Portland’s Dirtnap Records Signs Guantanamo Baywatch
|Guantanamo Baywatch will release their 2nd album (first for Dirtnap Records) of sexy, sleazy, reverb’d out slime in May 2012. Guantanamo Baywatch was started by Jason Powell and Chevelle Wiseman in Portland about 4 years ago to an immediately enthusiastic reception, released a very well received and now out-of-print LP on Portland’s awesome Hovercraft Records, as well as a couple of EP’s/tapes. The band really came into it’s own, though, in late 2010, with the addition of Chris Michael (also in BOOM!) on drums. Technically they joined the Dirtnap roster in June 2011, but they took their time recording their debut for the label, done mostly at home by the band themselves.
Chest Crawl sees the band working more vocal numbers into the mix, incorporating the usual surf/garage suspects (Cramps, Trashmen), more obscure 50’s rock n’ roll/RNB wildmen, as well as slightly heavier nods toward the young-oldies sound being popularized today by bands such as Hunx, Shannon And The Clams, Nobunny, etc.
Wildly popular here in Portland, and not afraid to tour, Guantanamo Baywatch are gonna be all over the place in 2012, starting with a 2 week tour with frequent bill-mates The Mean Jeans in March, followed by a solid summer of touring following the release of Chest Crawl.
Dirtnap doesn’t sign up local Portland bands very often (last one was Mean Jeans in late 2008!), so when we do, pay attention!
“This great surf rock around the clock punk band Guantanamo Baywatch came to town. They entranced me with their reverb and yelling….I like them a lot. You should too.” – Mad Decent
“If the Cramps were still a going concern these days, I daresay the band might pass its curiously stained torch off to local trio Guantanamo Baywatch. Like Lux Interior and the gang, Guantanamo Baywatch plays a dirty version of rockabilly and surf that leaves no hotel bedsheet unrustled.” – Willamette Week
“Their raw sound is equal parts garage punk and the Cramps, and as they combine these styles it creates a sort of live-sound spectacular you won’t soon forget. More importantly, Guantanamo Baywatch have been known to drop trou from time to time while onstage, and that’s something you’d much rather see them do than Dick Dale. Trust me on this one.” – Portland Mercury