Release Date: May 12, 2017
Record label: N/A
When hellacious Thee Hypnotics/Black Moses firebrand frontman Jim Jones disbanded his widely acclaimed Revue in 2014 there was much rending of skin-tight leather garments across the whiskey-addled world of full-tilt, snake-handling, mondocollapsorock'n'roll. The Jim Jones Revue were an urgent echo of wilder times, Jerry Lee at The Star Club force-fed amphetamines and tilted so far into the red as to be way beyond salvation. JJR recordings were only ever painfully loud, deafened at minimum volume, and invariably sounded like desperate last rites screamed into the pasty face of rock'n'roll's not-so-fresh corpse.
Following on from Thee Hypnotics, Black Moses and his acclaimed Revue, the hollerin' and testifyin' figure of Jim Jones has come to be rock & roll's very own Dr Who as he now enters his fourth incarnation with The Righteous Mind. And while each band has worshipped at the altar of ramalama to varying degrees of popularity, they've all been defined by individual characteristics and nuances to ensure that, while the fundamental zeal remains in place, there's enough of a remove from each other to offer something new. So while the Jim Jones Revue swan-dived into rock & roll's primordial ooze with an unrestrained sense of glee and abandon, Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind is an exercise in intensity, dynamics and space that, while summoning up the feral excitement of the former outfit, delivers a satisfying and continuingly intriguing payload from a great height.