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Review Wed Jan 23 2008

Note to You: Purchase La Scala


Last Saturday at the Empty Bottle, nestled between the opener (Let’s Get Out of This Terrible Sandwich Shop) and the headliner (Bang! Bang!), I discovered the perfect remedy to the coldest night in the history of the world. Their name is La Scala and though they’re a new band around town (as of late last year), they sound and play like seasoned vets.

Dressed like retro, psychobilly cast-offs, the success of La Scala is a matter of balance. On the one hand, they play a simple arrangement of bass, drums, and guitar and bind all that together with a few tasty grooves. On the other, more unique hand, they invoke what they’re calling “a haunting, melodramatic air” but that to me is more cinematic in nature, as if they’re constructing a sun-drenched landscape complete with ridiculous gunfights and men on horses. And there is something in the loping drums and high-pitched guitars that suggest Europe—mainly Italy—so that the music is what Ennio Morricone would have played if he ever got tired of scoring spaghetti westerns and turned his attention to rock’n’roll. It’s the contrast of styles that makes La Scala a band to keep an eye on; that, and they’re fun as hell.

Saturday’s show doubled as a release party for their first EP, called the Harlequin, which will be available February 26th from Highwheel Records. Put that on your list, and make sure you check out La Scala the next time they’re around. You won’t be disappointed.

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