Davila 666 – Tan Bajo

January 01, 1970

(In the Red)

 

www.intheredrecords.com

 

This gritty, fuzz-fogged, anthemic garage punk from Puerto
Rico really needs no translation, even if the lyrics are in
Spanish. For “Obsesionao,” you can read Clash-into-Dirtbombs swagger, fuzz
guitar blasting through fists-in-the-air chorus.  “Yo Seria Otro” dips further into rock ‘n roll
history. It’s a snotty, bratty romantic kiss-off in black-leather-clad,
motorcycle-revving early 1960s style. “Los Cruces” slips an Elvis-y rockabilly
hiccup into its head-long Nuggets-vamping rush, while “Patitas,” the best of
the album’s undiluted rockers splits the difference between the Ramones and the
Buzzcocks.

 

Not that fast, fun and furious is all that Davila 666 can do. Their
“Si Me Ves” starts in glorious grind, strum and clatter, building glacially
into a damaged psychedelic anthem that would do the Jesus & Mary Chain
proud. There are some b-movie references in the sci-fi sound-effected
“Robacuna,” and goofball horror show “Noche De Terror,” with its incidental
screams, and some early rock and roll tributes (“Diablo!) that veer close to
parody. Still, the album is a good time all the way through, more than it
should be and less, quite possibly, than this band is ultimately capable of. Maybe
that’s because Davila 666 has a way of turning two and three-chord bangers into
sweet pop sing-alongs, playground taunts into Spector-aspiring anthems.  Even though none of these cuts rise quite to
classic status, you get the sense that they are one great song away from total
domination. Translated literally, Tan
Bajo
means “so low,” but the real question, going forward, is, “How high
can they go?”     

 

DOWNLOAD:  “Patitas,” “Si Me Ves,” “Obsesionao” JENNIFER KELLY

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