by Lisa Waugh
Besides having one of the best band names we’ve seen in a long time, Anaconda Limousine is a refreshing surprise. All at once sounding like Hendrix, The Beatles, and some upstart punk band, Anaconda Limousine’s self-titled record is a huge ear treat.
The SoCal band is made up of Steve Weinberg on vocals and many instruments, David Epstein on bass “from time to time,” Stoyan Stefanov on guitar, Avery Weinberg lending a hand on vocals, and Zak Weinberg mostly at the drum kit.
It’s a surprising sound from a group that might look a bunch of family hobbyists. But that assessment would be wrong. Dead wrong.
Besides a couple of misfit tracks, Anaconda Limousine is a powerful record. The album is full of energy and good vibes and it’s also extremely well written and produced. You can hear the work that went into each song. It’s a very strong debut.
Anaconda Limousine Track review:
“Virus” is Nirvana-ish in its melody and a strange way to get started but… all right. It’s not my favorite track but it’s heavy, desert-tripping imagery works. The track makes Anaconda Limousine sound old/new. It’s weird.
“Yesterday” kicks off the alum and is an arena-sounding anthem track that could have been written in any of the last three eras. Freaking awesome.
“All For You” is the ballad of an owner of a broken heart, which we hear is much better than the owner of a lonely heart. Seriously, nice track but probably not the strongest on a very strong album but it does showcase lead singer Steve Weinberg’s vocal adroitness.
“Damage” is such a wonderful little storytelling tune. Weinberg’s voice conjures a little Roger Daltry.
“Everyday” sounds like a completely different approach, light, infectious and worthy of a soundtrack somewhere. Anaconda Limousine truly shine here.
“Girl” shows that the band knows how to craft a ballad. Gorgeous piano and strings coupled with a fine harmony, the track is a stand out.
Anaconda Limousine’s cover of “Fool On The Hill” is quite satisfying with Weinberg’s voice doing its own thing and not trying to copy McCartney.
“Faultline” is a little early ’80s Elvis Costello and Madness all at the same time. Big fun.
“Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow” closes out the record and does a fine job of it.
Anaconda Limousine… another reason we only review the bands we like and why you should put his one in your rotation. Do your ears a favor and take a ride with them.
Anaconda Limousine Members:
Zakary Weinberg – Drums, Keyboard, Backing Vocals (was 14 at the time of the album’s recording)
Steve Weinberg – Guitar, Vocals, Keys, Shaker
Stoyan Stefanov – Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo
Avery Weinberg – backing vocals (was 9 at the time of the album’s recording)
David Epstein – Bass, Backing Vocals
Anaconda Limousine Tracklisting:
All For You
Fool On The Hill
Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow