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Hawthorne, California’s We Are Dios fully flowers as a psychedelic garage mashup that could’ve been produced by Girl Talk because almost every song seems spliced together from old sixties recordings. Except instead of rappers he’s invited The Beach Boys or Crosby, Stills and Nash to do the honors. Actually, the 60s vocalist I hear clearest on Dios tracks like ‘No Is Wrong’ is Ray Collins, The Mothers of Invention’s lead singer on recordings such as Freak Out! and Absolutely Free that reconfigured rock and roll. Frank Zappa might’ve been the first to poke fun at the hippies but it’s hard to imagine the music of the era without the input of his band.

We Are Dios sounds like the record Brian Wilson would’ve made if he had been as turned on by Frank Zappa’s Freak Out! as everyone else was turned on by his Pet Sounds.


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