No Way Out, the thrilling debut album by the Chocolate Watch Band,
immediately finds that cosmic sweet-spot of perfect garage-rock
traction: where the rubber meets the road and the train keeps a-rollin.'
Nobody ever did Mick Jagger any better (even Mick, himself) than the
Watch Band's frighteningly superb frontman Dave Aguilar. "Are You Gonna
Be There (At The Love-In)" and "Let's Talk About Girls" are on
everyone's list of Top 20 garage rock anthems of all time. And that's
just the tip of the vermillion iceberg for this essential longplayer.
"Come On," an early Stones single, gets the perfect Watch Band overhaul,
"Hot Dusty Roads" ventures down back alleys that Buffalo Springfield
never dreamed about and "No Way Out" dances rings around the outskirts
of your nearest Human Be-In.
A San Jose, Calif. band whose reputation has grown exponentially over
the decades, the Chocolate Watch Band are now revered as one of the
Seven Wonders of the World of garage rock. Spotlighting the classic
lineup'the inflammatory vocals of Dave Aguilar and the roof-rattling
guitars of Mark Loomis and Sean Tolby, fronting the rock-solid bass of
Bill Flores and the letter-perfect drums of Gary Andrijasevich'the Watch
Band's first two albums have it all. Stones swagger snake-hips its way
through cosmic significance with just a dusting of eye-opening
psychedelic legerdemain to make your neck snap backwards in pure joy.
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