Album Premiere: Cutlass Supreme – ‘Bansuelo’

Cutlass Supreme’s newest release, Bansuelo, is dedicated to their fallen bass player who succumbed to cancer weeks after recording. He died Memorial Day 2020, and in a sad twist, his sister Jenny died a few weeks later after only a month or so after being diagnosed with liver cancer.

Based in Oakland, LA and Santa Cruz and formed in the late ’90s, Cutlass Supreme are veterans of the Bay-Area club scene. Cutlass Supreme are Joe Bansuelo (bass), Pete Johnson (guitar/vocals), John Mockus (drums), Sasha Loobkoff (guitar).

Joe played in many bands over the years, perhaps most noteably  7 Seconds in the mid ’80s.

We got together last September to play four local shows (Stork Club, Fireside (Alameda), Golden Bull and Poet and Patriot (Santa Cruz))  and, later,  record after Joe was diagnosed for a second time. By then, the cancer was terminal, and we were all aware of that. Joe told us he wanted to keep playing “… ’til the wheels fall off …” and he did.

Cutlass Supreme do plan on playing again with a new bass player after taking some time to mourn and reflect. They have a catalog of new songs.

Also, check out the video for “Key of H”:

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