Los Salvadores’ new 5 track EP, ’Stuck Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’ is an accomplished piece of work. The band have a new line up including Vicky Price on French horn and the resulting sound places this EP firmly at the folk end of the folk-punk spectrum that the band have previously explored.
Clever lyrics and complex harmonies work together to create an upbeat and slightly theatrical sound that is consistently entertaining.
The material is largely inspired by local legends and stories from the Kent region and surroundings. Naval warfare features in ’Bartholomew’s Day’, while ’Smuggler’s Leap’ evokes the age old conflict between smugglers and customs men and ’Holly Shore’ tells the story of the ghost of a Dutch sailor in a local drinking establishment.
The punk theme is strongest on the opening ’ Old Diesel Engine’ that also has a fine whirl of Romany-styled fiddle. In a strong finish, ’These Trees’ has some beguiling fiddle and a very catchy chorus.
’Stuck Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’ is a top notch release that packs an awful lot into the EP format.Mike Hough
Released 22nd April 2010. Own label
1. Old Diesel Engine
2. Holly Shore
3. Bartholemew’s Day
4. Smuggler’s Leap
5. These Trees