Puerto Rican garage-punks Dávila 666 are finally back after a 7-year hiatus. The sextet (comprised of Sir Charles, Panda, AJ, Johnny, Gigi and The Latin Snake) played their first live show in January at La Respuesta in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “It was just time to bring the beast back,” vocalist and guitarist Johnny Otis Davila tells Remezcla. And with a recently announced U.S. tour, and an upcoming release on In The Red Records, titled Que Viva El Veneno, Dávila 666 sounds and feel as if no time has passed since their unofficial disbandment.
“Feels like we picked up where we left off,” said Sir Charles. The hiatus allowed for the development of other projects, including Füete Billēte, AJ Davila, and Terror Amor, to name a few. And while little is known about the separation, the gang has continued their involvement and development as musicians. “We all have creative energy and egos. I think it’s good to branch out and explore other artistic outlets. Me personally, I have grown as a writer since Davila went on hiatus,” explained Otis. For Sir Charles, “Staying active with music and other projects just kept us in the know and in the street, which is good when you make underground music.”
The band’s desire to keep playing together was always part of the conversation. If you’ve never heard of Dávila 666, this is a great time to immerse yourself in their unbridled rock ‘n’ roll decadence. What makes the Puerto Rican band so accessible is the mix of hooky riffs, pop-garage bits, and overall nonchalant attitude.
And the band feels ecstatic about their first live show since coming back. “It felt amazing, in my opinion it was one of the best shows we have done in our career!” exclaims Davila. “I missed playing music with my friends a lot and that great energy that we had on the stage together,” he adds.
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Before signing with Captured Tracks, Portland-based Reptaliens weren’t purposely trying to make a band. Their 2017 debut LP, FM-2030, allowed wife and husband duo, Bambi and Cole Browning, to tour with STRFKR, Cults, and of Montreal. After, the group immerse themselves in the studio and ended up creating the sun-dappled compositions that are part of VALIS. Reptaliens has a sound of their own — a chill wave, still complex jazzy lo-fi, easy going concoction of textures and sounds that are unpretentious. Nonetheless the simplicity and spectacle that are the lyrics remains as the unifying factor of how the songs travel together. The lyrics in VALIS are unusually spitted with a minimalist airiness to them that’s inviting, and soothing. You can still sing along, you can still dance to them, all without losing perspective of the intimate atmosphere you are now trapped in, just because each one it’s attached to the next in vibe, context and its formulaic nonchalant presentation. Because of this, the sophomore attempt of the group is easy to get hooked on with.
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What makes a new band standout in the earlier stages of their existence lays in the uniqueness in sound and the honest approach in which its members manifest and contribute to it. In many occasions, when you, finally, decide to start a band the first thing that comes to mind to see if you can excite anyone into joining could be sending them your wonky demos over e-mail or you can airdrop them (the modern times here’s my mixtape), inviting them to jam or just convincing them on a drunkenly fueled night out that your musical abilities are heavenly sent and making music together is the only way to live. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Meeting the right minds and sharing with others your own view in music can become a challenge, a jam could go awfully wrong and create awkward environment where half smiles of ‘this is not what I want to be playing, but I don’t know how to say this’ come thru teeth’s from possible members that after a session aren’t really a perfect match. There’s nothing to do to really step away from that, anything can happen, and the key is to be fine with this and continue searching and writing no matter what. Fortunately for Fever Beam, formed in St. Petersburg, Florida, making music together is not only a creative release, they are extremely passionate about the project and happy they’ve encountered each other and clicked in the right way. Kasey Maloney, Samantha Loder, and Dane Giordano are re-imagining rock and roll music together by experimenting with an agglomeration of styles that’s been candidly named as “cowpunk rock and roll”. Their first single “Young Guns” encompasses the trio’s playful and catchy vision with Kasey’s vocals gliding with determination for what it feels is a Tarantino movie scene.
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Pat Place, Cynthia Sley and Dee Pop are still making the rounds. Yesterday New York City’s no wave outfit Bush Tetras released their new EP Take The Fall, their first release in 10 years, on Wharf Cat Records.
The band has been sporadically releasing music since becoming the face of post punk since the 1970’s and is now back with a roaring 5-track EP—energetic and fueled by the band’s trailblazing noise.
With Val Opielski as the newest addition to the group on bass, the Tetras are set to support the release of Take The Fall with various live shows across the country. Their first stop is tonight at Le Poisson Rouge on with support from PILL and Palberta.
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You could say Death Valley Girls abstain from creating new musical tendencies on purpose— yet they still create the most mythical and least expected sound of any current band. Their third album Darkness Rains mingles between classic rock and roll tropes and introspective imagery of chorus laden dynamics and invigorating proto-punk build ups. The propulsive chants and menacing guitar riffs perpetuate sonics from early 70’s death-rock, ghoulish blues, punk rock, 80’s glam—creating an over-the-top magnificent cosmic movement.
Their hyper charged voices fringes respectably among audiences because they’re soldiered to manifest their love for rock and roll. The bands affinity and embrace to the obscure, as well, makes them unique among other current musicians. With ragers like “(One Less Thing) Before I Die,” “Disaster (Is What We’re After),” and hypnotic tracks like “Born Again and Again,” “TV in Jail on Mars,” and “Abre Camino,” Death Valley Girls are consistent and rowdy. Shit, even Iggy Pop is a fan! Enough to collaborate and be ‘el actor principal’ for the band’s “Disaster (Is What We’re After)” music video.
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