The last time this venerable southwestern bar band hit the Top Hat it was greeted by, among others, two busloads of raucous fans from Butte. The show included bottles of tequila being passed from bartender to Buttians to band (and back again), two sombreros, singalongs about Mexico, Federales and heavy drinkin', many guitar solos, and, despite an otherwise thin Tuesday night crowd, two encores—because no one in their right mind denies drunken Butte fans what they want.
Needless to say, this is a band best heard live, preferably with drink in hand. So the best way to judge Unida Cantina's 13 tracks isn't by how each sounds through headphones (always a little too slick), but how you imagine they'll be received through the crackle of a stack of Marshalls and the fog of your third shot of Cazadores. "Dinero" harkens back to the band's days as The Refreshments (best known for its 1996 hit "Bandidos" and the "King of the Hill" theme song). "All Over the Radio" will reignite comparisons to the Old 97's. "Marie" features a mariachi beat and highlights new guitarist Jim Dalton. All are worthy setlist additions, and should be more than enough to entice those Butte kids to book another bus.
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers play the Top Hat Tuesday, May 24, at 9 PM. $12/$10 advance plus fees at Ear Candy Music or seafarerentertainment.com