Reverend Horton Heat– “Laughin’ & Cryin’ ”
released September 1st, 2009 on Yep Roc Records
The Reverend Horton Heat returns with their first new album since 2004. Described as a mixture of rock, country and punkabilly but the very mention of punkabilly is enough for me to check it out. “Drinkin’ And Smokin’ Cigarettes” starts out with a decent 50s rock and roll sound with the big bass and slicked back vocals. Think Stray Cats here. “Death Metal Guys” is sped-up and the energy is much like hot-rodders playing chicken on a dead-end road. Just a bit of country as well but it has a very nice 50s feel to it. “Crazy Ex-Boyfriend” follows the same vibe with more of that rockabilly goodness, invoking Gene Vincent at times. Very nice album that is worth giving it a spin if rockabilly/punkabilly is your thing.
Recommended Tracks: 1,3,6,11
RIYL: Cramps, Stray Cats, Gene Vincent, Nekromantix