Reverend Freakchild | God Shaped Hole

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God Shaped Hole

by Reverend Freakchild

New CD "God Shaped Hole" from the Amazing Reverend Freakchild
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Strange Magic
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2. Sweet Sweet You
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3. All Across America
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4. Supersubconscious
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5. My Good Friend Legba
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6. A Day Late and A $ Short
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7. Worried Mind
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8. Crazy Life (It's Alright)
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9. Stupid Motherf#%!er
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10. Causing Crying
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11. Don't Miss Nothing
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
From America’s Back Roads, Via New York City

There are times when you have to reach out and take a chance. When you take the name Reverend Freakchild someone is taking his chance, so I gave him a chance and listened to his sermon. He wanted to be in the line of the great reverends: Robert Wilkins, Horton Heat, and Billy C. Wirtz. Not a small feat by any means, but I have to admit this reverend might not be pure blues, but has a great album of American roots music. Turn down that dusty dirt road and leave the cell phone behind, the Reverend Freakchild is at the wheel.

When I first opened the disc I expected to hear something aggressive along the Horton Heat psychobilly lines, but instead I found a musician who plays guitar and harmonica who can write a song stronger than King freakin’ Kong! The songs aren’t even statement songs or political songs at all, they are just written with an older quill. This album reminds me of what was being released in the 1990s as the blues was booming and G. Love and Beck were leading the charge in the indie scene of preaching the blues to the middle-class white folks in high school. There were many other groups I liked a lot better than those two, and the Rev would have fit into that fold.

The album has him mainly using his Cosmic All-Stars as the band behind him. There are also tracks with Rev solo that sound just as full. The Cosmic All-Stars have some serious musical pedigree and some weird off-off-off the beaten path Broadway shows. To compare in sounds I have to use some obscure references of Preacher Boy, PW Long’s Reelfoot, and Woodbrain.

This album is a great album to get you started on a road trip. “Strange Magic” has a trippy groove to get you movin’. But most albums aren’t about the first song. It’s about the second and “Sweet, Sweet You” should get some serious radio play. You’re on the road now, on the highway headed clearly away from home and this mellow tune will set your mind at ease and get it flowin’. A dream of death leads to nods of Sister Rosetta, Son House, Jimi, Janis, John Lennon, and more that opens up channels in your mind that the road truly gives access to. There are some other tracks that hit on a similar vibe and the Rev sounds good in this setting, especially with some lap steel and fiddle behind him. Those instruments take the recording from being plain to lost in the plains.

To stretch things out the Rev takes his “Worried Mind” on a six-and-a-half-minute jam exploring depths that the rest of the album hint at, but come out on this song. His slashing slide work on “Don’t Miss a Thing” is a blues lover’s delight – modern day Son House. Another straight on blues riff is “A Day Late and A $ Short.” The writing has a Willie Dixon-type of lyric. “My Good Friend Legba” has some deep resonator guitar on it that takes him down in the bayou swamps. This guy is chameleon-like in his playing. The Reverend Freakchild can play so many styles with precision and passion. He has no need to be labeled a blues musician though.

- Kyle M. Palarino is a contributing editor at BluesWax.


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Tim Chilton

Loads of soul!
This album has a very impressive sound from start to finish. The honest, soulful guitar slides launch me back to a simpler time that is far away from the over-sampled music of my generation. If you want raw harmonica friended lyrics then you will enjoy these songs.

Sal Paradise

This CD is a redemptive ride.
This CD is a redemptive ride. From the first track we're off on a journey with the Rev of always becoming. Seeking a 'Strange Magic' that always seems to elude us. Next we travel down to the delta. The Reverend makes the pilgrimage to the crossroads and asks Robert Johnson for direction at his grave while paying homage to some classic rock icons on this sweet sweet track. We then travel 'All Across America' with lyric lifts from Woody Guthrie 'from California to the New York Isle' to Jimi Hendrix's Spanish Castle Magic reference of 'traveling by dragonfly'. Deeper still we traverse the winged 'Supersubconscious' drug-a-log of the Freakchild. Emerging resonator steel guitar'd acoustic we trudge the path of excess with Legba and the Rev to seek the palace of wisdom only to find we've arrived 'A day Late and a Dollar short' in an ode to the blues. But it's Alright because this CD is pure roots rock, and rolls on into shades of the Rev's 'Worried Mind' and 'Crazy life'. The Rev is an excellent harmonica player and plays some great solos on quite a few tracks on the disc. He also proves he can artfully bend some strings on 'Worried Mind' - probably the best track on the CD but a little long for a radio ready single. He leaves most of the colors and textures to the great lap steel, fiddle and Hammond B3 organ sidemen. All the songs on the disc are Rev originals, and a great piece of self deprecating songwriting is the tune 'Stupid Motherfucker'. It's destined to be an underground sing along cult classic. Redemption finally follows with the realization that all the Rev's hard living has been 'Causing Crying'. And then a final acoustic slide guitar tune with lyric beauty of biblical revelation overtones reminds us to 'Don't Miss Nothing' and sends us back into the world hopefully wiser for the ware.

The CD also includes 4 movies. 'Amsterdam Blues' - a great acoustic blues Polaroid diary of younger days gone past. 'God Shaped Hole' - the title track instrumental that finds the Freakchild's feet wandering through some amazing scenes. 'Don't Miss Nothing' - gets an instrumental Buddhist treatment and some pastoral passages that allude to the spirituality of the great video artist Bill Viola. 'This Train' with simple inspired vocal, resonator slide guitar, upright bass and hand claps finally transports the listener to transcendence.

Gene Foley

www.FoleyEntertainment.com
Dear Reverend, Great work on the songs! It was so refreshing to hear songs delivered with passion and power. The solo Blues song was a nice treat - and the songs with the Cosmic All-stars were also a pleasure to listen to. - Gene Foley www.FoleyEntertainment.com

C.H. Cutlass

Americana and rock; blue grass and blues...
The Reverend does it again... a memorable album that's sure to please a diverse audience! Heartfelt tunes like "Sweet Sweet You" and "Supersubconscious" should be landing the good Reverend on Austin City Limits. "All Across America" and "A Day Late and A $ Short" will keep any music lover roll'n down the road (excellent road trip tunes to be found throughout this album).

Cindy Smith

Wow!
Oh my God this music is awesome! You Rock Rev! I wanna have your baby :)

John Richardson

This CD Rocks!
Wow just what I wanted - keep on rocking Rev!

Jon Sobel

Slide-guitar Heart
The best parts of this new retro-hippie disc from Reverend Freakchild sound like the elements of a lost Nuggets collection dating from the acid-baked era of groovy music and naive idealism. "Everything was true," he sighs in "Sweet Sweet You" after namechecking Jimi, Janis, John, Rosetta Tharpe and Robert Johnson. It's a sly, moody song that reflects Rev's significant pastoral side. There's a flavor of early Grateful Dead through the disc, a laid-back feel even to the occasional rocker like "All Across America." But, un-Deadlike, Rev often sings in a somewhat hyper style, though his flattish, unpretentious voice is inviting but the opposite of showy. Mewling lap steel, plus fiddle from Sara Alden (of Luminescent Orchestrii), decorate the quiet "Supersubconscious," while Rev evokes voodoo and stinky New York summers with his Resonator guitar in "My Good Friend Legba." Towards its second half the disc loses some focus, getting extra loose and jammy so that one feels one might need to be tripping to appreciate it. "Causing Crying," for example, is a hookless country song that misses the mark. But the closer, "Don't Miss Nothing," wraps it all up into an airy blue package of slide-guitar heart.


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