Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
When it comes to straightforward Rock ‘N Roll, Los Angeles’ FIREBALL MINISTRY are one of the absolute best bands in this universe or any other for that matter.
The band now has over two decades of hard-rockin’ under their collective belts, and yet another stellar studio album, 2017’s Cleopatra Records release, ‘Remember The Story’, out now.
The band’s fifth full-length outing is their very first with legendary bassist Scott Reeder (Kyuss, The Obsessed, Sun & Sail Club) in the fold. He joins the founders of FIREBALL MINISTRY, guitarist/ vocalist Reverend James Rota III, and guitarist/ vocalist Emily Burton, and their longtime drummer, John Oreshnick.
We are including the Bandcamp stream of ‘Remember The Story’ below or you can go purchase this incredible record HERE.
This quartet of electrified evangelists, within the disorganized religion of Rock & Roll, are the empowered prophets of this age. They have been on a mighty crusade of late, one that saw them bring their amplified message to Cal Jam 2017 a few months ago. Recently, they took their roadshow revival out on a short jaunt of live dates with Clutch, Red Fang, and The Bronx.
It was at their stop at Lexington, Kentucky’s Manchester Music Hall that I was able to witness their spirited sermon of loudness, my second such experience with the band over the years. Not just that either, as I was able to corral Emily and Scott together in joining me for a brief on-camera conversation.
I must warn you of this though: My usual A/V guy was not able to make the show so it was up to me to capture this exchange… which I did in a rather loud, outside smoking area. It was one being subjected to some drizzling rain at the time too, so perhaps the source video was a bit afflicted if you catch my drift. But, that said, things did turn out nicely but, speaking of turning, you may have to turn the volume up on this sucker, just FYI.
Anyway, check out the interview with FIREBALL MINISTRY’s Emily Burton and Scott Reeder – who I want to thank for enduring this experience with me so graciously.
On a related note, FIREBALL MINISTRY will be performing at this year’s Psycho Las Vegas Festival. Get all the info and details you might need about it HERE.