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The Waistcoats - Stark Raving Mod!dotdotdot
artworkThe Waistcoats hail from The Netherlands. They have produced rock solid raw British R&B, maybe like the Eyes vs. the Pretty Things. early Who sounds, twangy reverb, raw Britrock... there's a great version of "Sookie Sookie" and several tracks that just plain ooze sixties mod. A fine adventure in primitivo.
Picks: Little MGB, Bongo Time, Pickles, You're Wrong, Package, Little Miss J.A.J.

Track by Track Review


Little MGB dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Waistcoats put in an overdriven garage performance on this intense track. Not very melodic, but well worth a spin or two. Lots of tuff glissandoes and thundering drums. Slightly discordant, like s shortboard beach assault. The Waistcoats hail from The Netherlands.

Bongo Time dotdotdot
Combo Organ (Instrumental)

"Bongo Time" is a trashy club organ groover, like Booker T. and the M.G.'s at a frat party... bluesy and tuff, with whirling Leslie leads.

Pickles dotdotdot
Combo Organ (Instrumental)

"Pickles" splashes between that Memphis sound and early British instros, with the organ in charge. It's quite a fine track.

You're Wrong dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a great grimy instro in the niche carved out by the Eyes. Excellent and very raw, with great period drums. Hard driving, relentless, and too cool.

Package dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Package" is a thick relentless R&B thrasher... an instro with a real sixties mod feel. No melody, but a fine progression in the primitive sense.

Little Miss J.A.J. dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I assume from the title that the track is in reference to the Northwest sound, but unlike its namesake, "Little Miss J.A.J." thrashes and rocks. Progressional and garagy.