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Sub-Division
The Primos EP
Hard Soul Records
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After spending half an hour trying to figure out where these guys (and girl) hail from, I finally gave in. So, they might be from Mexico City, but the accent on their English almost sounds British. Billed as "Third World Street Kids" by Team Clermont, I can at least surmise that they're not from around here. As far as EPs go, this one's a little light on the scale. Three songs comprise six tracks with the last two being overly long remixes of the same song. I sincerely hope that their forthcoming LP is devoid of the remix scourge.

Anyway, if you're the sort willing to shell out the scratch for a single, "Express" and "Leave Me" will provide a most rewarding experience for those seeking an industrial-punk-wave mixture. Both songs have driving, mechanically precise beats that chug ahead with the power and purpose of a locomotive; veiled in the hazy buzz of guitars choked with ennui and dread. Vocalist Amira Baltezar has the voice of a skinned-knee-schoolgirl whose suicidal laments have the reedy waver of self-doubt. "Promise" is lacking the drive of the first two tracks, but kind of rolls along in the manner of an angst-ridden teen experience that seems perpetually stalled. The remaining remixes are longer and far less inspired than their progenitors and seem to exist only to fill enough CD space to call this an EP. However, there's at least enough on here to make me eagerly anticipate the full-length release.

-JD

Track Listing:
1. Express
2. Leave Me
3. Promise
4. Promise/ Bad Mammal Mix
5. Leave Me/ Kampion Mix
6. Leave Me/ Inchicoca Mix


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