Jim Santo's Demo Universe

The Losers - The Losers

The latest outing from Racca, former guitarist and songwriter for seminal Orange County punk-metal band The Mechanics and a man last seen (although not in this universe) fronting 16 Tons. Installed at center of a tight power trio, Racca cranks out riff after meaty riff of hairy hard rock. A better than average rendition of "Psychotic Reaction" does not dim the impact of the band's originals, which, unsaddled from heavy messages, strut and gallop like wild stallions. "Sally" is the epic of the set, combining bluesy swagger a la Live At Leeds with the tough, disciplined rhythms of modern metal. More mainstream than their disciples, but still rockin'.

Cassette received February 26, 1996