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Last Of The Juanitas
In The Dirt
Wäntage USA
www.wantageusa.com


Trippy and distorted, this band is not for the meek of heart. At times Last Of The Juanitas sounds like the Blood Brothers and at others they seem to be channeling Morphine in their freeform-ness. Like some drug induced haze, the music envelopes you and you are taken for a psychedelic ride through long stretches of obscure delirium represented by monotonous bass and drum lines and then through quick rollercoaster hills of quasi punk hardcore. Not exactly all over the map, they are definitely all over something - but it works.

If nothing else than for their ability to create art, their music has an Andy Warhol quality to it that you either will think is crap or see it for the unique entity it actually is. Peeling back the layers of distortion, garbled vocals and incongruity, this band succeeds in taking a basic structured song and making it interesting by incorporating perceived differences. They swap from a male to female vocalist, they change from bass to guitar lead lines, and they alter the rhythm to completely change moods between tracks. I don't know how they did it, but they did it right.

From a production standpoint, I don't know where to begin, at first glance it would appear that whomever was behind this was crazy - but from my standpoint, they were crazy brilliant. How they defined the sections and figured out what to bring forward and leave subtle in the background is amazing. Each song, while remaining in the same vein, is isometric from the last, causing a slight unease as the album progresses. But on an individual basis each song is different and all the more interesting because of it.

This album is not going to be for everyone, it will take someone who really appreciates it to get it in the long run... but oh, will it be worth it.

-bishop

Track listing:
1) Baghdad
2) H. R. Geiger Counter
3) Smashed by Nothing
4) The Sky is Spitting on Me, Anyway
5) In the Dirt
6) Angie Dickinson
7) Human Cattail
8) Took the Short Train
9) See You in Macramé, Cullpepper
10) You Gotta Wait


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