Thursday, March 12, 2020

Album Review: The Rebels of Tijuana - La Dominicaine (EP)

The Rebels of Tijuana
La Dominicaine EP
***and1/2 out of *****

The Geneva based outfit The Rebels of Tijuana have been around for a while, releasing over ten albums, and on their newest EP La Dominicaine they deliver a wining mix of garage rocking psychedelia.

The group are Alexis Kacimi (vocals, guitar), Anthony Salles (drums), Olivier Python (keyboards), Julien Garric (bass) & Jules Koechlin (guitar) and they love the retro shoegaze of desert blues bands like the Black Angels and the psychedelic warehouse rockers of the late 60's with equal fervor. These four tracks start out simple and straight ahead but each experiments and flies off the beaten path in unique ways.

Opener "C'est immense" kicks things off with a blues based ramble, grooving with energy before a feedback laden solo wraps things up, while a decent effort, things only improve over these four songs. ""Elle triomphge" is a slow burner that slams into high gear with punk like drums and a motoring sense of purpose before expanding out into the sonic netherworld with warbling guitar effects.

"Chameau" is a blistering outing which overloads guitars and electronic effects to speaker shaking degrees and ends up being the most exhilarating track, worthy of late night freak-outs or sunshiny high volume blasting.  Album closer "Joue d'avance" is a tight crisp '50's style garage rocker which cooks with energy and a screeching guitar solo.

The four songs on La Dominicaine are a woolly wild ride which play with sonic textures and levels of mind altering guitar based rave ups. The only downside to this brief release from the Swiss rockers is that there aren't more killer tunes to keep the party rocking. 
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