H-Town has a long, loving relationship with garage rock going all the way back to the '60s, when bands like Sir Douglas Quintet recorded hits like "She's About A Mover" in Houston and rode the tide to the top of the rock and roll charts and international stardom.
Muck and Mires come of out of that skronking, swaggering Boston garage scene that traces its roots all the way back to bands like The Standells, who had one of the first '60s garage hits that brought parents out with pitchforks and bibles with its overt sex talk. They specialize in music for shakin' your butt. You'll never find these guys waxing poetic about their journey to inner peace or "finding themselves" or any of that artsy-fartsy stuff that seems to be pouring out of everyone who owns a guitar on both sides of the Atlantic these days.
The Continental Club is known for hosting the occasional oddity, but it's doubtful patrons of the Main Street venue have encountered a duo quite like Tino and Jose. A wacky pair of older guys who are very serious working musicians, they cover rock and roll songs mariachi style. It sounds like a kitschy novelty -- and in some senses it is -- but these guys absolutely wail on classics like Roy Orbison's "Oh Pretty Woman."
If the New York cool cat behind the turntables at Fitzgerald's Saturday night looks familiar, chances are he is. Now a noted figure in hip circles in New York City and nationally, Toubin is a former Houstonian who played in bands like Noodle and Cheezus here in the Eighties before setting out into the larger world. He also began his deejay career working at local station KTSB when he was a student at UH.
Testosterone alert! Consider yourself warned: Friday night's bill at Continental Club featuring local giants Los Skarnales and the recently reformed Jungle Rockers from Austin should be a full scale guitar world war of machismo, greased-back hair, tight pants and leather jackets. Every rock star pose ever attempted on the planet will likely be in evidence.
One of Houston's longest running, most revered, and supremely atomic bands, Los Skarnales have survived so long because they just don't do it like anyone else. Steeped in ska, cumbia, and rockabilly, Felipe Galvan and his eastside vatos try to Continental Club jump over the rafters from the first note of any performance, exploding onto stages like prisoners being released from solitary confinement. And if a fight breaks out, well, then there's going to be a fight.
If the word anti-rock star did not already exist, it would need to be invented for Austin's Ramsay Midwood. His guitar is a cracked, scuffed duct-taped relic that looks like it fell down a cliff with Hank Williams Jr. Midwood prefers to keep his caveman mane partially hidden by an assortment of cheap gimme baseball hats worn backward or, in winter, even the odd Russian fur hat with those awkward, freaky, never-sexy ear flaps. He probably last shaved in the middle of the last decade, and most of his wardrobe seems to date back to his days of picking crops in France.