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Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas

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The self-titled debut from Matthew Stubbs & The Antiguas is a diverse and propulsive affair, combining psych rock with garage rock, acid blues and Afrobeat.
As a whole, the album also feels cinematic, like a great soundtrack to an underground film.
You can also hear more modern production influences from the likes of Beck and Tom Waits. Amazingly, this melange of styles is all accomplished without vocals — the Antiguas are an instrumental affair. “The other question people ask is, ‘Why don’t you have a singer?’” says Stubbs. “Well, back in the day, in the ‘50s and ‘60s, you had guys like Booker T and Link Wray who had bona fide hits as instrumentalists. And now, you have great instrumental groups like The Budos Band and El Michels Affair. I’d like to bring back that spirit to popular music.”
So think of the Antiguas as a timeless musical statement that nods to the past but lives in the here and now. “It’s meshing vintage sounds with modern tweaks,” says Stubbs. “It's lo-fi inspiration with hi-fi sonics and production.”

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