Blackfire Revelation Sign to Fat Possum

Music News | May 24th, 2005

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New Orleans’ two man sonic-implosion team Blackfire Revelation will be opening shows on the West Coast leg of The Unsane’s national tour, starting June 17 San Jose, CA. This will be their third U.S. tour supporting the release of their recorded debut Gold And Guns On 51. The group, guitarist/singer John R. Fields and drummer Ryan “Hank The Bull” Haney recorded this material Independence Day weekend ’04 (the33rd anniversary of Jim Morrison’s death) at Jerry Teel’s Funhouse Studio, newly relocated to New Orleans from NYC. Gold And Guns On 51 was released this Spring on Southern Reconstruction Records. Blackfire Revelation have now signed to Fat Possum Records and will be recording their full length debut this Summer for Fall release.

Gold And Guns On 51 is intended as uproarious time capsule, capturing the live experience of the Blackfire Revelation at that particular time in history: the feel of the MC5’s Kick Out The Jams along with the dirt and grit of Samhain’s November Coming Fire. The songs they tackled had been the staples at their shows. “Battle Hymn” and “Act Like a Believer” were proven crowd pleasers. “Preach to the Choir” was only a few weeks old but already a band favorite. “I Want You Right Now” was the first cover song the duo ever learned and they were introduced to Blue Cheer’s “Second Time Around” when friend and former White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult brought up the comparison. They bought some Blue Cheer records and had their minds thoroughly blown; Yseult was invited to contribute her monster bass track to their rendition. Early press reaction has been gratifying:

“The three originals, especially the opener “Battle Hymn,” find guitarist/vocalist/Japan-via-Mississippi native John R. Fields and Virginian drummer Ryan Haney imparting an admirable freneticism stitched with solid, submerged hooks…Luckily, besides wicked chops, The Blackfire Revelation have a solid sense of humor, also making it known on their Web site that they’ve been “flying in missing man formation in honor of Cliff Burton since 2003.” But besides the ghost of Burton, fans of High On Fire, Sabbath, and boilermaker-fueled Southern rock, should also take note. Brandon Stosuy/ 5/4/05

Nothing but nothing makes me feel like more of a man than an overdriven guitar blazing the earth’s surface with a hell-bent fury that would singe even Satan’s nose-hairs and thus sic Blackfire Revelation’s Gold and Guns on 51 hath done this for me like few other records have this year. Raw, loud, angry, raw – and let’s not forget loud, this little EP o’ overdrive doesn’t last very long but like a short-lived summer fling, you can’t help but revisit it time and time again, turning it over and over like a burnt piece of skin on the roof of your mouth. The real revelation here? John Fields’ Henry Rollins-on-a-downs-binge in the amazing “Preach To The Choir,” just one of the five highlight tunes on this five-track disc, if you know what I mean. Jedd Beaudoin/ 4/1/05

A back alley mix of punk, core and noise that goes the extra mile. Drop dead fantastic. Starr Tucker/NY Waste

Blackfire Revelation formed in the Fall of 2002, starting out with a practice amp and a borrowed drum kit. John and Hank spent the next two years looking for rock, punk, or metal shows going on in other towns, drive all day to get there, show up at the club with their gear and convince someone to let them play that night for free. If a band on the bill dug ’em, the Blackfires would to try and tag along on tour, with little or no money exchanging hands. Just about every club they played at always asked them back for more.

Born in rural Mississippi singer/guitarist John R. Fields became a rock obsessive as a teenager growing up in Tokyo, Japan. Every major act passed through Tokyo on tour, all venues were virtually all-ages and equipped with banging jukeboxes, scantily clad women, and freely dispensing gin and Japanese beer. On a trip back to visit his family in the states, John acquired a 1979 Les Paul custom and a Marshall practice amp. He learned his favorite bands’ songs, and then slowly started writing his own. After graduating high school, he moved to New Orleans to take a stab at college.

Drummer Ryan “Hank” Haney was reared on music from childhood in a small town in Virginia, battering pots, pans and furniture from infancy. After ruining a set of good cookware, his mother urged Hank to join the high school band where he took up drumming on actual drums. He discovered punk rock soon thereafter and quickly became the most in-demand drummer in town.

At a New Year’s Eve party in Richmond, where he was attending college, a friend suggested that Hank move to New Orleans. Being drunk on hurricane 40’s, the idea sounded brilliant. Upon sobering up the next, the idea sounded better still and within three months he’d relocated and met Fields. They discussed their mutual love of punk rock, heavy metal, whiskey, weed and women. It was only a matter of time before they began creating the crushing monster that is the Blackfire Revelation.