Title - In The Key Of Z
Artist - Rev Jones
For those not in the know, Rev Jones has just released his brand new solo album, In The Key Of Z (out October 1st, 2021 via Dark Star Records).
In addition to producing In The Key Of Z - the follow-up to his 2018 solo debut Bakwash - at his home studio in Oklahoma and writing or co-writing all 12 tracks, Jones also played bass, guitar, double bass, keyboards, mandolin, ukulele and tambourine.
The songs themselves represent Rev’s distinctive takes on thrash and metal, as well as a few unexpected yet way-cool forays into country and folk.
“If I had my way, I’d probably put a bass solo on every song,” Rev Jones says of In The Key Of Z, “but that’s not what this album is about. I want people to hear it and be surprised.”
For Jones - the bassist/vocalist famed for his two-handed tapping style and over-the-neck fingering technique - In The Key Of Z delivers an always surprising salvo of the crushing riffs, smart songwriting, twisted sense of humor and face-melting, ass-kicking sonic boom that is Rev Jones.
“Once again my partner in crime Rev Jones proves he is different from the rest ... not only in his writing and bass play, but his off the hook vocals,” reveals drummer Jeff Martin.
“Crazy great range, but most of all, his insanely different melody lines that push the envelope of what you can get away with in a great song. Playing drums on this is like breathing air for me and fits like a glove... Hopefully a boxing glove.”
1. Life In The Key Of Z
2. Turning To Stone
3. Truth Is A Conspiracy Theory
4. 1985 (Back In Black Again)
6. Bad Gab (Covid19)
7. U R Y I Breathe
9. Dead With You
10. Silly Hillbilly Love Song
11. Life Sure Is Funny
12. Good Women That I’ve Stood By
This vibrantly rocking new album opens on the thunderous title track Life In The Key Of Z and the rip-roaring screams of Turning To Stone and backs those up with the drum-led Truth Is A Conspiracy Theory, the darker-edged 1985 (Back In Black Again), and then we get both the guitar-laden exploits of Lollygagging and the topical rock of Bad Gab (Covid19).
Up next is the free-flowing, melodica prog rock of U R Y I Breathe and the down south growl of Reptiles which are in turn followed by the late 80s-ibibed scrawl of Dead With You, the upbeat and fun Silly Hillbilly Love Song, with the album rounding out on the foot-stomping rocker Life Sure Is Funny, closing on the drinking roustabout Good Women That I’ve Stood By.
For Rev Jones and his fans, the album stands as an in-your-face ode to artistic integrity, musical intensity and a natural instinct for what makes rock both dangerous and fun. “For me, this project is one big realization,” Rev says of In The Key Of Z.
“You can write these cool riffs. You can embrace different styles of music. You can invite your friends to be a part of it. And if you stay true to yourself and play what’s good, people will respond.”
Rev Jones - Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Double Bass, Keyboards, Mandolin, Ukulele, Tamborine
Jeff Martin - Drums, Percussions
Lennon Jones - Speaking Voice, Laughing
Michael T Ross (Lita Ford, Missing Persons, Hardline) = Keyboards track 2
Scott McClellan (Tony Martin) = Guitar Solo track 1
Jack Frost (Savatage, Seven Witches) = Guitar Solo track 2
Robby Lochner (Fight, Jack Russell’s Great White) = Guitar Solo track 3
Ira Black (Metal Church, Lizzy Borden) = Guitar Solo track 4
Tom Potter (Gundriver) = Guitar Solo track 5
Rowan Robertson (Diorites, Bang Tango) = Guitar Solo track 6
Uros Raskovski (Steelheart) = Guitar Solo track 7
Russ Parrish (Steel Panther, Fight) = Guitar Solo track 8
Bill Leverty (Firehouse) = Guitar Solo track 9
Jim Suhler (George Thorogood, Monkey Beat) = 1st Guitar Solo track 10
Paige Harwell (Reckless) = 2nd Guitar Solo & Fills track 10
Kristen Capolino (solo artist) = Guitar Solo track 11
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