Today’s afternoon fixture is a big, intense Central and South American party and we have some music to go with it.
For Brazil, meet Cofo de Parafernalha who have done something I never imagined hearing and combined cumbia vocals, crunchy new wave of heavy metal guitars and samba drums. It is WILD. I want to go to one of their gigs because I don’t know if we’d mosh or dance or what.
For Mexico, enjoy the sundrenched yet slightly melancholic psych of Acid Waves. Inferno Club sounds like it could be a lost song from that early noughties rock/dance wave that brought us The Rapture. Riffy and ace, never stops moving.
As we enter the last day of the first round of group matches, I realise that we’ve not been nearly noisy or anarchic enough.
So for Colombia I present to you Bestiärio who channel punk energy through accordions, shouting, and clattering percussion. Yes, this song is about severely disrespecting police officers who murder and frame civilians.
For Japan we bring the joyful noise of Electric Eel Shock. I adore their cover of Minnie Riperton’s Loving You, but here’s their latest single ‘So Much 80s’
Seeing as we’re All Aboard for a trip to Portugal in 2018, I thought I’d start paying attention to some weird Portuguese music for you. 800 Gondomar are from Rio Tinto and they describe themselves as ‘The toughest and most heartfelt power trio to come out of Portugal,’ which is fair enough. Their first album Linhas de Baixo is full of the kind of chuggy, atmospheric noise that goes with smoky rooms and boys who stare at you through lank fringes, but I’ve shared with you their most recent song Sou Cidadão, which has a bit of a groove and you can dance to it. Also, if you’re in Germany, France or the Netherlands you might be able to catch them live with Sunflowers (who’ve also been featured on here).
800 Gondomar are on Bandcamp
800 Gondomar are on Facebook
From Glasgow we have the gorgeous wordplay, infectious danceability and general fun of Anna Secret Poet. You could say that Tits of Steel is an ode to the power of femininity and the femininity of power.
Have you ever suspected that your actions are being viewed? By nocturnal birds of the Strigiformes genus? Finnish three-piece rock group Kometa know that feeling. Our Finland week continues in a fine, thrashy style.
Kometa are on Soundcloud
There’s something very Sunday afternoon about the Mayberian Sanskülotts sound. It’s quite 90s, a little bit shoegazey, a little bit Cocteau twinsy, but with the melancholic, melodic pop edge that might mislead you into thinking you’re listening to something out of a Swedish producer’s Melfest folder.
I’ve picked Nightbus because it builds from a cracking drum beat, via jangly guitars and a synth that sounds like the tripods from Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds to a soaring chorus. You should also definitely check out the harmonies on their song Torture.
Mayberian Sanskülotts are on Bandcamp
Mayberian Sanskülotts are on Facebook
A bit of rock and roll with a louche sort of menace. Portuguese duo The Sunflowers find themselves experiencing a spot of bother from the undead in their song Zombie. It’s good fun for fans of The Cramps, 80’s Matchbox and campy gory horror movies.
I’m considering buying the album, which comes on red marble vinyl. Mmmm tasty.
The Sunflowers are on Bandcamp
The Sunflowers are on Facebook
This one managed to escape my notice when it came out in 2015 – but it remains ever relevant to my interests. KNASH are a wonderfully energetic Swedish band of feminist rockers – like all the best bands they look like a gang, but it’s a friendly, inclusive gang that can tell you all about your reproductive rights and would cheerfully mess up some dude if he was treating you badly.
They have a couple of new songs out – Let A Sister is about female freedom and Our Time is a razor sharp, dead pan response to a street harasser (‘there should be a curfew for men, they shouldn’t be out after 1am’)
Mrs Alex Vause, embedded above, is a very fun homage to everyone’s favourite raven-haired temptress in Orange Is The New Black. It’s full of cute references and in-jokes, as well as having a great chorus that goes “Be my lover, be my wife!”
KNASH are great. If I were putting a gig on, I would book them.
KNASH are on Soundcloud
KNASH are on Facebook
The Dubioza Kolectiv are a big, happy Bosnian anti-establishment ska/rock band. They rock out royally on many topics, such as music piracy [NSFW], Balkan matters, money, and the USA.
They also did a very nice bit of pointed Eurovision satire in 2011’s Eurosong – asking ‘Why are we only European at the Eurosong?’ – which for me is actually a better and more fun Eurovision song than anything B&H have sent since Pokušaj.
Dubioza have a website
You’re getting an daytime post today because I’m off to a wedding shortly. Love Milly x
Pips, Chips and Videoclips, other than having a long name to keep typing hail from Zagreb in Croatia and have been releasing music since the early 1990’s.
This raw sounding rock track is accompanied with a really beautiful looking video. It sounds as though it’s from firmly within the mid/late 90’s which was a peak time for angry sounding rock – however to my surprise this song is from their 2013 album, Walt.
The band are associated with one of their early hits Dinamo ja Volim which got picked up by football fans from Dinamo Zagrebs supporters club.