Los Straitjackets: Surf, Garage, Rock In Lucha Libre Masks
Piledriver Rock n' Roll From The Top Rope
Los Straitjackets is a phenomenal primarily instrumental band who's sound really shouldn't be catagorize into any one certain rock music genré. Originally called The Straitjackets, the band formed in 1988 in Nashville, Tennessee. The original band's line-up comprised of former Raybeats guitarist Danny Amis, well- known rockabilly guitarist Eddie Angel and Nashville session drummer L. J. "Jimmy" Lester. The Straitjackets played several gigs during the summer of that year, but soon broke up. 1994 found The Straitjackets reunited with the original line-up, plus one addition, bassist E. Scott Esbeck. In 1994, right before the newly reunited band's first gig, Danny Amis pulled out a bag full of wrestling masks he'd bought while in Mexico City... Los Straitjackets ere born.
In 1998, Esbeck left the band during the recording of "The Velvet Touch of Los Straitjackets" and Pete Curry, formerly of the Halibuts, a 1980s surf-revival group, took his place. Drummer Jason "Teen Beat" Smay in 2005 jumped into the vacancy left behind when co-founding member "Jimmy" Lester quit the band.
The Lucha Concert Experience
Over years, Los Straitjackets have developed a cult following through their impeccable musicianship and quirky live stage preformances. When on stage, the band dresses identically, usually wearing black clothing, a gold Aztec medallion, and personalized Mexican wrestling masks. Amis (aka "Daddy-O Grande") is the only member who speaks, introducing songs in fast, badly accented Spanish. The shows often feature guest vocalists like "The Chief" Eddy Clearwater, Kaiser George (of the Scottish band the Kaisers) and Big Sandy (of Big Sandy and his fly-rite boys) in addition to the burlesque dancing troupe, The World Famous Pontani Sisters. Los Straitjacket have even staged festive Christmas Shows during the holiday season.
Los Straitjackets are a band of surf that has been out in the sun too long... crazy from the heat...with a Nacho Libre style musical assult. Make no mistake these guys have serious musical chops; with a guitar bending, legendary fuzzed-out sound, and body-slamming burning hot licks...laced-up tight with some serious combination punch humor. Yet, Los Straitjackets are slick enough even for the groovy, tune- snob hipster looking for that rare, cool, but still obscure cover that just blows your mind.
Los Straightjackets are a no holds barred type of band, that is amazingly cool, a lot of fun to see and you must hear live.
Turning Out Tomahawk Chop Swinging Tunes
Los Straitjackets are music's favorite rockabilly luchadors, maybe best known as a surf rock instrumental band. But let's not forget these guys have churned out some of the coolest 60's garage rocker tunes (The Kinks "All Day and All of the Night"), serious make-out music ("Anna") and the almost forgotten songs (Brook Benton's suave, mid-tempo rocker, "Gimme a Little Sign"). Face it music fans... surf rock as a genré still has some creative wiggle room left in it, and Los Straightjackets are heading up the challenge. They are willing to take the listener out on the Banzai Pipeline of musical madness, and they never lose you to the undertow.
These Mexican wrestling mask-wearing musicians play their role as the ultimate backing band with confidence of the famed luchadors. Unafraid of stepping it up by using plenty of reverb and drop kicking out the Kinks-style guitar riffs without upstaging their lineup of talented guests vocals:
Mavericks frontman Raul Malo (One of my favorite vocalists of all time)
Big Sandy of Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys (killer Western Swing combo) you must hear the hip shakin' Spanish version of "Tallahassee Lassie"!
Reverend Horton Heat ( another concert favorite)
ex-Paul Revere and the Raiders vocalist Mark Lindsay (does some great vocals)
Sixpence None the Richer’s Leigh Nash (takes the lead for the masked-marvels)
Dave Alvin (Grammy winning songwriter and solo artist)
Just to name some of the vocal standouts, that have teamed up with the band for a sonic battle royale.
Los Straitjackets have found influence and inspiration by the California beach party sounds of the Ventures, Link Wray, and other voiceless Rock bands from the 50s and 60s. The band has been known to show-off their melodic chops and sense of humor through the dueling guitars of Danny Amis and Eddie Angel, backed up by rhythmic assult of Jason Smay's pulse pounding drums and pure power bass of Peter Curry.
Putting A Hammer-Lock On Their Audience
In Mexico City, Los Straitjackets have been in front of stadium sized crowds of 70,000 strong, and the band gives them the full tilt experience of mind-bending guitar theatrics, group choreography, and fuzzed-out high fidelity rock and roll showmanship. Taking a cue from the lucha libre, Los Straitjackets apply their brand of guitar-fueled, instrumental sturm and twang. In the post-surf punk revival, the group still carries a loyal a following, through music that is not only surf-oriented.
Los Straitjackets, Kaiser George (guest vocals) & the Pontani Sisters: Twist & Grind
The Planet Rockers,
Pedro Del Mar
The Halibuts, The Torquays,
Jon & The Nightriders
Los Straitjackets, Kaiser George (guest vocals) & the Pontani Sisters: Twistin' Gorilla
The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets
Smells Like Teen Spirit mp3
Los Straitjackets in Concert
Rock En Espanol (CD)
Los Straitjackets featuring Big Sandy, Cesar Rosas, and Little Willie G
Twist Party (CD)
Los Straitjackets with the World Famous Pontani Sisters and Kaiser George
Play Favorites Limited Edition
Supersonic Guitars in 3D
Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets
Sing Along With Los Straitjackets
Damas y Caballeros,
The Velvet Touch of Los Straitjackets
¡Viva! Los Straitjackets
The Utterly Fantastic and Totally Unbelievable Sound of Los Straitjackets
7" Vinyl Single
"At the Drive-In" feat. "My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from Titanic)" and "Magnificent 7"
7" Vinyl Single Pacifica b/w Kawanga!
7" Vinyl Single Big Sandy with Los Straitjackets
(La Plaga b/w Que Mala)
7" Vinyl Single Los Straitjackets Christmas Single
(Sleighride b/w Marshmallow World)
The band's music can be heard in on soundtracks for TV shows and feature films including:
Malcolm in the Middle
Meet the Parents
Harriet the Spy
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Two Days in the Valley.
Los Straitjackets appear as themselves in Psycho Beach Party.
They are also a favorite of NBC Conan O'Brien and have appeared on his Late Night show at least 6 times,
Other TV show appearances
Malcom In The Middle
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