CHICA NEGRA: Luck of the Seven: CD

Lotta different ingredients dipped from different pots—little bits of punk, surf, western, early Bay Area wave, jazz, and Link Wray rumble mixed into a rock base. The results aren’t bad, but nonetheless lack a level of punch that would serve well to make things stick better, not to mention some stirring of the influences to render them a bit less obvious. Promising, and I’m interested in where they go from here. –Jimmy Alvarado (Mystery School, facebook.com/mysteryschoolrecords)