Los Lobos

Tin Can Trust (Shout Factory)


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If you only know Los Lobos for their fluke movie soundtrack hit La Bamba, you owe it to yourself to get better acquainted with the Latin rock legends. Despite touring the world throughout the 80s and early 90s opening up for mainstream rock heavyweights like U2 and the Grateful Dead, they’ve always brought a surprising inventiveness and art to their Chicano blues formula. Factor in the daring avant-garde pop experiments of their Latin Playboys side project and you realize that their sole chart hit is by no means representative of their 37-year history.

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For Tin Can Trust, they’re back on an indie label and recorded in a bare-bones studio usually used by punk bands. That doesn’t mean they’ve gone hipster lo-fi, even if there is an appealing raw quality to the sound. This is much more about capturing their inimitable onstage chemistry with sizzling fuzz guitar solos, unexpected fusions of styles and the kind of relaxed confidence that only comes with this kind of history.

Top track: Jupiter Or The Moon

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