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- Escape From Uranus by Los Pecadores
9/10 Ian Staff review, 25 October 2013
Being relatively new to the Leeds music scene it was a great pleasure to come across these fellas, with the young bands of today swamping the market with dubstep, psych-rock or general indie rubbish. Los Pecadores bring a much needed splash of energy and general punk attitude to the live scene in Leeds, now we finally get to hear these masked men on record and what a glorious racket they make too. ‘Escape From Uranus’ is surfed up punk rock from outer space, 9 tracks of instrumental B-movie madness. Surf punk has come and gone in many different guises over the years, especially with the film 'Pulp Fiction' bringing Dick Dale to the masses and bands like Man Or Astro Man and Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet getting the occasional TV and radio airplay.
Technically this album is flawless, with no vocals in the mix the instrumentation has to be the focal point and it certainly sounds like they’ve practiced their craft with extreme precision, the guitars are tight, the drums on point and the bass rumbles like a monster truck. The punk thing never goes too over the top either, you can actually dance your ass off to it and still retain some drunken credibility. I’m taken straight back to my teens when all I lived for was skateboarding and Dead Kennedys - that’s what this album does, it makes you feel young again, full of energy but still tuneful, with their guitars set to stun and rayguns at the ready. Los Pecadores are coming for you, resistance is futile!
7/10 Rod Customer review, 14th January 2014
Sort of reminds me of King Kurt. Not so much musically but in that they must be a great drunken chaotic night out. They are just a wee bit aimless - ray guns and blasters set to wide dispersal if you see what I mean. Better focus and choice of target might not waste so many aliens but they wouldn't run out of charge.
9/10 coffin dodger Customer review, 20th November 2013
"It's a wild, wild planet!"
In gonzonian tones reminiscent of the tongue-in-cheek humour of the late Doctor H.S. Thompson this, the opening track's prequel announcement, warns of the potential severity of the ride that lies ahead. I already knew to expect loud, loud music through the clear central record label's instruction to play at 45RPM - always a most welcome, eagerly obeyed, invitation. But by track 5's opening missive, "Our plan is to fuck the earth into submission" - I believed...truly, I believed.
With reverb set to 'As a kite', with drums and bass locked together in twelve-bar boogie death-thrash rhythm heaven this young band rock their potent way through nine grand tracks. Every surf guitar trick and style is skilfully brought into play. And with each homage, be it Marvin on 'Contraband' (a personal favourite for the sheer 'twang-level' of the opening lead guitar's riff) or Dale on 'Torpedo', my memories of mono dansettes, quiffs, short sleeved shirts, slip-on shoes, Stratocaster's, great long-necked Precision basses and girls in 3/4 leather coats and back-combed bobs milling outside the youth-club come flooding back: teen-age fun, mmmm! The sheer joy of a weekend life lived in the dance-lane. Mind you there's originality too as demonstrated by the final track 'Rogue Robots' which is a thoroughly contemporary, nay uplifting, interpretation of the genre.
The recording, mastering, and pressing of this fine vinyl only add intensity to the overall quality of the package. So a massive 'thank you' to Los Pecadores for slicing up the surf/punk/boogie instrumental cake with so much care and love: what we really need next is a return to Uranus.
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