Photos: Reverend Horton Heat at the Castle Theatre

We were at the Castle in Bloomington last night for Reverend Horton Heat, Code Orange, and Flat Duo Jets. A staple of the Bloomington/Normal music community, the Castle is a great venue with unique character that's hosted legendary artists.

 Jim Heath founded Reverend Horton Heat in 1985. (Image: © Mike Rundle, 2017)

Jim Heath founded Reverend Horton Heat in 1985. (Image: © Mike Rundle, 2017)

Described by Rolling Stone as "punked-up Stray Cats with more gonzo songwriting," Reverend Horton Heat were big in the 1990s, having a few songs used commercially resulting in increased popularity. The band has served as inspiration for numerous groups, and have been on tour after tour doing what they love. Each of the musicians in RHH are incredibly talented, and the addition of the upright bass makes for a memorable sound.

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 (Above images: © Mike Rundle, 2017)

(Above images: © Mike Rundle, 2017)

Also performing were the bluesy Flat Duo Jets and old school punk rockers Agent Orange. While different, both opening sets were equally entertaining, with Flat Duo's simple and powerful ballads and Agent's hard-hitting punk anthems.

 Agent Orange was formed in 1979 in Southern California. (Image: © Mike Rundle, 2017)

Agent Orange was formed in 1979 in Southern California. (Image: © Mike Rundle, 2017)

As a whole, the night was high-energy and exciting. RHH's latest album REV was released in 2014 - check it out wherever music is available. For more on the band, visit www.reverendhortonheat.com.

Mike Rundle