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Paul Galaxy and the Galactix

Cross The Line – 2001 (Rollin' Rock)

Reviewed by Ken Burke

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Rollin' Rock's Ron Weiser may not be quick to admit it, but his label has been signing combos intent on stretching the parameters of rockabilly. Case in point, the winner of last year's Viva Las Vegas "Battle of the Bands," Paul Galaxy and the Galactix. This Denver-based trio comprised of singer/songwriter/guitarist Galaxy, upright bassist Chris "Chopper" Cordoba, and drummer "Mad Dog" Mike Minnick artfully blend Surf and Latin influences into the now standard hot-bop mix.

Although Galaxy possesses a voice better suited toward clean cut Swing than manic rockabilly, he does imbue a few solid boppers with admirable gusto ("Pretty Kitty," "Takin' Too Long") and intimate longing ("Morning Glory"). Moreover, his finest vocal achievement ("Crossing The Line") is rife with Surf-noir allusions to dangerous sexual exploits.

However, the band is built around Galaxy's potent guitar chops. Indeed, the most enjoyable and intense moments on this 14-song set are the Chantays ("Man O' War") and Dick Dale-styled instrumentals ("Tail Fin," "Night Crawler," "Hot Tamale 2") that evokes teeth-gnashing images of a long lost Mexican teen-horror movie.