The Reverend Horton Heat cites three reasons for titling his new album, due out Jan. 21, "Rev."
"Well, you can Rev a motor and, of course, I'm the Reverend Horton Heat," says Heat, aka Jim Heath. "And really it's because this album's kind of all about me. There's no producer here. I will say I did get some suggestions that were somewhat unwelcome from a couple of different people -- I won't say who -- that I think made a little bit of a negative impact.
"But that being said, this album's really all me. It was a lot to do with me doing research and being on a pretty big learning curve with recording ourselves and getting the right equipment and learning how to use it. It was me being there all day, every day when we weren't touring. So basically it's all about me -- Rev."
"Rev," Heat's first new album in nearly four years, says true to the Texas-based artist's modern rockabilly roots throughout its 14 tracks, incorporating nods to the blues and punk rock and even taking the occasional serious tinge on songs such as "Scenery Going By" and "Chasing Rainbows." But Heat says the best part of the project was being able to turn the group's group's rehearsal facility, Modern Electric Recorders near Dallas, into a recording studio, which allowed him luxuries that he hasn't had on his other 10 releases.
"We did some of it in a commercial studio, but by and large most of it we recorded ourselves, so that meant we could spend more time on it without having to pay studio costs and all that stuff," Heat, 54, explains. "So we did kind of take our time doing it.
"There are several songs on the album we would completely trash and re-do the song, like, four times. That made it a little stretched out, but it's a good thing to be able to do that. It's not like we did a lot of overdubbing or anything like that, but it's always been a little frustrating to be pressed into a situation with most of our albums where we have two weeks, three weeks to do everything. This gave us more of a chance to knock the songs around a little bit more and make sure our performance was right on where we wanted it."
The Reverend Horton Heat, Necromantics, the Creepshow and Deke Dickerson perform Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23 in advance, $25 day of show. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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