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Thursday, 22 December 2011

Album Review: The Dustaphonics

The Dustaphonics
Party Girl
King-A-Ling Records

These days every girl considers herself potential burlesque material.
These days every half-wit with an axe thinks they can recapture the retro vibe through Bryl-creem and a swank two-tone ensemble. We are left in dire times. It's this whole old-new-old categorisation walloping it's guilded hand down and diverting us from straight-cut rock'n'roll party time values. Yet herein lie the middle grey, the space where the talented few, committed and bright, stick to their guns in an otherwise flooded market. I'm talking about The Dustaphonics and their new album Party Girl.

Hailing from all corners of the globe (France, England, USA, South Africa and Jamaica) they recapture a timeless vibe which feels untouched from today's pigeonholing. With ties to the likes of The Headcoats, The Milkshakes, Ronnie Dawson, The White Stripes, and Billy Childish to name a few they are a well-oiled lo-fi beat machine, with the rev's high and engine running clean. Picture Link Wray driving a green 69' Dodge Charger with Clint Eastwood riding shotgun, hammering down the salt flats - shooters 'a blazing in hot pursuit of Hunter S Thompson with Dick Dale in the trunk. All the while Barbarella and Betty Page are sporting sombreros, swigging tequila and getting freaky in the back. This would be the soundtrack.

Rolling up to the starting line, chassis rumbling and pistons pumping, is the opening number 'Eat my Dustaphonic'. A flat out instrumental surf-stomp number that sets the tone for this vivacious and steamy album. The real standout tracks on this album includes 'Burlesque Queen', in which guitarist Yvan Serrano Fontova (aka DJ Healer Selecta) collaborated with iconic 60's cult actress Tura Satana (Russ Meyer's Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill!) to create this little ditty which speaks volumes for the band and it's mission to deliver prime tunes wrapped up in leather and lace. The title track 'Party Girl' transforms the tone into a scintillating, driving pop number with sizzling catchy choruses and an all-out chequered finish.

The Dustaphonics have really mastered a formula between themselves and the audience, a certain aura that follows the band and fans alike. If you aren't captivated by the substance and delivery of these guys, you will surely be pinned to the spot by the powerful chords and curves from front women Kay Elizabeth and Dana. A guaranteed six to midnight.

Nick Banner

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