The Skinny: Detroit prog/psych/garage rock ‘n’ roll band DUENDE! team up with David J, the legendary bassist for Bauhaus, and later Love & Rockets. The results are mystical.
Sounds like: The Cramps, Love & Rockets, Drive By Truckers, The Hotwalls, 13th Floor Elevators, The Hives, Thee Oh Sees
Deeper Thoughts: Completed in about a week’s time, this six-track opus features David J as our spirit guide on a prototypical DUENDE! sonic sojourn. Mr J leads us through a world of sleaze, wonder and swamp gas, as well as a tour of his favorite haunts in the D. J connected with Jeff Howitt and company via Theater Bizarre, and their special brand of guitar, bass & drums garage/psych freakout is a nice complement to Mr J’s eery spoken-word musings.
The Sonics: This is a really cool recording produced by David J and engineered by Tony Hamera. It’s a remarkable accomplishment, especially given the time they had to work. This CD version retains a rich sophistication, despite occasionally feeling a bit compressed. It has plenty of snarl in the right places and rocks hard enough. There’s a nice chimey top end throughout, and the tunes that feature bass guitar have particularly lush low frequencies. They could have dialed back the reverb, which might have allowed David’s vocalizing to sit more comfortably in the mixes.