ZZ Top has made a spectacular return to the world of rock and roll with La Futura , their first release in 9 years, and it looks like it's going to be another hit for Billy, Dusty and Frank.
ZZ Top are well known to the MTV generation for their bizarre video's, gigantic beards and for welding together garage, blues and punk licks into a veritable gourmet stew of spicy steaming hot texas chili for the brain.
On their new release La Futura produced by Rick Rubin( The Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash) they let the listener know that they are that same little band from Texas that knew it could kill for a living if they did not have guitars.
Rubin has two tricks that always work with the artists that he produces. First he strips down the studio to it's bare essentials, and uses first takes to capture the true spirit of rock. Second he remarries artists with new material revitalizing their new "image".
With ZZ Top he took a mid 90's hip hop anthem that sounds like this....
Tools it into the recording facility and gives it to three master players who make it sound like this...
The first four songs from La Futura debuted on a four song teaser ep called Texicali , and "Gotsa Get Paid" was featured in the film Battleship
But if you want to hear the tough crunch and stadium rocking roar of the second single" Flyin' High" then good luck concentrating on anything else today.
Personally I'm digging the alternate take!