Some of their collective influences are Hugo Largo, Roy Orbison, John Fahey, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Patti Smith, the Cocteau Twins, Guided by Voices, the Police, Love, Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground, and an array of Cuban music. “Oh Wow,” the 10-song, debut album by Guillermo Sexo, is out now, and the Sexos want you to listen. The band describes their sound as Panamanian sex rock, but it’s a bit more complicated than that. Take the rawness of Barnett's Siouxsie Sioux-inspired vocals, combine it with Bettsak’s psychedelic, noisy guitar riffs and the mad beats of a Police-obsessed drummer (Mark Fede), and add the loud, solid bass sounds brought by Sean Sprecher, and you have a close approximation of the Sexo sound.
The album mixes French, Spanish, and English lyrics with both bright melodies and dark lyrics, creating a world that’s hectic, eerie, and deliberate. GUILLERMO SEXO Vivid Nights 10-song CD Slicing straight down the middle of a Shins/-Strokes sandwich, the sexy Guillermo Sexo easily satisfied my urge for slick-indie-garage-pop soda—to wash down my Shins/Strokes sandwich. Not to pigeon hole these fine lads, commitment to artistic freedom: Vivid Nights took me on a magic carpet ride to galactic ecstasy. From the chaotic alterna-Brit sounds of the opening track “Solo Aches” to the ’70s, flower-power styling of “Crossbow,” I’m simply delighted.
As I run to my closet to fetch my smoking jacket, geek glasses, and a martini, I can’t help but be impressed by Mr. Sexo’s skilled drum work and their fearless swerve into tripped-out fantasy excellence. Short but sweet is track 10, “Apparitions.” And sure enough, “Its” sounds like it has been written by monks on PCP. I feel like I’m on drugs myself now and I’m pretty sure I haven’t taken anything since lunch time.
Hell, at my next rage/orgy, I’m putting Vivid Nights in the CD player, dropping acid, and shagging every girl in the room baby! (Lance Woodward) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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