The Utterly Fantastic and Totally Unbelievable Sound (Upstart, 1995)
revealed the crazy nostalgy for the instrumental Sixties
(Duane Eddy, Link Wray, the Shadows and the Ventures) of the Los Straitjackets, a
Nashville (Tennessee) combo led by guitarists Eddie Angel and Danny Amis
(who briefly played in the A HREF=../vol4/raybeats.html>Raybeats),
specialising in reverb-drenched and twang-tinged instrumentals.
University Blvd, Caveman and Itchy Kitchen are impeccable
snapshots of the sound of the early Sixties.
Viva (Upstart, 1996), a collection to pays homage to just about
surf (Pacifica) to rockabilly (Outta Gear), from
spy movies (Espionage) to westerns (Lonely Apache).
Kawanga is the lead track of
The Velvet Touch (Yep Rock, 1999) and also the only song with some
verve. The combo seems more interesting in displaying their dexterity and
arrangement taste (Tabouli, Hornet's Nest) than in entertaining.
Los Straitjackets are not blessed with the
Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet's surreal
fantasy or with Man Or Astroman's punk appeal.
Their music is strictly for archeologists.
Sing Along (Cavalcade, 2001) is a collaboration with several rock
and country veterans.
Supersonic GUitars in 3D (Yep Roc, 2003) is possibly their most mature
and original album. Instead of merely aping the surf bands of 40 years
ago, they effectively revisit moods, atmospheres and (subtly) anxieties of
the Fifties and Sixties. The sounds are not so joyful, and the structures
are not so linear. In fact, each piece is a psychological vignette rather
than a mere postcard from the beach.
Twist Party! (Yep Roc, 2006) is a hilarious orgy of dated sounds.
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