Posts Tagged ‘reverend horton heat

29
Jul
10

Print o’ the week #4 – Powerhouse Factories : Revho print

Thought that this was a cool print from artists Powerhouse Factories.  This print they did for a Reverend Horton Heat show in 2006.  Only 2 prints remain out of an edition of 75, so if you want one you’d better hustle.  The print costs about $50, so not bad at all and is 24 x 18.

Powerhouse Factories is more than just a group of artists making gig posters, they seem to also have a strong graphic design service as well.

Regardless, check them out and the many cool prints they offer, sadly most are sold out.  For the Reverend Horton Heat print and many more, click here.

03
May
10

Nashville Pussy – From Hell to Texas (2009)

As I’ve been posting over the past few months and enlightening the masses about newly announced summer tours of the bands we love I’ve left out one in particular that you really should catch if they come to a town near you; the one and only Nashville Pussy. 

Yes, the name does turn heads and especially so when someone walks mid-conversation (as they did in my office) and overhear you saying how much you are really “loving the new Pussy”; slightly awkward to say the least.  However, once you clarify that “Pussy” is a band and that they rock it’s all good.

A friend of mine let me borrow the newest release from Nashville Pussy entitled From Hell to Texas  and as usual, I like it alot.  The album is high energy and pure Southern rock n’ roll; but with the slight twist of raw garage band  that always creates a sound for the band of not too overproduced; more importantly easily replicated on the road.  This band is tight, I’ve seen them warm up for Reverend Horton Heat several times and it’s never a dull show, never!

The opening song Speed Machine is a great opener with plenty of energy and blistering guitar that gets your foot stomping; the signature Pussy sound starts right out of the gate.  The second song From Hell to Texas is fun and very Motorhead-esque; fast paced and gritty.  Songs like Drunk Driving Man and Lazy Jesus are fun and energetic, they mix up the album at the right times so that the songs don’t all seem to rely on the same recipe, although I’m so High brings us back down to the classic Pussy sound we know and love.  

Songs like Ain’t Your Business, Dead Men  Can’t Get Drunk, and Late Great USA are fun but after a while I found myself pressing the skip button to regain my interest in the album.  Luckily, the Pray For The Devil brings the album back to life, but then a nose dive occurs with song Why, Why, Why; this sounds like a bad cover of Once Bitten Twice Shy (yuck!); this song will cause you to shake your head in disbelief since it just is so bad.  In my humble opinion, it is just not a song that fits this album on any level; although I’m sure it’s a fun song to sing along to at a show.  The album ends with songs Stone Cold Down; this is a solid song to end the album with and gains some redemption for the band, but there are some dead spots in this album that are real stinkers, sorry Nashville Pussy.

To the bands credit, Nashville Pussy is much better live than on a plastic disc.  Their live shows are pure energy and they get the crowd involved so this is not a band that one should overlook.  The album is not a dud, but as with most albums you will find those songs that appeal to you and those that do not; please do not take my opinion as gospel.  The album is worth at least a few listens and I’m sure it will not take you long for their sound to grow on you, Pussy’s version of Southern rock is fun and easy learn to love.  Not to mention that if you are a guy, the lead guitarist Ruyter Cuys is rather fun too look at playing in her black or red satin bra; and hell, she can really play really well too!

Right now Nashville Pussy’s tour is limited to only the West Coast but I’m hoping they will make a trip to the Northeast sometime this summer or fall.  Do yourself a favor and go see these guys, they are a fun show and worth the ticket price.

Nashville Pussy’s From Hell to Texas gets 3.5 out of 5 stars.

09
Mar
10

Reverend Horton Heat Tour 2010!

Per The Reverend Horton Heat website there are a slew of new dates that have been added for Summer 2010; included on the list is Hi-Fi’s hometown of Albany, NY on Sunday, May 23rd @ Northern Lights (Clifton Park, NY).  God knows we’ve been in need of some Rockabilly for sometime so in May we get our revival!

I’ve been to several RHH shows and I’ve never been dissapointed; always high energy, long sets and great encor’s.  The ticket prices have become a bit steep at $25 but I’m willing to shell it out for these guys, especially since I know that these guys play for every penny, trust me.

If you have not done yourself the service of seeing this true Rockabilly legend, please do.  Warming up on this tour are the bands Cracker and Miss Derringer.  Personally, I’m not thrilled with the warm up acts; my advice would be grab dinner and some beers prior to the show and arrive when The Rev hits the stage.  If Nashville Pussy, Backyard Tire Fire, SuperSuckers or Tiger Army were warming up, I would be there way early.  Cracker is the band that had the hits Euro-Trash Girl and Low in 1993; and I believe the members are ex-Camper Von Beethoven guys so it might be ok to catch, but I’m still not impressed, sorry.

Regardless, all the matters is that RHH is coming and I’ve been waiting.  Here’s the link for the touring schedule for The Rev, enjoy!

05
Nov
09

Reverend Horton Heat – Laughin’ & Cryin’ (2009)

Revho_cryinI was pretty excited when I picked up the recent release from The Reverend Horton Heat Laughin’ and Cryin’ on iTunes.  I got into Revho about 10 years ago when I saw them at a club called The Paradise in Boston; Nashville Pussy warmed up and it was an unforgettable show; no doubt I was hooked that night.   At that time they were basically touring to support the release of Holy Roller which was their first “best of” album (an album I highly recommend if you want to get into Revho!). 

Laughin’ and Cryin’ takes the Reverand Horton Heat listener back to Smoke em’ If You Got em’ (1991) days.  It is very reminiscent of that album and that it why I like this album, nostalgic all the way. Laughin’ and Cryin’ contains elements of country, rock-n-roll, rockabilly, and hardcore “punkabilly” that really put Revho on the map in the first place.  The first song Drinkin’ and Smokin’ Cigarettes sets a great tempo for the album, and each song that follows compliments the next.  Ain’t No Saguaro in Texas , basically the Rev’s attempt to recreate Marijuana for this album, although its not a replacement it’s a decent song none the less.  Death Metal Guys is a great song and reflects that The Rev has not forgot how to kick the band into high gear and produce a killer rockabilly song.  I would say that this might be the best rockabilly song since Generation Why off of the long forgotten album It’s Martini Time (1996).

To  listen to a sample of The Reverand Horton Heat’s Drinkin’ and Smokin’ Cigarettes click here.

Songs like Don’t Take the Baby to the Liqour Store and There’s a Little Bit of Everything in Texas are classic Revho signature songs; songs like these can be found on most of the other albums they have done before.  It’s not a negative aspect of the album,  instead it simply reflects that the same formula the Rev has used in past albums still sounds cool.  Some reviews from other listeners have labeled this album as “too country” and to a degree they are right; Laughin’ and Cryin’ does offers quite a mellow assortment of songs, yet I like that and think you will too.  The mellow songs actually provide a nice balance for the album and supports some of the stronger rockabilly songs.  All in all, it’s a really decent album yet does not indicate a new direction for The Rev and his music.

At this time in the Rev’s career he’s got nothing to prove to nobody and he knows it.  The band has a very loyal fan base and they’re known for a relentless touring schedule that makes every fan happy (hey, what’s not to like since they usually come to your town twice a year!).  

Clearly, the Rev is making the music that makes him happy.  He’s not looking for a homerun breakthrough album and I think he’s pretty comfortable with his current label YepRoc Records. 

Revho is the crown jewel of the rockabilly scene and has been for many years.  Without question all rockabilly bands today will agree that The Reverand Horton Heat is the standard that they all aspire to be like; yes, Revho is just that good.  The Rev is currenly on tour and if you have never had a chance to see him, spend the $15 and go, you won’t be dissapointed, trust me.

The Reverend Horton Heat’s Laughin’ and Cryin’ gets 4 out of 5 stars.




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