Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Lost Acapulco 4 - Escuchese Bien Fuertedotdotdot
artworkDanny Amis (Los Straitjackets / Ray Beats / Overtones) found this band in Mexico City, brought 'em to LA, and got 'em released on BMG. It's garage based fuzz underlaid surf and grind. Danny plays on some tracks. There's even a spiffy version of "Surfin' Bird."
Picks: MPM (la Quebradora), Las Brisas, Ven Perrita, Incidente en Calle Dakota, Mi Sin Goggles, Ultramantra, Master Blaster Dragster - Disaster In A Gangster Hotel, El Garage de Gina Monster, Camarena, A Huevo, Vampiro

Track by Track Review


MPM (la Quebradora) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A little repeated dummy talk opens this murky progression number. It sports dark tones and a mean edge. More like an Eddie Angel tune than surf, still it carries the message. Quite cool.

Las Brisas dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big edgie surf danger, assaultive guitars with a "Comin' Home Baby" bridge and darn tough sound. Lots of punch and mean tone. The glissandoes could cut steel.

Ven Perrita dotdotdot
Fuzz Surf (Instrumental)

This is a nifty track, with fuzz and surf, and cheesy keys. It rolls along at quite a clip, with the beat exceeding the melody. Cool.

Incidente en Calle Dakota dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jazzy back ally danger, rockin' beat, garage fuzz, and an odd cool for cats feel. This doesn't really sport a melody, but it creates a knife edge grit.

Mi Sin Goggles dotdotdot
Rockin (Instrumental)

Sorta ska, sorta bluesy, sorta rockin', sorta cool.

Ultramantra dotdotdot
King Kong (Instrumental)

With a big fuzz and a King Kong beat, "Ultramantra" lumbers through a carport near you. There's no shortage of Los Straitjackets fell here.

Master Blaster Dragster - Disaster In A Gangster Hotel dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rolling thundering punkoidal fuzzabilly rant... get the picture. All power and attack. The speed increases and the thrashometer peaks at 11.

El Garage de Gina Monster dotdotdot
garage Fuzz (Instrumental)

Riff rockin' pounding thrash, chords and pummeling all around. More back ally than front row.

Camarena dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark surf and sand with an excellent little riff. The occasional Spanish narration is cool. The big beat behind the guitar provides an excellent contrast. Probably the most surfy thing here.

A Huevo dotdotdot
Fuzz Surf (Instrumental)

This slow moving number oozes grimy beach front breakfast joints and predawn surfers hoping for a big day. It lies somewhere between the Neptunas and Los Straitjackets.

Vampiro dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Satan's Pilgrims' tune morphed into a reverby soup of Mexican cool. Excellent throbbing and edge.