Formed twenty years ago as an original instrumental rock and roll band inspired by The Ventures and The Shadows, this is year of The Falcons. They are releasing three CDs this year. Atomic Guitar, which is their first new album in seven years, a thirteen-track retrospective EP collection, and Rebel Jukebox: 10th Anniversary Edition (completely remixed and remastered in analogue). Atomic Guitar was recorded live off the floor in analogue at the Russian Community Centre on 4th Avenue in Vancouver. Those of us old enough to remember will know this as the location of the first incarnation of the Afterthought, one of the original psychedelic clubs on the west coast. There are thirteen tracks on the CD, twelve originals and a cover of Sleep Walk, a hit for Santo & Johnny in 1959 and also covered by Jeff Beck. Although rooted in earlier styles and recording techniques The Falcons are not a nostalgia act. Their sound is modern, wide-ranging and innovative. In their own words they play Canadian surf, western romance, barbed wire and space crash. In the liner notes Jolly John Tanner says they catapult “you into a perfect Tarantino soundtrack.” Their website contains a useful history of the three great waves of instrumental rock and roll music that everyone should read. Instros for the atomic age indeed.