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Album Review

Avanti starts off just the way the name of the band suggests: ramblin'. The Ramblin' Ambassadors draw from their influences and pay homage through a few covers. Avanti's instrumentals weave through Western rambles, Morricone and Calexico style, the rockabilly/psychobilly sound of Flat Duo Jets, and the surf guitar stylings of the likes of Dick Dale or the Ventures. "Theme from 'The Ramblin' Bastards'" is a walkin' tune that pulses with lots of hard-hitting guitars and heightens with an interesting distorted picking solo. Where the Ramblin' Ambassadors peak is on a Brian Connelly-penned track, "Twenty Original Fembots." The guitars have a wonderful haunting tone, the harmonies of the melody build the atmosphere, and the rhythm section pumps along, making you realize that this song is from Connelly, who was a part of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet. All tracks are short, tight, and have a lot of energy, but are definitely something that you've heard done many times before. What saves the familiarity is that the record clocks in at 24 minutes; you get your fix and get out. For those who are submerged in the rockabilly culture, the Ramblin' Ambassadors' Avanti might prove to be a nice, sweet listening treat to add to your collection.


Formed: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Guitarist Brent J. Cooper of Huevos Rancheros fame supposedly formed the Ramblin' Ambassadors on a dare. A booking agent needed a band, so he asked Cooper to come up with something. Cooper recruited bassist Scott Nickless, and quickly began writing songs. They had a few people fill in the drummer position, including David Alcock from Chixdiggit, who would eventually end up producing and recording Avanti. The Ramblin' Ambassadors settled down with...
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