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Burning Your House Down
The Jim Jones Revue Burning Your House Down
Released 3 September 2010
Producer Jim Sclavunos
Label

Punk Rock Blues
PIAS Recordings
Length 32:51
Genre Punk rock blues
Website www.jimjonesrevue.com
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The Jim Jones Revue; a group of middle aged men playing rock 'n' roll that sounds like it’s been lifted straight from the 1950s. While it might sound like the ingredients for a naff wedding band, it has an added punk twist that elevates it above impersonation. Led by Jim Jones (former guitarist and lead singer of Three Hypnotics) they arrived in 2008 with their self titled debut that mixed shouty vocals, heavy guitars and insane piano to create something that relied heavily on the past but still managed to sound fresh. Burning Your House Down, the groups latest release, follows on from their impressive debut with more of the same, good old fashioned rock 'n roll.

There’s nothing exceptionally groundbreaking about The Jim Jones Revue, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. As the name might suggest, Burning Your House Down is a testosterone fuelled riot, with song names like 'Shoot First' and 'Killin' Spree' this is not a band trying to get in touch with their feminine side. The sound is raw giving it a 'warts and all' feel that fits the music perfectly. The only instrument that comes through clearly is the piano, played expertly by Elliot Mortimer, who at some point in his life clearly became possessed by the spirit of Jerry Lee Lewis.

Away from the aggression is the sleaze; 'Foghorn' with it's refrain "Come closer my dear/I can almost taste you from here" is pure trashy rock, while 'Elemental' has recurring breakdowns comparing a particularly volatile love interest to various forces of nature, Jones delivering the lines with relish. It's vulgar, it's demeaning and it's a whole lot of fun.

The biggest criticism that can be levelled against The Jim Jones Revue is obviously the lack of originality, so many of the riffs used sound familiar even on the first listen through. It’s not something that can be really defended but it doesn’t need to be. They are repackaging a sound that is mostly ignored today and injecting it with a venom and machismo that is missing from so much of the politically correct music in the charts. It’s not going to be to everyone’s taste, but for those who like to rock and rock hard, this is for you.

- Brian Kinsella