James Barron Truax
"Suns of Evil," is The El Caminos third album. Eric W. Gagnon has production/engineering credit on this one. He had the following to say,
"I spent an hour recording Sylvain's guitar for Penetration (track 2). Its all part of Rock History and this maybe the best album I've ever produced. Damon died two weeks after our session...Damon stood 2 feet in front of me ripping the Les Paul that is now mine. When I pulled the guitar out of the case a year later, it still had Damon's blood on it from our session. We didn't work the album until Nov of 1999.. he died in January of 1999.
I was offered a position in Damon's abscence to hit the bluesy guitar spot in The Caminos when we were mixing down their album. Its one for the annals and one I'll always champion as a Real Rock Scene, without me, The Caminos wouldn't have crumbled, they would've taken a while to get back into action, since they took 6 or 7 years to follow up Last Band Standing. By the way, there were no drugs around when I we did this. The El Caminos were totally solid and 100% professional."
And so it goes... I happened across the band's name in an Atlanta periodical, Creative Loafing, in 1997. It was difficult not to. They were the toast of the town, as far as rock n' roll bands are concerned. Suns of Evil plays like a time capsule of that era. Living in Los Angeles, I played, "Penetration," for a local rock DJ, and he said it sounds a lot like New York Dolls. As mentioned above, it features Sylvain Sylvain to a great extent.
We are talking about my personal favorite The El Caminos album. It plays long. It waxes and wanes, starting off serious, getting fun, getting raw, taking its listener deep into an abyss, at some point, an abyss that at some point, took guitar player, Damon Moore, brother of drummer, David Moore, away from us. At track twelve, the listener might try to fathom the strength of this band. Real Gs ramble in between a song, talking about their boys, The El Caminos. I recommend this record to rock fans young or passed that stage of life. Actually, to, 'Anyone Who Can Handle This.' 'Nuff said.