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Key­board vir­tu­oso James De­laney has played with Chuck Berry,

Rory Gal­lagher and Van Mor­ri­son, to name but three leg­ends. Los Par­adiso – the al­bum and the band – fea­tures De­laney, along with sundry mates, run­ning through blues, surf mu­sic, rock­a­billy, booga­loo, you name it. Their pedi­gree is cer­tainly im­pres­sive; aside from De­laney’s bona fides, gui­tarist Ed Deane has shared stages with Gra­ham Parker, Ian

Dury and Nick Lowe. Drum­mer Kevin Malone, mean­while, has played with Sinead O’Con­nor and Ron­nie Wood – on sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions I sus­pect – and bassist Gar­van Gal­lagher has done ser­vice with Mary Black, and the mar­vel­lous Fleadh Cow­boys.

With that much tal­ent and ex­pe­ri­ence on the bench, the play­ing is as ac­com­plished as you would ex­pect. Ac­cord­ingly, the al­bum is at it’s best on the (near) in­stru­men­tals: ‘Surf­ing With The Mummy’ heads down to the beach with a twang that Dick Dale would be proud of, while ‘Bad Day (In Black­rock)’ cops a bit of En­nio Mor­ri­cone’s mojo for a tragic tale of trans­port prob­lems in Dublin 4. It’s un­likely to set the world aflame, but that’s hardly the point. It serves as a fine en­tice­ment to get down to one of Los Par­adiso’s reg­u­lar shows in the Lee­son Lounge, which I fully

in­tend to.


LOS PAR­ADISO Los Par­adiso in­de­pen­dent ‘Surf­ing With The Mummy’ 7/10

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