It was a little like Christmas when I visited Bandcamp and saw that Wau y Los Arrrghs!!! has a new album available. When it comes to trashy rock n roll, this band is the bee’s knees, baby! It has the great qualities of garage rock: volume, energy, and just the right amount of madness. Now, is it as crazy as Cantan en Espanol – the album that is pretty much the gold standard for raw and crazy garage rock? It’s hard to say from what I heard. “Fruta Podrida” and “Tres Cabezas” seem crazy enough that they could easily fit on Cantan en Espanol.
Regardless of how you compare it to the band’s other albums, Wau y Los Arrrghs!!! deliver just what you’d expect: fuzzed-out guitars, organ, and vocals punctuated by a lot of primal shouts. If you’re already a fan of this band, you won’t be disappointed. If this is your first time checking out this wonderfully trashy band from Valencia, Spain…you’re welcome.
A fuzzy garage rock duo from Mexico City
My introduction to Los Chicos Problema came in an email that described the band as a garage rock duo from Mexico City. That grabbed my attention, particularly with my inclination toward garage rock duos. The message didn’t include much more information except the lineup of Ana (drums, vocals) and Geo (fuzz bass, vocals). A duo with only bass and drums? I’m in. I don’t know how long this band has been reading our posts at Incognito HQ, but that intro is called knowing your audience.
Now, here’s the thing. The band has four songs available on Bandcamp. While four songs isn’t a great sample size, but for Los Chicos Problema, it’s sufficient. With the growl in the vocals and all the fuzz in the bass, this band feels like a combination of Wau y Los Arrrghs!!! and a lot of the Latin garage rock of the 60s. A few years back, I regularly attended an event called Lucha VaVoom where the DJ would play a lot of that Latin garage from the 60s. I could easily see this band being added to the mix at that event. If you like garage rock with a lot of fuzz, Los Chicos Problema is a band you need to know.
As I mentioned in the previous post today, there are a lot of good trashy bands that sing in Spanish. I don’t know if this is the first one, but it seems safe to say that the Spanish-speaking trashy bands definitely draw from Los Saicos, a Peruvian band that goes back to the mid-60s. This is the band that originally recorded “Demolicion,” made even louder and trashier by Wau y Los Arrrghs!!!
Trashy goodness from Spain
There is just something about trashy music in Spanish, don’t you think? I mean, there are some really cool bands out there that produce some ultra-trashy music en Espanol. Lulu y Los Canibales is one of those bands. First of all, it’s just a great name for a band. Second, this band gives you just what you want from a trashy band: primitive drums, raw guitars, organ, vocals that are growled as much as sung, and some great rock and roll screams. Just listen to “Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!” (Click the picture to listen to the EP on Bandcamp.) The vocals in this song sound like another trashy Spanish garage band: Wau y Los Arrrghs!!! Oh, and when you listen to “Mad Max,” just try to keep your head still. I bet you can’t do it.
What else can I say, loyal reader? When you come here on a Trashy Tuesday, you know what to expect and Lulu y Los Canibales delivers in spades.
I’ve spent a lot of time on the topic of garage rock this week because a lot of garage rock grabs my attention. When it comes to grabbing attention, it’s hard to think of a song that does it better than “Demolicion” by Wau y Los Arrrghs!!! from Valencia, Spain. This song is everything you want in a garage rock song. It’s wild, raw, loud, and crazy. It is two and a half minutes of sheer rock and roll madness. And my three-year-old son loves the song too. So take notes all you bands that stand on stage and stare at your shoes while you play. This is what can happen if you put some manic energy and (dare I say?) balls into a song.