Friday, March 3, 2017

Los Straitjackets meet the Jesus of Cool!

Los Straitjackets’ What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets
Those Mexican wrestler-masked instrumental madmen are back at it again! Following three tours that saw the band opening for British rock legend Nick Lowe, the members of Los Straitjackets wondered “what would Nick Lowe’s songs sound like as instrumentals?” On May 19th, 2017 we’ll all get to hear the answer to that profound question when Yep Roc Records releases Los Straitjackets’ What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets.

A thirteen-track collection that re-imagines some of Lowe’s most iconic songs, What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets was produced by Neil Brockbank, Lowe’s longtime producer and musical collaborator, and includes Lowe band member Geraint Watkins on keyboards as well as a cameo by Lowe himself, singing on an undisclosed track. The album also represents the recording debut of Royston Lowe on percussion.

“Recording these songs reminded me what a great melodist Nick is,” observes guitarist and co-found Eddie Angel in a press release for the new album. “Everybody knows that he writes great lyrics, but he doesn’t always get credit for his amazing melodies. The fact that the songs stand up as instrumentals is proof of that. And I think that we managed to bring something new to the songs, which is what you hope to do when you’re covering other people’s material.”

Comprised of guitarists Danny Amis, Eddie Angel, and Greg Townson as well as bassist Pete Curry and drummer Chris Sprague, the hard touring Los Straitjackets have been tearing up the highways and thruways for better than two decades now, and they’ll be hitting the road in June in support of What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets, performing with fellow traveler Marshall Crenshaw.

Each show will feature an instrumental set as well as vocal collaborations. The album’s first single, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding” has been released and you can check it out below before making plans to catch one of these electrifying Los Straitjacket shows when the band hits your town!

Buy the CD from Los Straitjackets’ What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets

What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets track list:
1. Shake and Pop
2. All Men Are Liars
3. Lately I’ve Let Things Slide
4. You Inspire Me
5. Rollers Show
6. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding
7. I Read A Lot
8. Half A Boy and Half A Man
9. Checkout Time
10. I Live On A Battlefield
11. Raging Eyes
12. Cruel To Be Kind
13. Heart of the City

Los Straitjackets w/Marshall Crenshaw June 2017 tour dates:
June 15th @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room, Carrboro NC
June 16th @ The Hamilton, Washington DC
June 17th @ Ram’s Head, Annapolis MD
June 18th @ Club Café, Pittsburgh PA
June 20th @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, Harrisburg PA
June 21th @ Capital Ale House, Richmond VA
June 22th @ World Café Live, Philadelphia PA
June 23th @ Daryls’ House, Pawling NY
June 24th @ Boulton Center For The Performing Arts, Bay Shore NY
June 25th @ City Winery, New York NY
June 27th @ The Penthouse at One East Avenue, Rochester NY
June 28th @ Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
June 29th @ Southgate House Revival, Newport KY
June 30th @ The Ark, Ann Arbor MI

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