Wayne Interest Innovative Leisure/ Create / Control
This record from Cali trio Tijuana Panthers is as footloose and fancy free as a weekend of debauchery in the infamous city their name comes from. Scuzzed up bass intros are a signature, and the melodic riff- like basslines take the lead on many tracks, such as “Fired” and “Time”. Golden reverb- soaked guitars are layered on top and the album’s best moments see the two click together gloriously, penultimate track “Money Jar” being possibly the best evidence of this. Other highs include “Cherry Street”, which may be the best surf pop song since The Drums’ “Let’s Go Surfing”, and the fuzzy cover of The Buzzcocks’ “Everybody’s Happy Nowadays”, which captures the infectious fun of this album perfectly. Special mention for the appropriately DIY production and the lively vocals, which always stay on the right side of whiney.