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The Bustin' Burritos - Live At Ugglandotdotdot
artworkThe Bustin' Burritos are an instro rock band from Kalmar, Sweden. Their music is a blend of surf and sci-fi cheese, with a healthy does of inventive arranging. The operative word is tweaky. This CD-R was captured live on a porta studio at Ugglan studios with a few friends in attendance. The mix is rough, and some tracks labor under indistinct sound, but the band is splendid. By the time they get into a good studio setting and carefully document what they are doing, they should create quite a stir.
Picks: Pablo Potemkin, Red Velvet Animals, Agent Mo Is Watching From A Spitfire, The Elimination Of Eugene, An Evel Knievel Event, Rubber Along The Road, The Incredible El Indio, The Ghost Of Fireball Roberts

Track by Track Review


Pablo Potemkin dotdotdot
Post Surf Cartoon Future Gloom (Instrumental)

One drunk claps mercilessly, the synth launches a prog rock progression, and then the guitar comes in with rock tones and a slithery melody line in a thick was of original sounds. Some double picking and some original arranging too.

Red Velvet Animals dotdotdot
Post Surf Cartoon Future Gloom (Instrumental)

Crunchy lumbering guitar edge, intense whammified thickness, dark imagery, and disturbed robot keys. "Red Velvet Animals" sneaks into your covert mind, where it's safe from prying ears. Strangely intriguing.

Agent Mo Is Watching From A Spitfire dotdotdotdot
Post Surf Cartoon Future Gloom (Instrumental)

That Agent Mo sure must be an odd man out kinda fella. Tweaky, bongo pumped, angular, off balance, and kinda grodie. "Agent Mo Is Watching From A Spitfire" is a brilliant piece of original construction, with some sort of magnetic attraction. Cartoon gloomy.

The Elimination Of Eugene dotdotdot
Post Surf Cartoon Future Gloom (Instrumental)

Poor old Eugene is on the outs - permanently. "The Elimination Of Eugene" uses spy sounds and bongos, post robot tweakiness, and an almost Casio cheesiness. Nice track.

An Evel Knievel Event dotdotdot
Post Surf Cartoon Future Gloom (Instrumental)

More circular than I envision Evel Kneivel to be, this nevertheless employs some shimmering guitar, some edgy chords, and a dark circular chord progression for a disturbed ride on a phantom bike. Whammy, extended chords, programmed percussion, and some intense twang. catchy in a postmodern world.

Rubber Along The Road dotdotdotdot
Post Surf Cartoon Future Gloom (Instrumental)

Programmed percussion, big guitar vibrato throb chords, and a lumbering surfable melody. This is surf oriented, though you certainly would be excused for missing the link. Very original and very cool.

The Incredible El Indio dotdotdot
Post Surf Cartoon Future Gloom (Instrumental)

Violinski circusoid jangle for the computer age. It's kind of a tango, sort of a hoe-down, and maybe a bit of a surf romp as well. A nightmare in the white water, with a flood of disturbing images.

The Ghost Of Fireball Roberts dotdotdotdot
Post Surf Cartoon Future Gloom (Instrumental)

A long string of sci-fi sonic chops from the keys precedes the lead guitar taking over. The most surfable track here, with strong guitar and a solid surf melody. Catchy and fun, and maybe a little over the top. The fingers fly on the guitar. Totally cool!