The sun never really shines in Portland, Oregon, but you would not know it by listening to “Oh Rats!”, the latest 7″ from Guantanamo Baywatch, the Bridge City’s best Rock and Roll band.
The record starts with a deep bass groove. Then a high pitched, reverb drenched guitar enters the mix. This track could easily be mistaken for a classic Link Wray or Dick Dale tune. The only clue that “Oh Rats!” is a modern recording is that it sounds far too powerful and heavy to have been made in the 1960’s.
The B side “A Boy to Love” starts with a sad and desperate sounding vocal and a soft, dreamy guitar in the background. After a minute the bass kicks in and the song jumps into a hard-driving, power-pop anthem. This track sounds like some of the earlier Hunx and His Punx recordings, but with a heavier punk-rock edge.
Genre/ Tags: Surf Rock, Garage-Punk
Oh Rats! 7″: Tracklist:
1.) Oh Rats!
2.) A Boy to Love