#songoftheday / REVIEW: Wannabe Jalva: “MAINLINE”

File this one under insanely good…   There are so many things happening at once during this track, yet it totally works.  The first thing you notice are the guitars, which almost have a surf rock vibe to them, like Dick Dale and the Deltones, then you notice the throbbing, rapid-fire beats which sounds like they’re destined for the clubs.  And the chorus sounds like a cross between The Doors and Iron Butterfly with a totally smooth, retro groove.  It’s all quite delicious and makes ya feel all kinds of swirly inside.

The band is originally from Brazil and has played alongside Pearl Jam and Vampire Weekend.  “Mainline”  was mastered by Brian Lucey,  who worked on the Black Keys’ Brothers and El Camino.


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An entertainment journalist for 20 years, Michael McCarthy was a columnist and contributing editor for the magazines Lollipop and LiveWire. He co-created and wrote for Cinezine, one of the '90's most popular movie E-zines. The only time he's not listening to music is when he's watching television shows and movies or reading, usually music magazines.

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