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Los Dryheavers
Words Of Surrender
Lorelei Records
www.loreleirecords.com


What's Spanish for Circle Jerks? The minute you see the dodgy pictures of denim-clad chubby dudes with side-burns hunched over the mike at The Catalyst, you should pretty much know what you're in for. But amidst the California popcore spewed from empty stomachs flows steaming chunks of Spanish-language punk. Gruff and meaty, with acceptable amounts of relationship stuff "Promises Kept" es para la chicas. Ripping guitar work on "Catastrophe" is tasteful, with a real nice use of delay and singer Hector emulating a pissed off Jack White. This starts a great run through the album's mid-section, followed closely by a highly repeatable, T.S.O.L. goth flavored "Ya Se Nos Fue." "Little Runaway" is pretty standard garage punk made impressive by Flo's meth-head drumming. Amped up anthem rock on the title track is interspersed with guitar scratching and a stellar bass line.

Standout track alert! The laser's burning a hole through "Padre Obrero" which substitutes the country roots we're used to hearing from Social Distortion knockoffs with a supersonic Ranchero beat. Initially no more notable than your standard Juanes tune, it quickly kicks into heel-kicking gear. Hector's expressive tongue trilling is surprisingly conducive to the loud fast and snotty punk ethos. When they bust into the culo shakers like "We Gotta Go" and "Tres Pecados," all bets are off and the pit is hopping. If Los Dryheavers were on a Mexican morning talk show broadcast from Miami, that creepy old cougar would be wiggling her medically enhanced hips not because she is required by Standards and Practices to boogie every time a cheap Casio sounds its call like some hoochified Pavlov's dog, but because the music moves her to bailamo euphorically.

Sexo, drogas y rock n roll!

-Ewan Wadharmi

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