Today we feature, Reverends who are putting out some of the best psych tunes , I’ve ever listened to this side of The Black Angels. Today you will be able to visit Fat Elvis Records to learn more about how and when to place your pre-order. Super cool tracks , that showcase the immense talents of Reverends , be sure to visit Fat Elvis Records to snag your copy……..
Fat Elvis Records is back in action with a new upcoming release
FER-005 will be a 7″ by Atlanta’s psych rock band REVERENDS! The double A-Side record features the tracks “The Dark Demon” and “Witch City”. Darren Grealish did the the artwork for it, and it looks incredible!
As usual, the record will have three different versions, but will be more limited than any of my other releases. Here’s the scoop:
Pink Vinyl – 100 copies
Orange Vinyl- 100 copies
Pink and Orange Heavy Splatter – 75 copies
Dandy Lee Strickland from REVERENDS
for those unfamiliar with your band’s history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?
Ryan Pitchford put our band together – thank Mighty Rasheem. He was in Atlanta trying to get back into studio engineering and saw that I’d just come back from Portland. He asked me if I had songs, I said sure. I went in and he brought in a drummer – his cousin Kyle. Kyle and I hit-it-off right away and decided to start a band. What was the basis for ‘SomeHighSun’ and ‘$70’ came together right there the first time we jammed. Eventually we found our first guitarist, the incredible Nick Bable through a craigslist ad. Oddly enough he had just met Hot Dan Strickland through another craigslist ad. I suppose he thought we were the same person. That’s how it started.
who would you list as your musical influence?.
Well there’s the obvious psychedelic/drone/shoegaze/whatever influences. When I was a kid I would listen to radio static for hours. I was obsessed with shortwave radio and finding numbers stations. It was the real-life equivalent of I Hear a New World. I remember having a strange obsession with listening to the washing machine going downstairs. I found the dial tone of a telephone strangely comforting and really loved it when the the howler tone would kick in. Then there’s the first time I heard the Velvet Underground. It was just a natural progression after that.
As a band even though we don’t really sound like it we are all influenced by Outlaw Country. We’re all Georgia boys and were raised on it. Outlaw Country is our punk, it’s our approach. We could’ve been the Highwaymen 3. Hot Dan’s from Abbeville. Taylor’s from Cartersville. Kyle’s family owns half of Dahlonega. My mom’s from Memphis and Johnny Cash would perform at her school. It’s in our blood. The attitude in that music is just right no matter what you’re playing. I recently saw Keith Richards talking about how much more bad-ass these guys were than the rockers. We wear-out Outlaw, Americana and old blues. There’s a lot more psychedelia to be found in that music than most of the bands turning up the reverb/tremolo/delay today.
whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
We were swimming off Tybee Island before a show and a current came and swept Hot Dan out to sea. He was hollering at us for help. He was swimming as hard as he could yelling “I’m not getting any closer ya’ll!” and kept getting smaller and smaller. I said “Swim along the shore! Swim along the shore!” Kyle walked out there and got him but not without getting some kind of sealife attached to his Jones.
what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years?
Well obviously to continue to be bad-ass. And our new record we’re working on will be absolutely bad-ass. Also I’d like for the Pope to acknowledge us, be given to opportunity to tell a Trump or Cruz they can’t use our song. Would Love to see Dead Meadow pen a concept album about how awesome we are. Maybe get to see the world together as a band.
what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Matt Hollywood did an album with Emma Acs singing that most people haven’t heard because it has not been released. It’s my absolute favorite of the last few years and needs a proper release. He did it at Revolver in Portland with Collin Hegna. It has the spirit of an old BJM album, like Thank God for Mental Illness or Take it From the Man, with songs that could be Phil Spector or Lee Hazlewood. Her voice and the instrumentation are just spot-on. It’s a gem that deserves to be heard. He’s going to produce our next record and should yours too.
We really dug the Temples record. Those cats are amazing, a dying breed. I liked the new Mazzy Star although I don’t think Kyle did. There was a band that was doing some incredible shit out of Seattle called Rose Windows. They, very unfortunately, broke up rather fast.
Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Absolutely real use, sometimes a pain in the ass. O my Gode.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
I personally don’t care to look.
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
I’d like to go hang with my pals in Australia first but anywhere that’s not a war-zone or humanitarian crisis might be cool.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
That should stay rhetorical.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
We have fans? Who are you? Who is your daddy and what does he do?