Pop quiz, loyal reader. One of my favorite kinds of musical groups is:
- A. Barbershop quartet
- B. Rock n roll duo
- C. Ranchero.
If you guessed B, you are absolutely correct. So when something like Peligrosos y Ruiduosos comes along, it’s a bit like Christmas for me. This compilation features four garage rock n roll duos representing: Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, and Spain. Now, there is one little catch. Normally, I would link to the album right here. And I guess in a way I am. Only it’s not in album form. It’s in a podcast that’s all in Spanish. I don’t understand everything in the podcast, but a lack of understanding of the words has never stopped me from enjoying some music.
Available now from Veneno Records
The podcast begins with The Sucks from Colombia. This band is everything you could want from a primitive garage rock duo. The guitar is fuzzy and the drummer drives the song with a rapid but primitive beat in songs that are both uptempo and short. I didn’t catch the name of the song, but if I didn’t know any better, I would swear the second song by this band was recorded in a basement in the 60s.
After three songs from The Sucks, the focus goes to Chiquita y Chatarra from Spain. The first song from this band is a primitive gem. The second song in this set is the first one sung in English. This definitely has the lo-fi garage sound, but it also has a little soul influence. The melody of “Naked on the Beach” sounds like it could be in a movie about a super-spy. I almost expect to see someone sneaking around a building when I hear this one.
Los Chicos Problema is the next band in the podcast and immediately you experience a song that’s like a sonic punch to your stomach that’s not as firm as it used to be. Geo’s vocals in this song bring both The Trashmen and Wau y Los Arrrghs!!! to mind.
The final band on the podcast is one of my favorites: Horror Deluxe. I will never complain about hearing the songs of this Brazilian duo. And why would I complain. Rogerio plays a wonderfully fuzzy guitar and provides vocals that would be perfect for a B monster movie. Prix provides the perfect beat for the fuzzy guitar and vocals that are heavy on the reverb.
Peligrosos y Ruiduosos is available now from Veneno Records. Do yourself a favor and add this to your record collection.
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