Ben Gunstone
The Lost Revue

The Lost Revue 'The Devil Hit A Hi-Hat Riding'
With a voice rasping and leathered, The Lost Revue's Al Joshua sounds close to complete lung collapse if not imminent death. Thankfully, it's the perfect colouring for this four piece's brand of smoky, bounding blues. 'Devil Hit A Hi-Riding' is a stomach- wrenching whirl through The Coral's basement and The Black Keys back yard. In fact, only The 'Keys superb Dan Auerbach comes close to delivering the sort of demonic grwol and hum Joshua and his fellow blues men manage to capture on this record.
The flipside 'Sell My Ass' grasps for Beefheart's crown but misses by an inch or ten, eventually falling somewhere near the feet of new London howlers, Archie Bronson Outfit. Satisfyingly, it seems the rich heritage The Lost Revue isnist onw ading through is doing them no harm at all. And with the vocals immersed in swathes of filth and grime from the American winter of 1929, standing out in the crowd should be no problem at all.


The Lost Revue 'The Devil Hit A Hi-Hat Riding'
What would The Coral sound like if they had a Captain Beefheart obsession and the son of Motorhead's Lemmy on vocals? Very much like the Lost Revue I'd imagine.
Currently creating waves in London, The Lost Revue unleash a double A-side single to spread their word wider. 'Devil...' is the kind of eccentric tune that you only get in UK music with an infectious walking melody, lyrics that probably only make sense when you are stoned and vocals from singer Al Joshua that sound like he's been on 100 cigarettes a day since he popped out of his mum. Completely bonkers without being stupid and inane.
'Sell My Ass' covers poverty, drug addiction and prostitution as it barrels along with fast blues rock riffs. A dark and forboding tone is created by the lyrics which include "I'm gonna sell my ass for romance/sell my ass for cash" though the band try to lighten the mood in the chorus with a poppy round of "la la la's".
The Lost Revue certainly stand alone with content and sound, and despite the bizarre eccentricity of it are actually bloody good fun to listen to. Al himself says that the band sound like "chicken bone stew, desperation and mockingbirds in gilded cages" - enough said really! I doubt they will get much in the way of mainstream airplay, but for those who seek out The Lost Revue, will be rewarded with an original and very enjoyable musical treat.


The Lost Revue 'The Devil Hit A Hi-Hat Riding'
The live favourite, and now their much awaited first single, Devil Hit A Hi-Hat Riding, is an explosive, gravel fuelled blast of raw energy. And what a way to start a hopefully long recording career. The single captures all the excitement of their live performances. From the opening bar the drums and guitars attack you like Dick Turpin on his favourite highway. And when the vocals jump aboard the carriage you are left in no doubt of its potency. The drums are relentless and addictive, taking a breather for a half time “cup and a saucer…” before returning, with all, for the final assault. Buy it, play it loud, be seduced by it, then play it some more. A shuffle-punk classic. And this is just the beginning....


The Lost Revue 'The Devil Hit A Hi-Hat Riding'
In a world of fakers, the search for authenticity is a noble and quixotic enterprise, almost guaranteed to end in failure. Almost. No genre of music is more obsessed with authenticity than rock 'n' roll and it is no surprise that the whole sex, drugs and abandonment thing soon descends into cliché.

On the face of it, The Lost Revue are just another set of victims to the same tired myths, but they manage to rejuvenate them via the animal ferocity of Al Joshua's voice, which is like a pack of feral dogs. Devil Hit A Hi-Hat Riding is visceral 50s rock 'n' roll full of Johnny Cash's grit and Tom Waits' gravel. Passionate, vivid: good stuff.