The Revivalists Achieve First Adult Alternative Songs No. 1
"Wish I Knew You" rises 2-1 on the radio airplay tally.
The Revivalists earn their first No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs chart, as the soul-infused seven-piece's "Wish I Knew You," the second single from the band's 2015 full-length Men Amongst Mountains, rises 2-1 on the chart dated Oct. 1. The New Orleans rockers rule in their second visit to the radio airplay ranking.
Frontman Dave Shaw tells Billboard that the song's coronation is a surprise. "We come from the jam band scene. It's not totally our scene, but if you told me a year ago [when Men Amongst Mountains was released, in July 2015] that we'd have a No. 1 record today, I would have said, 'F---yeah' … but I would have kind of looked at you in disbelief."
Prior Men single "Keep Going" reached No. 29 on Adult Alternative Songs (Nov. 7, 2015), but Shaw says the band "always kind of knew" that "Wish" was "the one." "We all thought, 'Well, we've never really done a song with a four-on-the-floor kind of beat," Shaw says. "So we're thinking, 'Well, this might be a slight departure, so we're gonna push that one second and see where it goes.'"
The gamble paid off, as the soulful, horn-laden track reaches the Adult Alternative Songs pinnacle in its 21st week. Additionally, the song became The Revivalists' first to make the Rock Airplay chart; it rises 36-33 with 1.8 million audience impressions (up 2 percent), according to Nielsen Music.
The Revivalists are in the midst of a U.S. tour that stretches through a Nov. 5 date in New York City, with Shaw teasing special New Year's plans.
Men Amongst Mountains became the band's first charting album upon its release, reaching No. 4 on Heatseekers Albums, No. 18 on Alternative Albums and No. 23 on Top Rock Albums with 3,000 copies sold in its first week; the record, released on Wind-up Records, has sold 19,000 to date.