Los Straitjackets 8/4/19, Denver

Dates: August 4, 2019

Location: Soiled Dove Underground, Denver CO

Live at the Soiled Dove Underground

BY TIM HINELY

Though they’ve been on the scene since the late 80’s, but this was the first time seeing these veteran masked surf rockers. Also, though you might think they hail from another country (or another planet) they call the USA home, Nashville, TN, to be exact.

The band started when guitar Eddie Angel and Danny Amis (ex-Raybeats) met up and began playing their country-fied hometown  and many, many albums later they can still entertain (bassist Pete Curry and drummer Chris Sprague round out the quarter).  They’ve played with everyone (Nick Lowe, Big Sandy and Deke Dickerson to name but a few) and continue to take their show on the road.

On this evening at the Soiled Dove it appeared I was one of the younger folks in the audience (for a change, ha ha ha) so the 8:00 PM start time was good for all of us. The band came out and opened with their standard opener “Pacifica.” From there they played a healthy mix of cuts off of many of their albums (again, check out the band’s discography) and tossed in many covers including ones by Sam Cooke (“You Send Me”), The Ventures (“Driving Guitars”), The Hollies  (“Bus Stop”), Nick Lowe (“Cruel To Be Kind”), as well as the “Theme to Midnight Cowboy” and a Rock-A-Teens cover among others.

At one point in the set a young kid who was up front and on his dad’s shoulder had a rubber chicken that made a honking sounds so the band added that sound to a few songs and the kid was stoked.  Meanwhile, in between songs Angel spoken some pretty bad (ok hilarious) Spanish and the band also did some in-sync leg kicks and guitar thrusts/swings while the crowd roared with approval.

They came out for a few encores including The Champs “Tequila” and ended it with The Revels “Church Key.” The set was fun and unpretentious and though you may not be able to see their faces these folks sure give the crowd their money’s worth.

 

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