with Eilen Jewell
Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 8:00 PM CDT
(7:00 PM Doors)
Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
18 years and over
Members include Danny Amis, guitar; Eddie Angel, guitar; Pete Curry (replaced Scott Esbeck, 1998), bass; Scott Esbeck, bass; Jimmy Lester, drums. Addresses: Record company--Yep Roc Records, P.O. Box 4821, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4821. Website--Los Straitjackets Official Website: http://www.straitjackets.com/index.html.
With a sound that combines the classic strumming of 1960s surf music---reminiscent of Dick Dale's guitar work---with the element of punk, Los Straitjackets have carved a successful niche for themselves in the world of alternative rock. Comprised of Eddie Angel and Danny Amis on guitars, Pete Curry on bass, and Jimmy Lester on drums, the instrumental band has performed original as well as classic tunes, while always focusing on pop culture and fun. Their trademark Mexican wrestling masks, matching clothes, and custom-made matching guitars have made them one of the more visually exciting bands to see in live performance.
Much of what has made Los Straitjackets successful has come from coincidence and a process of working together that makes the group more successful as a team than as individuals. Angel explained to John Wirt of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Advocate, "Every time we get together we come up with new songs. The whole thing has been like that, just totally organic. You can't plan that. It happens in its own way." Part of this process is the band's ability to think differently about performances, from the choreography of their live shows, to scheduling boat cruises with other bands, to inviting a group of fans to join them on tour.