Earl And The Losers were formed outta the blue and in-depth into the instrumental dementia in 2005 Bologna, Italy! During that time played only original instrumental surf tunes, plus a coupla Link Wray covers! After the summer alcoholidays the line up has changed and they started to introduce in their repertoire a buncha songs written in the last seven years by Maurizio, while style of the instrumental stuff turned into a more Italian Spaghetti Western style! At that time it became naturally to split the 2 projects leaving Earl And The Losers with their surf-spaghetti western repertoire and the newly born DeSoto with the new “songs”!
The influence of the “songs” coming from the 60’s (The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Lee Hazlewood, etc.) but, above all, from the new scene of the American Alternative country (Giant Sand, Howe Gelb, Calexico, Uncle Tupelo). They love also traditional country stuff (Johnny Cash, Hank Williams), Blues (John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters etc.) and garage punk as well (The Sonics) until the seventies punkrock scene! A must is Sergio Leone and his Spaghetti Western movies, Ennio Morricone’s soundtracks, Italian B-Movies from the 60’s and 70’s (the ones Quentin Tarantino loves), they dig also David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch, Gus Van Sant and instrumental music for films (surf, western, rumba, calipso, Mexican stuff) played in a punky version!!!
The current line up is: Maurizio “Earl” Guidoni: guitar & vocals, Paolo Ballone: guitar & organ, Enrico Soverini: drums & Michele Rizzoli: drums.
Their debut full-length recorded in September 2007 in Lazzaro (Bologna), Italy at Sergione studios, mixed by Paolo Ballone and all songs written by Maurizio “Earl” Guidoni, arranged by Earl And The Losers. So, what we have here? The opening track “John Wayne’s Got Blues” is a high-energy instro with swirling organ that easily will blow your mind and “Blue Canyon” the perfect soundtrack for our unpracticable treks!!! “Tucson” without a doubt can be characterized kinda like an ode to the Arizona desert and more… And what about midnight escapades in fuckin’ utopia? “Escape” has a moody’n’trippy feeling, drive you through the velvet fog, “The Mexican” woos with Don Juan and the Shaman Indians, while “Hot Rod” & “White Dust” will get you back to the golden eras of the motor-madness! If you dig “Lost Highway” I’m pretty sure that you’ll dig the next cool tune called “Lost That Train”, while the last two songs “Hairy Woman” & “Disbanded” spiritualized by Giant Sand’s cerebrum Howe Gelb! Overall, a pretty cool & enjoyable disc recommended for sure! Be sure to pick up this CD, plus a bottle of tequila and have a nice trip!
1-John Wayne's Got Blues
7-White Dust II
8-Lost That Train