NYC's Martin Rev is a one of music's most influential and creative. His mainstream profile has remained somewhat opaque due to his focus on creativity and art as opposed to commercial viability.
Nevertheless, as the lone instrumentalist in the legendary duo Suicide, his pulsing hissing keyboards continue to challenge and inspire generations of underground music fans. Countless artists have cited Suicide as an influence including The Jesus and the Mary Chain, Joy Division, New Order, Nick Cave, Radiohead, Spacemen 3, Ric Ocasek, R.E.M. and Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen's "State Trooper" from his Nebraska album is clearly influenced by Suicide. Springsteen also performed a solo keyboard version of Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream" to end the concerts on his 2005 "Devils and Dust" tour. Suicide's recordings are considered to be some of the most influential alternative music recordings of all-time. Suicide (1977), is particularly heralded, often regarded as a classic. Suicide continues to play live throughout the world, performing at among others, the South Street Seaport Festival in lower Manhattan in August of 2007, the London Forum with Nick Cave on his debut of his new group Grinderman, and Agnes B's fashion week 30th anniversary celebration at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, featuring groups including Sonic Youth and Patti Smith.
While remaining active in Suicide, Martin Rev is busy as a solo producer and performer. Les Nymphes marks his seventh solo album, released almost three decades since his self-titled debut salbum was released in 1980. Les Nymphes follows Rev's debut on File Thirteen, 2004's very well received album To Live. Since the release of To Live, Martin Rev has played solo dates in Europe including Athens and Thessalanki in Greece, many cities in Italy, Helsinki and Tampere Finland, Berlin, Geneva, festivals in Nantes (the Ideale) and Pau, Paris, and Lille in France. In 2007, the Rev CD Cheyenne was re-issued by Mind Expansion records that included three new tracks not on the previous 1991 release. In May of 2008 Cheyenne and Strangeworld were reissued digitally.