"The Further Adventures Of Los
Yep Roc, 2009
(Review by Jeff Berkwits)
It's been six years since
these four luchador-rock legends cranked out an album filled entirely with
original tunes, and while the 30-minute running time of this 14-song instrumental
effort is unforgivably short, nearly every composition is brimming with
get-up-and-go guitars and dynamic surf beats.
The first two tracks,
"Cal-Speed" and "Challenger 64," kick off the collection with gusto, setting
a vintage sand-and-sun mood, with subsequent selections supplying an at
times harder (yet still classic) edge.
Other notable numbers
include "Nocturnal Twist," which offers a whimsical nod to Earl Hagen's
"Harlem Nocturne" (AKA the theme to Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer TV show),
and the surprisingly languid "Mercury." That final composition notwithstanding,
the recording as a whole is a brief yet boisterous bout that nicely showcases
both the band's musical sense of adventure and their signature "Sturm und
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A long-time aficionado of retro music and movies, Jeff Berkwits
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