Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Campo Formio - EP (2009)


Puertorrican band week, Episode 2 (Electric Boogaloo)

Campo Formio's first musical contribution is a self-released 7 track EP recorded, three months after the band was formed, live from 6:00pm-11:00pm on November 28, 2008 at Monopolio Records recording studio. It was released on June 13, 2009.

What you've got here is pure, unadulterated, raw energy. Campo Formio rip through these 7 songs like nobody's business. Creating a torrent of a bunch of different styles, feels and tempo changes, and it never feels forced, or unnecessary.
Their style draws a little from all sides, you got some clear influences here that range from Garage Rock, to Psychedelia, to Surf, to some Indie Rock... You name it.
This is, in my opinion, one of the best things to come out of the island in a while.

I also hear some Dino Jr. and Sonic Youth influences somewhere around there, so it makes me happy in the pants.

Give them a taste why don't you?

check em at: http://www.myspace.com/campoformio

And download the EP here:


Monday, April 12, 2010

Juventud Crasa - Amor en el Zafacón (2009)

[Punk Rock]

My first post of the promised "local band week" And what a post it is...

I'm starting off with one of my favorite local bands, Juventud Crasa.

With notches under their belts, and an impressive tour record (especially for a Puertorrican DIY punk band) These guys bring the energy, especially on "Amor en el Zafacon", a 6 song EP from the puertorrican Punk rock extraordinaire. From the start, it's a relentless assault on the senses, filling you up with excitement, and pumping you up to the point where you can't help but sing (or scream) along. The guitar riffage is excelent, as are the basslines. The drumming is excellent as well (really standing out on tracks like "Borracho en el Cairo") and the vocals, being a guy+girl combo really set these guys apart from everyone else.

It's melodic, agressive, and catchy as hell (Especially on my personal favorite, the classic "No Funciona")
Simply put, Juventud Crasa don't really sound like anyone but Juventud Crasa.

Check 'em out at http://www.myspace.com/juventudcrasa

Straightforward, good ol' Punk rock for your life.


Friday, April 9, 2010

Polysics - Karate House! (2007-2008)

It's like devo... On Cocaine! =D

Karate House is the seventh release by Japanese Newwaveelectropunk-revivalists Polysics. (Yes, I totally made that up) Released in Japan in 2007, and to the US and rest of the world on 2008.

This album is full of some of the most exciting, energizing and electrifying music ever, A perfect mix of the usual J-Rock flavor (Ok, maybe unusual), with some Devo and punk-ness thrown in. Mix of hard guitars, smooth basslines, lighting fast drums and some catchy-as-hell synth work.

These guys wear their influences on their sleeve too, as perfectly exampled by the song POLYSICS OR DIE! which has a very similar structure to Jocko Homo, by Devo. (Who are their biggest influence and favorite artist)

To give you guys a little taste:

Electric Surfin' Go Go!

You should definitely check this out if you're a fan of new wave, hyper-music, punk rock, or JRock in general. Though some are sometimes put off by the language barrier, I urge you to give this album a try. You'll bounce up and down the walls. I swears