Saturday, 24 June 2017

ALBUM REVIEW: USA/MEXICO - "Laredo"

By: Charlie Butler


Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 02/06/2017
Label: Riot Season



This is the kind of garage rock where the car is still parked inside with the engine running, warping the bands minds with fumes.   Laredo” is an awesome offering from USA/MEXICO, a perfect blend of dumb headbanging heaviness and tripped-out weirdness.



Laredo” DD//LP track listing:

1). Possum Trot
2). Laredo
3). Yard Of The Month
4). Windsor Park Hardcore
5). Dumber Rock Riff
6). L.A.
7). Bullets For Pussy

The Review:

Sometimes it’s a beautiful thing when a record is exactly the sum of its parts. USA/MEXICO’s debut LP “Laredo” delivers precisely the kind of glorious sonic muck one would expect from a trio featuring members of Todd, Shit and Shine and Butthole Surfers.

Possum Trot” sets the tone for a queasy ride into a nightmarish noise rock world, with the emphasis firmly on the noise. Punishing knuckle-dragging riffs pummel the listener into submission while unhinged robotic vocals and shrieking feedback heighten the air of unease. Imagine Part Chimp jamming with the robots from the Smash adverts and you have a good idea of the addictive insanity on offer here. The band hone this approach to perfection on “Yard Of The Month” and “Dumber Rock Riff” while the title track and “Bullets For Pussy” see the Shit and Shine influence come to the fore yielding maximum impact from relentless repetition.

USA/MEXICO deliver their own distinct brand of grindcore on the brief chaotic terror of Windsor Park Hardcore” while “L.A” offers a vague nod to more melodic territory. Thankfully it’s only a minor concession though in the form of some lead guitar that lends the track a dirty Stooges feel. This is the kind of garage rock where the car is still parked inside with the engine running, warping the bands minds with fumes.

Laredo is an awesome offering from USA/MEXICO, a perfect blend of dumb headbanging heaviness and tripped-out weirdness.


Laredo is available here






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