Los Straitjackets: Jet Set (Yep Roc)

 |   |  <1 min read

Los Straitjackets: Aerostar
Los Straitjackets: Jet Set (Yep Roc)

With guitarist Peter Posa's White Rabbit retrospective topping the charts for the fourth week, this collection of echo-heavy cocktail hour and retro-rock guitar tracks by this long-running American cult outfit (in Mexican wrestling masks) might just have the serendipity of timing.

From the dramatic blackjack crack and pistol shot of the opener Crime Scene and the increasingly furious 60s Beatpop of Yeah Yeah Yeah, through the delightfully cool Aerostar (which cries out for lyric), slinky guitar-noir Brooklyn Slide, the Ventures-on-heat Bobsleddin' and Space Mosquito (pure Posa) to the unexpectedly gritty Mr Pink and the weepy blue ballad Fur Sophia these 15 strum'n'twang songs sound in search of an Austin Powers or Tarantino movie to call their own.

There is hardly a thing here which hasn't been done before by Sixties groups like the Shadows and Ventures or more recently by Bonde do Role or the Israeli surf-rock outfit Boom Pam, but that hardly matters.

This is an album which invites smirks of recognition and, for those too young to know of Peter Posa, maybe just a hip soundtrack to dressing up before going to retro shops to find a genuine Pan Am cabin bag or a night on the town.

Like the sound of this? THen check out this.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Howe Gelb and Lonna Kelly: Further Standards (Fire)

Howe Gelb and Lonna Kelly: Further Standards (Fire)

The always interesting Howe Gelb does exactly what he wants and in recent years that has seen the man behind desert psych-rockers Giant Sand work with Spanish musicians, write albums of piano... > Read more

Ash and the Matadors: The Mansion Tapes (Ash)

Ash and the Matadors: The Mansion Tapes (Ash)

This six-track EP by a Dunedin four-piece fronted by singer-songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player Ash Officer came out in June but has only just landed in Elsewhere -- which means some of the... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BEST MUSIC OF ELSEWHERE IN 2018: The shape of things that came

THE BEST MUSIC OF ELSEWHERE IN 2018: The shape of things that came

Rather than wait a year to look back at the best albums to come out in 2018, Elsewhere though it would get a jump on the game and reflect back on the year to come and single out the best ever of... > Read more

GUEST WRITER SARAH JANE ROWLAND sees Sinatra at his meanest and best

GUEST WRITER SARAH JANE ROWLAND sees Sinatra at his meanest and best

Suddenly is a Californian town where everybody knows everyone, it has been a “quiet day for the last 50 years” and words like shucks, swell and heck punctuate conversations. This... > Read more