Tijuana Hercules – Evening Dressings – CD, Compact Disc, Skin Graft Records, 2020

At a time when “Saturday night” is called into question, Tijuana Hercules’s latest mini-LP “Evening Dressings” is here to escort you into oblivion. This one finds the band further pushing its patented “hillbilly trance” modus operandi: a greezy sensory deprivation chamber of boundary-busting blues, spaghetti-strung grooves, and tangled psychedelic roots music. Tijuana Hercules is led by John Vernon Forbes formerly of Mount Shasta.

Mixing the American Vestapol finger-picking guitar style of the 1850s with the space-age sound of synthesizer and theremin – along with a tasty dash of junk percussion – “Evening Dressings” comes to a boil in a down-home, gamma-radiated stew.