DANTE VS. ZOMBIES
These L.A. garage-punk all-stars clearly had a blast writing their latest press release, which cheekily refers to their music as “spaghetti-western jungle” and “not-quite-gentrified-ghetto-pop”—although maybe not as much fun as they seem to have had actually recording this debut album. Featuring Starlite Desperation frontman Dante White-Aliano and a pack of his wacky buds, DVZ makes ’50s novelty rock with hints of surf and Afro-pop. “There’s a goth barbecue, and we’d like to invite you,” White-Aliano yelps in the opening seconds, preparing you for horror-comedy songs about ghosts, zombies and the Hollywood showbiz scene. “Watermelon Iodine” is his four-minute pitch for a zany movie that really ought to get made—it’s already got a killer soundtrack.