I love bands that are throwbacks to other eras of music. Whether they’re modern takes on bluegrass or blues, it’s always interesting to see what happens when musicians who have grown up with a lot of influences apply themselves to something older and fuse those influences with it. It doesn’t always work, but it’s usually interesting. The folks who make up The Del Moroccos come from musical backgrounds that range from rockabilly to surf to ska to jazz, and they bring elements of all of them to their particular brand of 50’s R&B and soul.
The Del Moroccos’ lineup is a little unusual: guitar, bass, drums, piano, saxophones, and 3 female singers. The combination ends up sounding like something you’d hear on a Tarantino soundtrack: growling saxes, soulful vocals, and surf guitars. Their debut album is Blue Black Hair, and it’s raucous fun from beginning to end.
Tell me this doesn’t sound like it was released in about 1958, I dare ya. I also dare you to not clap along with it. I’m pretty sure it can’t be done.
“That’s a Pretty Good Love”
“Baby You Got What it Takes”, live
“Daddy You Lied to Me”, live