This Buena Park, CA trio rules, first because their name is a Pee-wee’s Playhouse reference, and second, because their music is really damn catchy. I was hoping for something sweet from this, based on the name of the band and the absurd cover art of flying teeth and a toothless kid holding a hammer. It didn’t disappoint—garage-y punk’n’roll with strong hooks and slightly nonsensical lyrics. There’s also a ‘50s surf guitar vibe on several tracks, particularly “The Stuff,” which was a mostly instrumental track that I really dug. Every riff on this LP was a potential earworm. It could have been an entirely instrumental album and I would not have been the least bit disappointed. The lyrics add a touch of entertainment value, like “Just for Me,” which is written from the perspective of a kid who doesn’t want to share his things. I thought the Meka Leka Hi’s were great from the start, but their absurd humor really pushes them over the top.
–Paul J. Comeau (Meka Leka Hi’s, themekalekahis.bandcamp.com, [email protected])