The Reivers Biography
First, there was a certain musical chemistry among the
musicians that permeated all their songs. You could
hear in the music that they really enjoyed what they
were doing and clicked as a band. There was a
refreshing lack of pretension in the sound they created
on album and in performances. These were people you
felt you could walk up to on the street and talk to.
Second, they put to good use unusual vocal
arrangements. The interplay of John Croslin's and Kim
Longacre's voices on songs such as "Freight Train Rain", and "Blue Eyes" with Kim
singing melody lines- in effect, using her voice as an instrument, was dynamic.
Throughout its existence, the band included: John Croslin- main songwriter, vocalist,
guitars; Kim Longacre- vocals, guitars; Cindy Toth- bass, violin; and Garrett Williams-
drums. The Reivers' first incarnation, Zeitgeist, emerged from Austin, TX with an E.P. on db
Recs in 1984. Releasing the full-length album "Translate Slowly" the next year, they began
to build a sizeable audience. In mid-1987 they were forced to change their name by "some
new age band" which claimed the copyright. Choosing the name "The Reivers" (pronounced
Reever, meaning Thieves or Raiders- from the Scottish "Reiffar") from the title of a William
Faulkner novel, they continued recording. "Translate Slowly" was later reissued with the
new name on cd with bonus tracks.
Their second album also came out in 1987. Called "Saturday", it showed a marked maturity
in the sound and songwriting. 1989 saw the release "End of the Day". "Pop Beloved", which
would prove to be The Reivers' final album, came out in 1991. They played their final show
at Austin's Cannibal Club later in the year. The road during the band's career had been a
rocky one. In the Austin Chronicle article found in the articles section of this site, Ken
Lieck writes "The record business troubles that plagued Zeitgeist/The Reivers from day
one are legend in themselves.... what is mostly important is that circumstances led the group
to an early breakup and Croslin far from the urge to start another band."
(text copyright Rob Caldwell)