Concert preview: Reverend Horton Heat still refusing to coast

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

After logging nearly 30 years as a band, Reverend Horton Heat certainly qualifies for a victory lap — something it takes at the outset of its 11th studio album Rev, which surfaced early in 2014.

Despite leading off with “Victory Lap,” however, the Texas psychobilly trio declines to kick back here, revving through high-octane, surf-guitar drenched numbers (“Zombie Dumb”) and highway burners that could soundtrack any “The Dukes of Hazzard” chase scene (one can almost catch the whiff of fumes steaming off “Smell of Gasoline”). It’s a welcome departure from the crew’s previous album, the roots-leaning Laughin’ and Cryin’, released in 2009, a fitful effort that found singer/guitarist Jim Heath and Co. taking their feet off the accelerator.

This time around, a relentless sense of momentum drives everything, surfacing everywhere from the song titles (“Never Gonna Stop It,” “Scenery Going By”) to the breakneck pace, which should make for a raucous evening of music when the band takes the stage for a weekend concert at Skully’s.

Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons opens the show.

Photo by Gene Ambo

Skully's Music-Diner

8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10

1151 N. High St., Short North