Restavrant is what happens when you grow up in Texas and then put yourself in the blender of L.A. for a few years. It's also like the duo reached into a hat and stuck with the first four genres they picked. The band mixes murky, inconsistent blues with electronic beats and loops. It's like stepping into a cowboy-themed discotheque.
Cheetahs, Restavrant's second album, offers more roots than electricity. It falters in the realm of clarity and structure. I like "Bev D," though. It shows off their slower side and works well with some old blues tricks. Tracks like "Six Years" feature Troy Murrah's tinny growl and J State's trashy trapset, resulting in mostly chaos. Murrah sounds more like a sped-up recording of Bukowski reading "40 Cigarettes." By the end of the album, they're just hitting you over the head with noiseall speed and intensity with very little content. But Cheetahs can grow on you, if you're not hungover.
This week in Missoula, the duo will be surrounded by an arsenal of instruments: a guitar, a banjo, a harmonica, keyboards and all sorts of percussion. That's why you go: for that element of surprise.
Restavrant plays Zoo City Apparel Tue., July 3, at 8 PM. $5.