Barrio Tiger Ave Maria
(Ghost Highway Recordings)
Guest Post by The Heathen
It literally took the length of the Obama presidency for Los Angeles garage punk stalwarts Barrio Tiger to complete and finalize their debut album Ave Maria for all of us to hear. Some of you may think, “What are these guys? The Kinks!?” But who the hell are we to think anything of it? Sometimes a record just needs time to complete.Also, life gets in the way; it was nine years after all. No explaining it and doesn’t matter now because it’s out and it’s damn good, sonically speaking! Ghost Highway Recordings is the culprit responsible for taking a chance on these four and and it’s a good fit.
10 tracks and 21 minutes of high octane, garage punk fury, this is the type of sound that fueled labels like Estrus, SFTRI and the name of this here website you’re reading currently. These guys have been active in the Los Angeles underground rock scene for an extensive period before banning together with individual members doing time in local veteran acts such as The Hangmen, Junkyard & Wooly Bandits. Barrio Tiger’s sound is a little more full throttle than their other projects with Ave Maria’s opening gut punch statement “Pete’s Dragon” kicking the experience off until the conclusion of “Bullet.”
Their influences are pretty cut and dry in such tracks as “Let’s Play Dumb” with its derivative hooks stemming from the Ramones catalog and the come down track “Fading” which has a sound similar to the feel of Supersucker’s Must’ve Been High record. It’s rock and roll for people who dig rock and roll; something we’re not hearing too often or the media isn’t paying much attention to, but. The visual packaging coincides well with a bit of lowbrow humor via an illustration depicting Our Lady Of Guadalupe in tiger form. Ave Maria indeed!
Ghost Highway Records has the album on order right now from their shop in Spain, and here’s to hoping some mainland US shipping rates will apply in the near future. – The Heathen
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