Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
Looking back four decades to the golden era of rock and roll instrumentals, when Duane Eddy and the Ventures roamed free, Los Straitjackets might seem a novelty act, except for one thing: This quartet is very good. While vibrant surf licks highlight "Midnight in Salerno," there's plenty of variety, from the smoky "Time Bomb," suggesting a sleazy nightclub, to "San Diego Shutdown," a booming drum showcase, to the exotic "Jungleaya" -- tiki torches, anyone? Los Straitjackets make even the corniest sounds seem hip.