Wayne In­ter­est In­no­va­tive Leisure/ Cre­ate / Con­trol

Blunt - - In Review - TIM MARKLEW

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.

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