Category Archives: Albums

Los YaYaz — Born Dead

Los YaYaz Right to Left (Shane Kiel, Aaron Wilkison, Mariano Wilson and Micheal Flecha.

Los Yayaz
Born Dead
Self-Released
Released: 05/12/2018

Los YaYaz have blazed through the Salt Lake City music scene by combining the wild and primitive style of Los Yetis and Los Saicos with the intensity of The Sonics. This new record maintains their iconic blended style with all the trappings of repressed teenage angst and longing desperation. Their delivery is raw and if I didn’t know better I would have sworn Born Dead was some long lost garage-punk- unknown. Historically, Los YaYaz perform  both in English and Spanish. Born Dead, however, has all tracks recorded in English. This album was recorded live, and is only available on cassette or via their bandcamp.

Born Dead contains covers of well-known tracks like The Sonics “The Hustler” and Bo Diddley’s “I’m a Man.” Listening to these covers it’s clear that the Los Yayaz have done their homework and almost own each song as their own. The the cover of The Bel-Aires “Ya Ha Be Be,” really shows of Los YaYaz  their musical tightness. It comes across as a more comfortable tune to cover as it appears that they are having a blast recording this track.

Out of all the covers on Born Dead, “All Black & Hairy” is easily my favorite. This track captures the haunting nature of Screaming Lord Sutch with the moody yet dirty nature of rock n’ roll found six feet deep. Joining Los YaYaz on  the organ for  “All Black & Hairy” is producer Dennis Fuller (also of The Boys Ranch).

The real magic on Born Dead is the original Los YaYaz material.  Largely written by vocalist Mariano Wilson,songs such as “Just a Little Bit” and “Sad and Blue” stay true to 1960’s garage rock form by betraying the familiar teenage garage punk themes of snotty adolescent defiance and love. With “Sad and Blue” the Los YaYaz boast a real moody groover. In a way it almost reminds me of the recently unearthed Sites N’ Sounds “The Night Is So Dark.” The difference between the two is a discernible roughness that will inspire listeners to sway and stomp their way to the grave.

The only departure of from the garage rock sound is with Aaron’s Wilkinson’s’ “Nerd Basher.” While definitely influenced by a more aggressive late 1966 garage rock sound, this track falls more in line with the attitude of 1970’s punk with the jet-fuel aggression of The MC5.

Overall, Los YaYaz bring a much needed revived sense of passion into garage rock. It’s clear that with Born Dead that they have refined their sound. Furthermore, these guys know their roots and have yet to cease bringing back a bordering untamed nature. Their use of covers are fine here and there, and they do them justice, but Los YaYaz demonstrates the knack for solid material with their own songs. Looking forward, I hope to hear more Los YaYaz originals—maybe even a return to some Spanish sung tunes.

It would be a tragedy if Born Dead is lost to unknown pages of history, so do yourself a favor and pick up their tape. Los YaYaz’s Born Dead demonstrates that rock n’ roll is here to stay and it’ll never die. Born Dead is a must own for anyone who boasts a love for garage rock. Pick it up.

For more from Los Yayaz check out their Bandcamp and Facebook.

Also check out their new music video for “The Shadow.”

 

The Cavemen – Nuke Earth (Slovenly Records)

The Cavemen
Nuke Earth
Slovenly Records
Released 18.04.2018

Sinful and nihilistic, The Cavemen’s Nuke Earth does nothing short of leave its listener as a drooling, reverbed drenched mess. Fans of The Cavemen will be comforted to know that their legendary barbarity remains intact. This record is a 25 minute thrill ride that invokes the untamed nature of Guitar Wolf and the brutality of the Dwarves. Much like their other records, The Cavemen do not disappoint by embodying an unapologetic assault on all that is vanilla and bland in the music world.

Check out the full album review published by Heatwave Magazine!!

 

The Terrorsurfs – Mutant Surfin’ Trash

The Terrorsurfs
Mutant Surfin’ Trash
Sharawaji Records
Street: 02.23
The Terrorsurfs = The Boys Ranch + The Phantom Four + Dick  Dale

The tenacious surfing garage rockers The Terrorsurfs are back with their new album Mutant Surfin’ Trash. Like their other releases, fans can easily expect some consistency in The Terrorsurfs’ style. It’s the grittiness of The Cramps twisting through the vivid wild sounds of The Trashmen. Think of it as a soundtrack for a Quentin Tarantino film, like a contemporary Kill Bill Vol 1 or Pulp Fiction, but with the desperation of Robert Rodriguez’s Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

Check out the full review of Mutant Surfin’ Trash published by SLUG Magazine!!

 

The Devils – Iron Butt

The Devils
Iron Butt
Voodoo Rhythm
Street: 12.15.17
The Devils = Das Clamps + Brain Bagz + Guitar Wolf

The Devils embody the definitive sound of desolation and chaos. Theirs is a style that is nothing short of a symphony meant for utter human annihilation. Their new album is called Iron Butt, and there’s plenty of sex, sin and rock n’ roll. Charming name aside, the absolute primitive noise within these grooves reveal nothing less than a nod toward a sure mental collapse. This is thanks to a chainsaw massacre guitar, death-stomping drum beats and blood-curtailing vocals. For the unaware, The Devils are from Naples, Italy, and they descend from blues-driven, wall-of-fuzz punk rock madness and Ken Russell’s 1971 B-movie of the same name. Think of them as the face-melting garage punk demon offspring of The Cramps’ incestuous relations with The Gories.

Dig the full album review published by SLUG Magazine!!

 

Black Mambas / Suicide Generation Split 7-inch

Black Mambas / Suicide Generation
Split 7–inch
No Front Teeth Records
20 October 2017

Within the grooves of this record are sounds from LA’s Black Mambas and London’s Suicide Generation. It’s a record representing a match made by the shredding-sirens of hell-destined angels.

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ROLANDO BRUNO Y SU ORQUESTA MIDI – CUMBIA REACTION

ROLANDO BRUNO Y SU ORQUESTA MIDI
CUMBIA REACTION
Voodoo Rhythm Records
Street: 10.14.2013
Rolando Bruno y su Orequesta Midi = Los Peyotes S.A + Jean Paul “El Troglodita”

This Cumbia Reaction EP is a true gem among the rough. Hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rolanda Bruno—formerly of Los Peyotes—comes blasting out with his one-man-band act. Unlike Los Peyotes—which is amazingly raw 1960’s-inspired garage punk music—Bruno brings out something different through this cumbia trash with a mix of psychedelic garage rock and Latin funk. This is his first release since 2013 and was recorded by Bruno at his Midi Home Studio. It’s an infectious four tracks that will keep you moving about like an idiot, as if being hexed.

Check out the full album review published by SLUG Magazine!!

 

BLAHA – FRESH HORSE

BLAHA
FRESH HORSE
Slovenly Recordings
Street: 09.08
BLAHA = The Blind Shake + Dirty Fences

BLAHA is the solo project of Mike Blaha of The Blind Snake and Shadow in the Cracks. This EP was written and recorded by BLAHA at Banana Tone—which he also owns and operates. It was mastered by Crypt Records’ own Tim Warren. Like his primary groups, BLAHA steeps his sound in a contemporary garage rock genre. He emphasizes a style utilizing mid-tempo grooves that mix surf and indie-inspired garage rock n’ roll. Think of a much slower Ramones-style sound in the same vein as Dirty Fences, but with a less raucous approach.

Check out the full album review, published by SLUG Magazine!!

THE REVOX – TALK ABOUT HER / SICK OF YOU

THE REVOX
TALK ABOUT HER / SICK OF YOU
Voodoo Rhythm Records
Street: 12.09.2016
The Revox = The Sevens + The Dynamites + The Rippers + The Monsters

Screaming from the frozen utopic wastelands of Switzerland come The Revox. According to Voodoo Rhythm Records legend The Revox were recently resurrected from their ice-cold graves in the Swiss mountains to annihilate planet Earth with fuzz-guitar-driven rock n’ roll. With a sound like theirs, I’d be hard-pressed to believe otherwise. This band embodies the devastating yet hedonistic power of the untamed nature of garage rock n’ roll. Their sound is unbridled and crushingly raw. Within this release are sounds that bring up a passion for 1960s garage rock but with the shocking energy of punk rock.

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KING KHAN – MURDERBURGERS

KING KHAN
MURDERBURGERS
Khannibalism / Ernest Jenning Record Co.
Street: 10.13
King Khan = Bob Dylan + King Khan and the Shrines + King Khan and the BBQ Show +The Space Shits

It is not a surprise that another album made by the legendary King Khan is superb. He makes music with an exceeding degree of excellence. His music boasts brilliant hooks and his lyricism is on point with cultural critiques. Khan, furthermore, never fails to capture an early Dylan recipe for an overall provocative sound—with an obvious note that Khan’s style is wholly electric. His structures are vivid and strikingly alive. He could sing about love gone lost or the raptures of narcissism and, in my mind, there would be a pretty and detailed picture showing it all.

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THE WOOLLY BUSHMEN – ARDUINO

THE WOOLLY BUSHMEN
ARDUINO
Pig Baby Records
Street: 10.04
The Woolly Bushmen = The Black Lips + The Booze + Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

The Woolly Bushmen are a true diamond in the rough. They beautifully dance with snarling garage rock twisting with gritty blues tendencies. Their new record, ARDUINO, is a true masterpiece. Within it’s hallowed, see-through orange grooves are 11 rocking rippers that make me feel as if I’m front row at their gig.

Dig the full album review at SLUG Magazine!!