"Viva! Los Straitjackets"
Los Straitjackets, 1996
Straitjackets are, bar none, the four coolest guys you'll ever meet who
wear Mexican wrestling masks for a living. They are also four of the best
surf/fuzz/garage guitar players playing today (expect for living legends
like Link Wray).
Viva! Los Straitjackets is 14 tracks of
amazing guitar instrumentals, among which you'll find the western twangy
"Lonely Apache," the tropical island surf tune "Tsunami!," the swamp boogie
"Swampfire," and the space-age bachelor track "Wrong Planet." They also
have floating out there a amazing cover of the "Magnificent Seven" theme.
Each track is like their own personal homage to all the great guitar slingers
that came before them. But don't get them wrong, they are not a revival
band, not a tribute band, and hardly a band that lives in the past. They
are the one, the only Los Straitjackets! The live Los Straitjackets experience
actually rivals their superb studio recordings. They play set after set
of non-stop, furied guitar playing. When they banter to the crowd it's
in their own broken Spanish, or Straitjacket-ease. So grab your wrestling
mask and repeat after me: Viva! Viva! Los Straitjackets!
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