Friday, May 28, 2010

Los Saicos" iDEMOLICION!" The Complete Recordings

(Munster) This set of all six 45s recorded between 1965-1966 by what must have been the grooviest Peruvians in existence is pretty revelatory. Sure, it's easy to call yourself Saicos, but to back it up with primitive garage rock, growling Halloween vocals that sound like Lord Sutch before he has his coffee, and genuine strange guitar sounds makes them the real deal, and this a real discovery. Available as a CD or a 6 single box set, this is pretty much a must have. This band may be the monks of Peru (although, for all I know Peru may be swarming with monasteries and there may be some kind of incredibly negative connotations -- pardon my ignorance). Despite recording what on the surface should be pretty standard garage tunes, the energy, weirdness and dark joy in this tunes makes Los Saicos the most original South American rock n roll band I've ever heard.

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