Guantanamo Baywatch

Tony Accosta


Sat., Aug. 26, 8 p.m. 2017

Location Info:

The Wayfarer
843 W. 19th St.
Costa Mesa, CA  92627
Portland’s Guantanamo Baywatch have recently relocated to somewhere in L.A. and their latest Desert Center LP is a perfect fit for their new home. It’s surf, Sunset Strip garage and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll the way L.A. made it in the 50s, 60s and even the (late) 70s, too—maybe even the 80s if we wanna mess with Bomp! Comps! Center finds the band even more committed to gnarly Ventures-style instrumentals, with little nods (maybe?) to classic riffs from “Teenage Letter,” “Victoria” and of course the exotica staple “Brazil” swimming in the fuzz. But they’ve still got their soft spot for heart-on-sleeve bad-boy declaimers that land somewhere between Dion and Lee Moses, with “Blame Myself” and “Neglect” being the twin love-gone-bad (or going bad!) testimonies. With L.A. power pop foursome Susan—well worth checking out!
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