The Surf rockers from Guantanamo Baywatch are set to release a new album called Desert Center this August. The garage fueled surf rock of this Portland based band has made many people enthusiastic over the years. I’m sure Desert Center is a new shout out for the fine gritty surf sound we like so much.
Over the last few days, more and more sneak previews of this album are released on the internet. At first sight, my favorites anyway are “Area 69” a song that kicks off faster than a speed train and “Blame Myself” which is a ballad Guantanamo Baywatch style. Last but not least ” Video” where the edgy basslines really dig deep.
“Bassist Chevelle Wiseman drives the tune with a thick, throbbing riff while drummer Chris Scott ruthlessly pounds his kit with a crashing clarity”
Guantánamo Baywatch’ blazing nuggets
The band describes the sound of Desert Center pretty nice: “It’s an inadvertent juxtaposition maintained through the entirety of Desert Center, with blazing instrumental nuggets like “The Scavenger” alternating with the proto-grunge and golden oldies mash-up of a track like “Blame Myself.“
This April Little Hurricane released their third full-length studio album called Same Sun Same Moon. the 2-person alternative rock band from San Diego, California, featuring frontman Anthony “Tone” Catalano and drummer Celeste “C.C.” Spina are back with 12 new tracks and ready to roll around Europe and the US!
Interesting about the backstory of the album is that while they were recording in their studio (built on Native American lands), the guitarist was “inexplicably drawn” to remove his shoes and climb an ominous 3,400-foot mountain in a “trance-like state,” without food and water or notifying his wife.
“We may not all share the same beliefs, but people are still more alike than different. No matter if you’re in San Diego or South Africa, living 10,000 years ago or today, we all look up to see the same sun and same moon. We are all connected in one way or another. This message of unity beats at the heart of Little Hurricane’s latest release, Same Sun Same Moon.”
He shares his birthday with blues legend Muddy Waters and is known for his outstanding one man band performances Scott H. Biram brings us Country and Blues inspired songs with a taste of the heavier genres.
On his website you’ll read that Scott H. Biram makes music: “With the heart of a genuine Texas bluesman, the head (banging) of a Zappa and Lemmy disciple, and boots resting in the dust outside of town at sunrise”. This february 2017 he released his latest and sixth album for Bloodshot records called The Bad Testament. It contains thirteen new tracks and I can really recommand it!
A walk on the Biram side straddles the chasm between sin and redemption and The Bad Testament lands somewhere west of the Old Testament and south of an AA handbook. It’s a record of hard-grinding lost love, blues and deep, dark Americana.
Interesting about the writing proces of his new album is that Scott H. Biram conjured the words and music for The Bad Testament during mad alchemical sessions at his homemade studio in Austin, TX. Through stacks of amps, spools of cable, and a prodigious collection of microphones, he spread his technical wings wide, while never losing the immediacy honed from a life on the road. He added a drum kit and rustic vocal duet to his skill set .
Clear vocals and creative arrangements
Scott H. Biram’s music is like a blended wiskey that doesn’t fit in one barrel. The mix of blues harmonica and guitar riffs are beautifully complemented with clear country and folk lyrics. This one man band musician has one of the clearest voices today if you ask me. And it doesn’t matter if you listen live or on a record. “Long Old Time” is a good example of that.
Earlier we wrote about the split album from these Guys with 20 Watt Tombstone in 2016. Now the spring comes close we look forward to more grooving heavy blues, addictive guitar riffs and up tempo beats like in “Claw Machine Wizard”. Left Lane Cruiser already gave us a sneakers preview. Watch here below.
Claw Wizard Machine preview
Left Lane Cruiser made name for themselves as a trash blues duo hailin’ from Indiana. Their record label Tells us: “Claw Machine Wizard” features corky barn burners like “Claw Machine Wizard” and “Booga Chaka”, alongside punked out blues numbers such as “Burn Em Brew” and “High Maintenance”.
Keep following Left Lane Cruiser for more previews.
Photo credit: Left Lane Cruiser Press/promotional Material. Credit to the original photographer