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.
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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