Reverend Horton Heat Live at Nuemos in Seattle

Reverend Horton Heat Live at Nuemos in Seattle
Photo By: Ruben Lira

Photo By: Ruben Lira

Capitol Hill, one of the many creative areas in Seattle. The hill, with its unique restaurants, venues and bars is the artistic persons dream. Thursday night at Nuemos in the Capitol Hill district, the great Reverend Horton Heat graced Seattle with his usual eccentric music and performance which was one not to be missed.

The last show in Seattle for Reverend Horton Heat was at Bumbershoot in 2014. With the usual great performance and personal interactions with the fans, The Reverend once again did not disappoint. He opened his set with “Victory Lap” which led into the memorable “Psychedelic Freakout.” The crowd was into every note and clearly dug the rhythm being laid down within every song. For a brief moment you almost felt you were transported to a Texas dive bar, with a country punk vibe circulating throughout the venue.

The next two songs were “Devil Chasing me” and “Never Gonna Stop it.” The lead singer (The Reverend Horton), Jim Heath, proceeded to announce his opinion of the next song saying, “this was the dumbest song I ever wrote” which was the precursor for what happened to be one of their best songs of the night, “Zombie Dumb.” The song began with the classic surf tone coupled with a heavy chorus effect layered on the guitar which went right into the thunderous drum playing of Scott Chrilla. Three songs later the Reverend decided to do a cover of what he proclaimed as one of his favorite songs “Johnny B good.” During the cover, the bass player, Jimbo Wallace, decided to take over the guitar playing, while The Reverend, Jim Heath, played the bass.

The best song of the night belonged to “Baddest of the bad.” With its strong emphasis on the bass and drums, The Reverend sang with his usual distinct tone, which only The Reverend could make sound so good. They closed their set with “Big Red Rocket love.” This song made sure everyone was either dancing or singing along with the lyrics. After a resounding reception, the band decided to come out for an encore. They played “Honky Tonk Night Time Man.” The Reverend made sure to give each band member their time in the spot-light. The drummer went into at least an 8 minute drum solo which was an amazing showcase of the drummers ability. The bass player then went into his fierce solo. Finally the band proceeded to walk off stage, ending the night to a standing ovation.

Reverend Horton Heat played with the style we all have come accustom to from this band. They made sure everyone went home sweaty, smelly and with songs which will stay engrained in their minds for several weeks. The Reverend blessed Seattle with another euphoric performance which will only encourage the Seattle music faithful to anxiously await for their return, hopefully sooner rather than later.




Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton

Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.

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