Drive Like Jehu’s sole 7-inch “Bullet Train to Vegas” b/w “Hand Over Fist” will be reissued by Merge Records on June 3, 2016. Originally released in 1992, its songs display a harnessing of powers first introduced on their self-titled record from the previous year and later fully realized on their final album, 1994’s Yank Crime.
While recording “Bullet Train to Vegas” on the UCSD campus (drummer/producer Mark Trombino “borrowed” mics and cables from the theatre department next door), guitarist John Reis felt the urge to pick up a trash can and chuck it across the room. It’s the crash that you hear just as Trombino and bassist Mike Kennedy engage, and you may feel a similar urge to do the same while listening to its unrelenting rhythms. “Hand Over Fist” slows things down slightly but by no means muffles the quartet’s ferocity or Rick Froberg’s trademark howl.
DLJ have been playing shows again, initially inspired by a chance to perform at Balboa Park in their hometown of San Diego with the city’s civic organist, Dr. Carol Williams. Since then, the band has appeared at Coachella, Noise Pop, ATP Iceland, and more.
Drive Like Jehu on tour:
Jun 04 Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound
Jun 05 Nîmes, FR – This is Not a Love Song
Jun 08 Berlin, DE – Lido
Jun 10 Madrid, ES – Caracol
Jun 11 Porto, PT – NOS Primavera Sound
Aug 09 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Aug 10 Washington, DC – Black Cat
Aug 11 Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House
Aug 12 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Aug 13 Atlanta, GA – The Wrecking Ball
Aug 26 Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas
Aug 27 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Aug 28 Portland, OR – Project Pabst