Messer Chups are not just any surf-garage-trash-roots-horror rock trio from Russia. On the Saint Petersburg band’s latest album, The Adventures of Zombierella and Guitaracula, there are all the requisite retro-surf elements — reverb-drenched guitar shivers, side-winding bass lines, and fast drum rolls revving up and spinning around like motorcycles in the Globe of Death. Leader Guitaracula and bassist Zombierella instill a campy mood of B-movie horror on such mostly instrumental tracks as “Chupacabra vs. Batman,” “Insomnia of the Mummies” and “Dracula Hates Photoshoots.” Guitaracula tears it up rockabilly style on “Cheap Holidays on the Moon,” but Messer Chups are also affecting when they occasionally slow things down, such as the dreamy surf idyll “Surf de L’amour.” They’re even more enchanting on the unexpectedly poignant and languidly noir-ish sections of their recent “Twin Peaks Twist” single. Also at Alex’s Bar, Saturday, October 26.

Moroccan Lounge, 901 E. First St., downtown L.A.; Fri., Oct. 25, 9:30 p.m.; $20; ages 21 & over. (213) 395-0610,

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