Chris Masuak & The Viveiro Wave Riders – Brujita LP
Aussie rock legend Chris "Klondike" Masuak returns with Brujita, his first album since 2011. A member of pioneering Aussie's Radio Birdman's classic line-up, Masuak has been involved in some of Australia's most noted rock bands, including Screaming Tribesmen, New Christs and Hitmen. After immersing himself in the blues on 2011's Workhorse, Masuak has dug deep into his songwriting bag for his third solo band long-player to come up with some of the best melodies of his long and storied career. Recorded with his crack Spanish band The Viveiro Wave Riders, Brujita is defined by its hooky tunes, nimble engine room and trademark scorching Masuak guitar. It alludes to his best work in the Hitmen (think the 1981 debut self-titled album and 1991's Moronic Inferno) and the Screaming Tribesmen. Brujita sees him return to his rock-pop roots. Masuak has fielded many requests for comment since his summary dismissal from Radio Birdman's ranks but for the most part has maintained silence, making just one brief statement. Two years later, the music on Brujita does the talking with two tracks, "Birdbrain" and "No Younger", pointedly reflecting on life as a key member of one of Australian underground rock and roll's most seminal bands. Brujita doesn't look over its own shoulder for too long. From the rollicking "Viveiro Rocks" to the raucous ode to Detroit's diva, "Niagara", this is an album of high-energy rock-pop riff-o-rama that screams out to be played loud and often. Want more? There's the Flamin' Groovies-meet-The Dictators swagger of "Another Lost Weekend", the rallying call of "Bully Boys", the hometown cheer of "Viveiro Rocks!" and the dark-sweet pop kiss of the title tune. Canadian-born, Australian-raised Chris Masuak is an Australian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who divides his time between Viveiro in Spain and Sydney, Australia.
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