Posted November 8, 2007 in

When the veteran fuzz guitar avatar Davie Allan gets to work, expect a head-spinning barrage of technical perfection, raw, misfit distortion and shrewdly interjected melodic nods to the seemingly incongruous likes of Henry Mancini and Burt Bacharach. Allan, see, was one of the first players to drag the electric guitar, kicking and screaming, from the sleek early ’60s acceleration of the Ventures and into the walloping realm of heavy duty, psychedelic-ized proto-metal ravings. Perhaps the most amazing aspect is that not only was Allan just a barely out of his teens whelp, he did much of this while supplying soundtrack fodder for a string of classic American International Pictures exploitation flicks, a gig landed at the personal behest of AIP visionary Roger Corman which eventually became of run of no less than 20 movies (everything from biker flicks to the acid-drenched fantasy, Wild in the Streets). While his pop-tinged, big screen riff slinging provided terrific mainstream exposure, it was Allan’s all-instrumental studio sets that really displayed just how hard he was pushing the six-string lexicon. His 1968 Cycle-Delic Sounds of  . . . , a relentless avalanche of effects-laden guitar brutality that rivals Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page, remains today an unprecedented and prized artifact from the dawn of late ’60s rock guitar expansion, and Allan has only continued to explore and enhance his perpetually dazzling style. Appearing tonight to ballyhoo release of his new Fuzz for the Holidays CD (an effort that’ll really roast your chestnuts, kiddies), Allan is certain to reach into the collective head with mesmerizing affect. (Jonny Whiteside)

Davie Allen & The Arrows with The Hexxers, The California Del Res and Jason Lee & The R.I.P. Tides performing November 9 at The Red Planet, 6192 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, (951) 686-9544; Doors at 9pm; Tickets $10





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