What’s So Funny About Peace, Love & Los Straitjackets?
Yes, after touring and recording with the masterful Nick Lowe during the past couple of years, Los Straitjackets – led by the guitarslingin’ Rensselaer native Eddie Angel – are gearing up to drop a new album of their own, What’s So Funny About Peace, Love & Los Straitjackets, featuring their unique, guitar-twangin’, instrumental interpretations of tunes from the vast Lowe songbag.
Slated for release on Yep Roc Records on May 19, the album features a baker’s dozen of Lowe’s tunes performed by the masked merauders with special guest appearances by longstanding Lowe band member Geraint Watkins on keyboards, the recording debut of Royston Lowe on percussion and, yes indeed, a vocal cameo by Lowe himself.
“Recording these songs reminded me what a great melodist Nick is,” says Angel. “Everybody knows that he writes great lyrics, but he doesn’t always get credit for his amazing melodies. The fact that the songs stand up as instrumentals is proof of that. And I think that we managed to bring something new to the songs, which is what you hope to do when you’re covering other people’s material.”