Take one part Jerry Lee Lewis, add one part Motörhead, and I give you The Jim Jones Revue. The Revue gives 50s-style rock’n'roll a punk rock (steel-toed) kick in the pants that makes you hope there’s a divey swing joint in hell—because they’d be the house band.
The Jim Jones Revue’s second album, Burning Your House Down [Amazon, iTunes], has been picking up critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic (they’re from London—I’m guessing one of the seedy parts). But I doubt critical adoration matters at all to this band. No, this is music to serve as the soundtrack to a bar brawl in a place where the bar and floor are perpetually sticky from dried booze going uncleaned.
Okay, so that’s probably not what you’ll experience if you check out the Jim Jones Revue on their North American tour, kicking off tonight in Vancouver. But you can pretend. And even if there’s not a brawl, the Revue will do enough ass-kicking of their own to compensate.
Sept. 1 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
Sept. 3 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Sept. 4 – Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot Festival
Sept. 7 – San Francisco, CA – Independent
Sept. 8 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo
Sept. 10 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sept. 11 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Sept. 12 – Montreal, QC – Casa del Popolo
Sept. 13 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
Sept. 14 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s Tavern
Sept. 16 – Philadelphia, PA – The Blockley Pourhouse
Sept. 17 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
Sept. 18 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s