Introducing Las Pipas de la Paz

Since forming in April of 2012, Mexican garage rock band Las Pipas de la Paz, translated as The Pipes Of Peace, has been on a steady climb acclaim wise within their home country and are beginning to attract the attention of many further afield globally. Musically the band mesh a rich mix of garage rock and punk with sixties psychedelia, the combination resulting in a psyched abrasive yet compelling sound flush with the influences of bands such as The Sonics, The Seeds, 13th Floor Elevators, The Count Five, and of course The Doors.

The quartet from Mexico City of vocalist and guitarist Rulo Pipa, bassist Jack Pipa, drummer Pilo Pipes, and Paco Pipes with his Yamaha YC-10, has lit up stages playing with bands such as Los Derrumbes (Spain),  Los Pistones (Mex),  Bird Mad Girl (E.U.A), Murphy (Chile), and Los Esquizitos (Mex)to name just a few, each event adding weight to their growing recognition across their country and continent.

With songs inspired by personal experiences the band unleashed their debut EP Pipes of Peace August of 2011 through Kromosoma Records. It was a three track gem which instantly drew interest and attention to the band. The song Your Brain easily captivated the imagination but it was with Come Now Baby Now that there was a spark like connection, the song  a sonic teasing of the ear. It is a raw and caustic song soaked in the primes essences of sixties garage rock, the Yamaha dazzling the senses throughout with its acidic squalls whilst guitar and vocals festered only enthused appeal towards their salty melodic rub. Though arguably the sound is not the most original the song easily marks the band as one with great and inventive.

The debut is completed by Psychedelic Trek, a magnetic frying of the senses through primal beats and scorching keys once more. The track puts the senses on edge through its cutting sonics whilst ensuring one is easily and eagerly drawn to its again raw honest presence. The track takes one back to the times of its influences to offer a nostalgic but refreshing experience. The song was also the source of the first video from the band, their self-produced production bringing a complete and pleasing psyched out journey to the track.

The release took the band into view of a great many more fans, its great sound well received and leading to strong anticipation for the second release which was recorded earlier this year. Consisting of six tracks the El Mero Basilón EP sees the band with an even surer sound and touch. Songs like Dance On Fire and Like A Feeling leave one even more impressed by the band and their maturing sound. The first initially riles up the passions with a simple drum stomp and bass swagger whilst the keys taunt with fiery whispers. It eventually stalls into a pause before brewing up a storm of garage punk, its energy and attitude clad tones irresistible. The song is a deeply satisfying slab of dirty rock, the band creating a brooding and inciteful clash of sound and energy. It is arguably their best song recorded to date and leaves only sure intent to keep the band and their sounds close at hand. The second of the mentioned pair is another with a punk attitude to show a stiffer and more combative breath to the second release compared to the debut. This new trait makes the band an even more formidable proposition as they develop their own distinct sound. A great discord tone soaks the guitar throughout to play against and with the swirling acid wash of the keys whilst the brawling vocals cap the aggressively pushing energy.

With their first European tour and second video as well as latest EP fresh to the world, Las Pipas de la Paz is destined to be a name all garage rock/punk fans will be sharing around and their music a sought after pleasure.

Watch out for a full review of the El Mero Basilón EP in the coming weeks from The Ringmaster Review as well as an interview with the band.

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RingMaster 03/10/2012

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Thee Vicars – Every Day/Don’t Wanna Be Free

Better late than never right? Such is the case with the excellent single from UK garage rock band Thee Vicars. Released the tail end of last year the single recently swaggered into the aural gaze of the RM Review and what a joy it is. Playful, feisty and incessant, ‘Every Day’/’Don’t Wanna Be Free’ is a glorious two track gift for the heart.

Imagine you are sitting there undecided on what to listen to. On your left shoulder is the angelic and safe indie pop of say a Gotye or Mumford & Sons and on the right the devilish and mischievous Thee Vicars encouraging and tempting. There is no contest of course and once their songs unveil their wondrous sounds to captivate and inflame, they ensure there will never be any other destination than Thee Vicars considered again.

The trio from Bury St Edmunds of Mike Whittaker (bass/vocals), Chris Langeland (guitar/vocals), and Alex De Renzi (drums), have for three years used their combined disdain /hatred of modern music to fuel a vibrant mix of R&B and a raw Sixties sound veined with essences of trashy and garage punk, or if you like essential rock ‘n’ roll. Their music is the insistent rascally fusion of the likes of 13th Floor Elevators, The Seeds, The Stones and Chuck Berry with essences of Thee Mighty Caesars, The Hives and the early sound of The Horrors. The band take these and seep them into their own distinctive irrepressible sound and ideas to simply create music that shakes you out of your stride and complacency, as their previous duo of singles and two albums has already proved.

The new single released on Dirty Water Records, as their previous releases, is a refreshing and invigorating stiffener to any day, livening up staid emotions or depleted will. It bristles and oozes energy, quality and most of all fun to enhance and spoil the senses. The band is renowned for its work ethic with masses of shows and tours honing their punchy and melodic sound into the hard hitting and scalding harmonious music evident on the single.

Every Day’ starts by teasing with short bursts of the soon to be constant temptation of an infectious riff and hook. These act as a continual beckoning finger, enticing and coaxing one into the song’s expressive and caustic explosions of sound. The bass of Whittaker throbs with a knowledge and confidence that you cannot refuse its lure aided by the uncomplicated rhythms of De Renzi, her beats completely hypnotic. Langeland’s guitar at times sizzles with contempt and enthused malice but always generating only welcoming compliance from the ear. A brilliant track that alone no matter the quality of its partner would make the single a must buy.

Of course ‘Don’t Wanna Be Free’ is more than able to back it up. With an early Kinks like vibe the song sways and dances with eagerness and fine melodic grace. It has a slight Mod feel to it in the swagger the song carries into its sixties toned melodies and urgency. There is at times a fuzzy chaotic feel to the drive of the song which is impressive and gives off an unbridled energy that can only enthuse.

By the end one feels like the vocals on the single, excited, slightly strained and thoroughly contented. The single is near perfect and encapsulates what rock ‘n’ roll and punk is all about. Is it too late to make it my single of 2011?

RingMaster 08/02/2012

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