Burger After Church

The Waybacks are a West Coast acoustic quintent that blends ample humor and freewheelin' spirit with fine musical chops and keen melodic instincts on this primarily instrumental project.

The Waybacks are a West Coast acoustic quintent that blends ample humor and freewheelin' spirit with fine musical chops and keen melodic instincts on this primarily instrumental project. Spritely mandolins and ominous baselines kick things off on the shuffling acoustic instrumental "Turkish Stalemate," then "Down From Iona," powered by lightning-fingered guitar work, comes off like a cross between Pure Prairie League and Flatt & Scruggs. "Brundlefly" and the trippy "Temporary Cheese" are more atmospheric, jazzy works, while the fiddle-laced "Bright Place" and bluesy "Police Dog Blues" are more light-hearted, rural honk in style. Elsewhere, an effective take on Floyd Cramer's "Last Date" comes off like backwoods lounge, and more steady bass and deft mandolin give "Gulshion Island" a big, anthemic feel. These guys can play like bandits. Contact 415-820-7328.—RW