Music Review: Los Straightjackets by uncdiversions
May 13, 2009, 9:01 pm
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<strong>Los Straightjackets</strong>

<strong><em>The Further Adventures of Los Straightjackets</em></strong>

<strong>(Yep Roc)</strong>

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From the first moment of the <a href=”http://www.myspace.com/losstraitjackets”>Los Straitjackets</a> album <em>The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets</em>, it seems all too plausible that this band could be the lovechild of a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack and an early Beach Boys album. Much like their influences, Los Straitjackets give the impression that they’re destined for cult fandom, square enough to be hip and obscure enough to steer clear of most people’s iPods.

While Los Straitjackets venture into territory that is rarely explored on Top-40 charts or indie playlists, their many eccentricities prove, well… a little too eccentric. The music is lyric-less, a throwback to sixties beach flicks that are about as similar to the “O.C.” as “I Love Lucy” is to “The Bachelor.”

Even indie music aficionados who grew up on vintage tunes and listened to “Wipeout” during Sunny D commercials might find Los Straitjackets inaccessible. When aging genres come back in favor, it can be difficult to accept a new rendition that doesn’t sound like an improvement on the original, and to those who are only vaguely familiar with the genre Los Straitjackets emulate, it could sound like a stale take on something that didn’t need to be altered.

This doesn’t mean the album won’t appeal to a certain type of fan. With their trademark wrestling masks (picked up in Mexico, along with the beginning of their name) and vintage sound, Los Straitjackets are poised to strike a fervor amongst the kind of listeners that adore “Pulp Fiction” and like their music with an old-school twist.

So while, Los Straitjackets might not be the next melodic She &amp; Him wannabe, for certain fans, <em>The Further Adventures </em>could be the ideal remedy for monotony, a surf-inspired album that breathes life into an oft-ignored genre.

– By Diversions Staff Writer Linnie Greene


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