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Mexican Chili Taco Fiesta - Mexican Chili Taco Fiestadotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a magnificent release from Mexican Chili Taco Fiesta, a band made up of Danny Amis (Los Straitjackets) - guitar, Esteban 'Crunchy' Lopez (Lost Acapulco, Los Twangers) - guitar, Caleb Franco aka Senor Ramirez (Lost Acapulco, Los 4 Gangsters) - bass, Enrique 'Truko' Cassalos (Los Twin Tones, Los Twangers) - drums. There are some really top notch tracks here. fans of Los Straitjackets or the burgeoning Mexican surf scene with like this a lot, but so will virtually any surf fan.
Picks: The Masked Surfer, El Fantastico, Go-Go Emergency, Born To Love, Woundup, Izmaylovsky, La Fortuna, Far Away, Vainilla Amarilla, Los Amos Del West, The Hell's Road Truckers, Liftoff

Track by Track Review

Tamales Oaxaquenos dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Major rock grind with attitude... not melodic, but aggressive and riff driven. Lots of power. This punky number is powerful and basic.

The Masked Surfer dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a chunky and rhythmic surf instro with superb dribbled glissandos and great tone. The chords ring, the melody is very pleasing, and the beat solid as a rock. "The Masked Surfer" is a very fine Danny Amis composition!

El Fantastico dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Esteban 'Crunchy' Lopez's lovely song is very nicely arranged, with great drums and a fluid sound. The melody is slightly sad and very appealing. Its simple flow is nicely contrast by the drums.

Go-Go Emergency dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Fluid playing and great drums, with a go-go feel and surf edge. "Go-Go Emergency" has a fine melody line and fun sound, with plenty going on.

Born To Love dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Modulated guitar swirls as it delivers a pretty, slow, romantic melody. "Born To Love" has nice production values and an easy, almost easy listening air about it.

Woundup dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Woundup" is a tuff number in the way Stax-Volt instros were tuff. Its basic melody riff is well crafted. The crunchy guitar and drums are the most engaging part of the track.

Izmaylovsky dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A cowboy beat and melody are liquefied by surf for a great ride. Caleb Franco's "Izmaylovsky" features superb drums and lead guitar, and a catchy rhythm and bass. The psychedelic panoramics in the middle run atop great drums. The more I listen to this, the more I like it!

La Fortuna dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

A circular riff and very cool drums couple with a crisp rhythm guitar and boss bass to create a near surf guitar extravaganza. The energy rises as the track moves into the break. It's all fun!

Far Away dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Danny Amis' melody has the warmth and charm of "Pacifica." It's a lively track with a very endearing sound. "Far Away" portrays a distant place bathed in afternoon sun and a scented breeze. Superb!

Vainilla Amarilla dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

I expected a soft touch from a song with such an easy name, but "Vainilla Amarilla" is a crunchy rock groove with great drums and a variety of guitar tones. All rock and no nonsense.

Los Amos Del West dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Superb rolling drums and spaghetti western imagery, with distortion and sustain, and soaring guitars. The long sustain on the chords adds drama to this already high flying number. "Los Amos Del West" starts right out capturing your attention, and it only gets better from there.

The Hell's Road Truckers dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This sure is grand! Wonderful muted reverb rhythm, powerful drums, bass holding down the bottom end very well, and superb lead guitar. For my money, "The Hell's Road Truckers" is top drawer! The melody is very strong and visual, and the arrangement simply perfect!

Liftoff dotdotdotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Excellent classic muted surf rhythms and a spy melody that's very effective. "Liftoff" is punchy and fluid, and very well arranged. Great track!