Review: Reverend Horton Heat

Reverend Horton Heat
“Lucky 7”
(Artemis Records)

“Lucky 7” is the seventh album from Reverend Horton Heat (eighth if you count “Holy Roller,” their recently-released anthology).  The album finds the trio in fine form, dishing out their brand of raucous rockabilly with a definite surf influence.  As far as subject matter, there’s nothing terribly original. There are songs about love gone wrong (“What’s Reminding Me of You,” “Remember Me”), songs about cars (“Reverend Horton Heat’s Big Blue Car,” “Suicide Doors”), and songs about both love gone wrong and cars (“Galaxy 500”).  They occasionally mix it up with a song about drinking (“Loco Gringos Like a Party”), or by slowing down the hectic tempo to deliver a catchy but strange number like “The Tiny Voice of Reason.”  Don’t let any of this get in the way of the reason we’re all here, though–these guys can flat out play.  The Reverend’s guitar wails, and Scott Churilla goes gonzo on the drums.  The Reverend and his compatriots are like a well-oiled machine, and a roaring one at that–it’s truly something to behold.  “Lucky 7” comes recommended.