Chest Crawl

Surf rock didn’t need Quentin Tarantino to make it sound badass. Long before Pulp Fiction, the genre’s best instrumentals paddled into pretty dark water, suggesting after-hours intrigue down at the shrimp shack. On its second album, the Portland trio Guantanamo Baywatch offers a particularly trashy take on this venerable ’60s sound, ripping trebly Ventures guitar runs with violent garage vigor. On tunes like “Barbacoa” and the title track, the trio hangs 10 amid B-movie sea monsters and tatted-up, gum-smacking mermaids. The demented malt-shop ballads “Sad Over You,” “Diana” and “Frizzella,” meanwhile, find sometime singer Jason Powell behind the mic, making like Dion possessed by demons. Dig the depravity, daddio.

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