Dan Stuart with Twin Tones – Marlowe’s Revenge

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What business does an aging post-punk has-been have making a kick-ass rock record with Twin Tones, one of Mexico’s hottest young bands? Last anyone heard, Green on Red’s Dan Stuart had moved to Oaxaca from NYC to escape reality, not that anyone cared.

Marlowe’s Revenge started in a concrete bunker in Oaxaca, where Daniel Sanchez Jimenez was more used to recording Oaxacan banda than depressed gabachos. Stuart wandered in one day with a dozen songs written on an opened tuned cracked Martin that mirrored Stuart’s psyche perfectly. The songs were about love and loss, murder and revenge: Stuart’s usual laments but with a spark, like a fire had been lit somewhere deep in his distended belly. Pleased with the results, Stuart became curious and wondered if he could find a band to play some of these songs, a Mexican band that wasn’t a caricature of Mexico herself. He found that band in Twin Tones, no the. They came from Mexico City and played instrumental music with some of the same Ital-Mex influences as the last band Stuart had recorded with, Sacri Cuori from Italy. But they were younger and rawer, and spoke little English but with a rock n roll accent. Stuart sent them a message and barely got back a reply, yes we have a studio and we do our own thing, who the fuck are you? The first song they recorded together was Soy Un Hombre, and indeed Stuart had become a man again, stiff boner and all. It was immediately clear they had a garagey sound but one in England somewhere and rented from gypsies.

So there you have it, the making of a real rock record, maybe the last one ever, who fucking knows? Certainly not Stuart, he’s too busy enjoying Mexico City, where he just moved to be closer to the action at age 54 no less… and he’s just getting started

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