The members of Dayton, Ohio’s Red Hot Rebellion are true believers in the power of garage-rock, and their music – a feisty blend of thick power chords, steady-eddy bass and propulsive drumming – reflects this belief to a tee.
“For The Benefit of Evil” finds bassist/singer Jimmy Thrillwell professing his love for “that evil feeling” in his soul, while the band pounds out a simple, three-chord blitzkrieg behind him. The instruments, true to the garage aesthetic, sound like they were recorded in a musty basement – a slight distortion is audible in the vocals, and there’s a palpable dirtiness in the music. But this only enhances the band’s credibility as true troubadors of garage-inspired rock ‘n’ roll.
It isn’t 2003 anymore – garage-rock of the kind Red Hot Rebellion is selling isn’t on the upswing. “For The Benefit of Evil,” however, reveals how vital this sound is to rock music. The song is murky, amateurish and simple, but it’s nothing if not essential listening. Red Hot Rebellion seem ready to lead a new lo-fi revolution, and it couldn’t come at a better time. “Let’s rock ‘n’ roll” sings Thrillwell in the song’s chorus. He may just be right.
“For The Benefit of Evil” can be streamed on the band’s myspace, at http://www.myspace.com/redhotrebellion