TRABANTS were never ones to play by the rules. A year ago, the surf-rock collective led by former Ketman maestro Eric Penna released its debut record in the middle of January, eliciting bitter yearnings of distant-memory frolics down on the Cape. Now, Trabants spit in the face of Old Man Winter once again before Penna heads west to Los Angeles, where we hear the surf is a tad healthier than what’s found at Revere Beach. An Evening with... Trabants was birthed through sessions at New Alliance Studio with some of the fellows in Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion, a sort of homecoming gig that capped off a fall tour and a 20-hour drive back to Boston from Nashville. Its sultry lead track, “The Matador,” is an instrumental steam-house séance that Penna hopes will “straight-up transplant you into Madrid circa 1966.” Cambridge is a lot closer, however, and the Plough & Stars hosts the release party tonight (Thursday) before Trabants slide over to Charlie’s Kitchen February 6. "The Matador" awaits below.
DOWNLOAD: Trabants "The Matador" [mp3]