, free flowing, alternative rock outfit from Bristol with a psychedelic philosophy. Formed mid-2017, they have become well known on the Bristolian live music scene for their seismic performances which encompass their unique and ever-evolving mix of psych, post-punk, grunge, stoner rock and 1960s influenced grooves.
Working as a DIY, self-managed, independent unit, the band continues to venture very much down their own path with the arrival of their debut extended play, “The Universal Veil” - Out everywhere on 2nd July 2021.
When you come to see Big Smile Revival expect a whirlwind of unpredictable melodies cresting the waves of sound that tell colourful stories of the light and dark vibrations of life.

Stay in touch with the band on social media @bigsmilerevival, via all of their links on and email at

2) Line up
Steve Hymas - Lead Vocals and Guitars
Ed Till - Bass, Keys and vocals
Matthew Rowcliffe - Drums

3) We sound like
If Jefferson Airplane and Black Sabbath had a love child that started a hybrid RHCP and Thee Oh Sees tribute band.

4) Discography
- First 2 demo singles “Meat Suits” and “Souls of Leather” both released April/May 2019
- Debut 4-track EP “The Universal Veil” released 2nd July 2021!

5) Influences
- All music, but particularly 60’s and 90s Psych and alternative Rock. Hendrix, Nirvana, Thee Oh Sees, deepening what day you ask us.

6) What do you write about?
Psychedelics, Plant healing, abstract art, psychology, social commentary and spirituality.

7) Your favourite live performance so far
The first time we headlined The Fleece in Bristol (where we formed and are based) in Jan 2019. But tomorrow (31/07/21) we have our first gig ever London and it’s a sell-out and our first post-lockdown gig in 18 months so that’s likely to take over as number one!

8) Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage
In the studio once Matt was drumming without his shirt on but we had to stop and he had to re-top as Ed kept hallucinating and seeing a face made of his nipples and belly button roll as a mouth which was singing in time to Steve’s vocals. We had to regroup after.

9) Your favourite records
- The Who live at Leeds 1970 (The Who)
- Californication (RHCP)
- Flying Microtonal Banana (King Gizzard)

10) A musician you would like to meet for a beer
Jim Morrison

11) What will you ask backstage if you were the most important band on earth
At a real push - A plain room with water, a meditation rug and a couple of pot plants. Ego rock is the complete opposite to who we are.

ALL of our links and updates can be found at:

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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