by Bill Pearis

Portland, OR does not have a beach but that hasn't stopped trio Guantanamo Baywatch from kicking out vintage-sounding twangy surf rock infused with a twisted sense of glee. And when it comes to a genre like this, enthusiasm counts for a lot. They are also not afraid to give a song a "cha cha cha" ending, something I secretly wish bands would do more. Their new album, Chest Crawl, out now via Dirtnap, is a good time tiki party with extra-spiked punch. You can download "Boomeranga" at the top of this post.

Guantanamo Baywatch are currently on tour and hit NYC on Wednesday, July 11 for a show at Cake Shop with local punks The Numerators. All tour dates are listed at below.

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Guantanamo Baywatch -- 2012 Tour Dates
Jul. 11 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
Jul. 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Perry Shall's house
Jul. 15 - Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class
Jul. 18 - Madison at Mickey's Tavern
Jul. 22 - Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
Jul. 23 - Denver, CO - Old Curtis Street
Jul. 24 - Provo, UT - Muse Music
Jul. 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Redwood Bar
Jul. 27 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock