It might be a couple of weeks before it’s officially summer, but as far as I’ve always been concerned, the official start to summer is Memorial Day weekend. Now that the onslaught of (much needed) rain is over and the skies have cleared, it’s time to rejoice in the sun with cold beers and good tunes.
And what better way to kick-off the summer than catching the thrilling surf-sounds of Portland, Oregon’s Guantanamo Baywatch! Surf’s definitely up when they storm the Hotel Vegas stage on Thursday, June 4.
The trio is touring hot off the heels of their latest album, Darling… It’s Too Late, released this year on the Suicide Squeeze record label (home to Modest Mouse). The album slides effortlessly between surf ’n’ spy instrumentals and sweet ’n’ sticky doo-wop infused rock ’n’ roll. It’s a jungle rock, baby! Fans of The Cramps, The Trashmen and The Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet will love the sex-wax stylings of this band.
Also on the bill are Austin’s-by-way-of-Louisiana The Lochness Mobsters (fans of clever word-play should also be thrilled by this night’s line-up), a revved-up trio specializing in ferocious frat-rock (think The Kingsmen meets The Dickies); and Austin’s Hundred Visions, a swampy rock band that would make both Roky Erickson and The Replacements proud.
Hotel Vegas is located at 1502 E. 6 St. The show starts at 9 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.
The Lochness Mobsters