Published Jan 31, 2008No, not this guy, whos apparently still alive despite this songs insistence to tag his toe. The Abe Vigoda Im referring to hail from Naughtyville, CA (aka Los Angeles), enjoy dressing up like Kraftwerk and, along with peers No Age, Mika Miko and the Silver Daggers, are part of a scene rising from their local venue and communal punk rock temple, the Smell. Im not sure who exactly pigeonholed the band (No Ages Randy Randall is a prime suspect), but theyre often described as "tropical pop punk. Throw another subgenre onto the garbage heap, sure, but theres a distinct fusion in their music that covers all of those varying elements with glowing harmony. Recent seven-inch "Animal Ghosts lays bare their sunny disposition, with a raid of rhythms so buoyant theres only one thing you can do, and that is the conga! Okay, its not quite as fruity or forceful as that sounds, but this band have a gift for knitting that irresistible shuffle with slightly off-key Caribbean guitar melodies and clamouring posse vocals into a warm scarf of no wave discordance thats undeniably tuneful and comfortable.
Abe Vigoda "Animal Ghosts
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