Jim Jones Revue – Live

29 Oct

Concorde 2: Wednesday, October 24 2012

The Jim Jones Revue’s live shows usually resemble their hair styles; they’re slick, greasy and have seemingly been dragged kicking and screaming from a warped 50s apocalypse.

So it was a bit of a shock when the start of this show was more turgid than turbo-charged. Even the usually unhinged and raucous Shoot First with its screaming chorus was subdued and shaky, with singer Jim missing his cue to come in on more than one occasion.

But just when you thought this was going to be a damp quiff, they recaptured their hammed-up sense of theatre and in your face intensity with three songs that salvaged their set. First, the pumping chorus of It’s Gotta Be About Me woke those more than three rows from the front from their slumber, before the throat shredding vocals and fierce jabbing guitar on Catastrophe and the bluesy riffs and honky-tonk piano of Killin’ Spree maintained the standard with precision rhythms and cataclysmic drumming.

However, having finally found most of their full-throttle form – and sustained it with a mixture of crowd participation, hyped-up adrenaline and classic rock posturing – they never quite reached the demented heights they are capable of.

You’re meant to leave a Jim Jones Revue gig drenched in sweat with a high-pitched ringing in your ears and vocal cords in tatters, not a nagging doubt that they somehow hadn’t quite managed to be as extreme – or exciting – as you know they can be.

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