Los Straitjackets
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The Utterly Fantastic and Totally Unbelievable Sound , 6.5/10
Viva , 5/10
The Velvet Touch , 5/10
Supersonic GUitars in 3D (2003), 6/10
Twist Party! (2006), 5/10
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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.

Cavalcade and (Swampfire) Viva (Upstart, 1996), a collection to pays homage to just about everything, from 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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