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Album Review

Following a Christmas album and a standards-laden outing (with some impressively diverse guest vocalists), los Straitjackets return to their hallmark surf-punk instrumental core with Supersonic Guitars in 3-D. Producer Mark Neill coaxes a bit more grit and grime out of the quartet for these sessions, and the band's feet are firmly planted once again in their accustomed roles. Even if the themes and riffs are all but played-out 1960s rock and roll cliches, the band never sounds stiff or bored with themselves. Still, for all the swagger and swing, the funky, 30-second-long, tremolo-laced tag at the end of "Can You Dig It?" is by far the most interesting thing happening here. This group has experimented with interesting rhythms in the past, and it's an avenue that deserves further exploration. Bitchin' idea to include 3-D cover art with glasses inside, though.

Customer Reviews

No special glasses needed - have a blast!

Probably the best number is "San Diego Shutdown", which has an irresistable groove. A solid, entertaining surf rock album.


good for beats


America's premier instrumental rock and roll combo are back at it, doing what they do best. Taking a largely live-in-the-studio approach to their rhythmic and sonic explorations, Los Straitjackets deliver. Really tight instrumental rock and roll is far harder than it looks, and these guys make it seem easy. From the creepy horror-instros of Squid and Tarantula, to a lovely bit of Merseybeat with Isn't Love Grand, to San Diego Shutdown's hot-rod rock, to the straightforward surf of Beach Bag, Los Straits run the gamut. SSI3D is not necessarily Los Straits' best album, but it is certainly rock solid and stands up with their best.


Formed: 1988 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Mixing the familiar sounds of Dick Dale, Duane Eddy, and the Ventures, Los Straitjackets create their own version of energetic surf guitar twang, complete with Mexican wrestling masks. Los Straitjackets began in the summer of 1988. Eddie Angel (guitar), L.J. "Jimmy" Lester (drums), and Danny Amis (guitar) formed an instrumental trio called the Straitjackets, which played local Nashville shows throughout the summer. After a six-year hiatus, the Straitjackets reunited, added E. Scott Esbeck on bass,...
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