REV by Reverend Horton Heat (Victory Records)
Get in, strap up and hold on tight for a kickass ride full of rockabilly and roots rock from the trio of singer/guitarist Jim Heath, bassist Jimbo Wallace and drummer Scott Churilla as they present REV, their 11th album and first in four years. REV warms up the engines with the instrumental Victory Lap, and peals out burning rubber with Heath recalling a tough girl named Betty back in high school who liked The Smell of Gasoline. The boys play their instruments like that Chevy Nova rolling along at breakneck speed.
Zombie Dumb is the theme song for a fictional movie about surfing zombies that will get you shimmying and shaking in the sand along with those pesky brain-eaters. Next up is a hard grooving rocker about a serial heart-breaker known only as Spooky Boots. On Schizoid the band make insanity appealing, the trio keep up a fast beat and the guitars rave and wail, a creepy theremin crying in the background. My Hat is a more traditional rockabilly song with plenty of smooth “go, cat, go!” guitars, punchy bass and drums.
On Let Me Teach You How to Eat, the Rev has more on his mind than watching the Food Network as he and the boys chant “Let me teach you how to toast/ make a bloody red roast/be the perfect party host” and when he sings about cooking tacos in the middle of the street and marinating meat you’ll laugh as you shake your ass. Food porn set to a rockabilly beat!
REV is full of heart and humor and songs that will be soon sang loudly by the band’s rabid fans. The album is a fine introduction to anyone looking for honest and authentic American rock’n’roll.
(by Bret Miller)