Take your blues, burn it with a load of droney noise, and then douse it with a twinge of surf rock. That’s how you get Kill West, these Argentinians sounding like Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club on an ayahuasca trip. Their first self-titled EP is limited to 250 pressings (only 200 for the outside world!) so we suggest it’s time to forget the whole Falkland island thing and befriend these South American rockers.
Limited red + black split-colour vinyl 12" EP on Drone Rock Records.
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Kill West make the sound I imagine I would be hearing if I was cooler, went to clubs, did too much [miscellaneous drug], and ended up in a distorted wonderland, clutching at the walls, trying to make my way out into the crisp night air. It’s not club music just dizzy music. This collective of Argentinian garage rockers aren’t precise or succinct, but loose and lethargic, playing call and response without the response. Their chords drone outward but never really disappear, lingering in the mind as a distant but persistent memory. That’s what this EP does to the psyche: it sticks with it. It’s like a garage rock staring contest.
There’s not much distinguishing between the five songs that make up Kill West’s EP. Their caterwaul of chords, psychedelically pedalled-to-the-metal riffs and skeletal drums exist in one constant movement, the sounds they make foggily dying and then regenerating in the next song. It makes for one long disorientating trip, and it’s only in choice moments -- like when frontman Franco Beceiro wakes up from his dozing to hum his way out of “Lazy Eye” -- we’re reminded that anyone’s behind this.
Final track “Signs” seems to snap out of the hazy cage Kill West have created for themselves, taking repetition as its mission statement and stretching out into a motorik rhythm, the kind that sounds like a car moving at a steady, dreadful pace. There’s no climax to speak of -- just a long, unwavering race to the end. For lovers of bands who use psych rock to make their own scary microcosms, this EP is for you.
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