Here it's "remastered" (??) and housed in a lurid fluorescent orange jewel box (the CD itself seems to have been spray-painted in the same orange and won't play on half the machines I've tried it on, which is presumably deliberate). The duff sound quality and uncompromisingly bleak feel of these pieces strikes a chord with anyone brought up on No Wave and New Wave; "Viento que sopla pajaros" sounds like early Glenn Branca on downers, and "Eco-tom" and "Colosos del Aroma" wouldn't be out of place on a Swans bootleg. The "Barbatrulos" album, recorded in 1997 and 1998, sounds remarkably similar: not since Danny and the Dressmakers' "Don't Make Another Bass Guitar Mr. Rickenbacker" has lousy drumming sounded so good. (There are no track titles, we're told, because "they" (the band, or the titles?) "went to buy osobuco [sic] to feed our chihuahua dog."..) "Minecxio", most of which dates from last year, throws together answering machine messages, TV channel signature tunes and Tomasin's banshee wailing (recorded in a steel mill from the sound of it) over a backdrop of wailing guitars and effects-loaded drumming. It's curiously compelling stuff, this strange mixture of early Red Crayola, Birthday Party and Jesus and Mary Chain (at 16rpm), and I'm half-tempted to learn Spanish just to be able to figure out what Tomasin is on about (though I'm not sure it would help much). Scrolling down the pages of the Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers website in search of information about their recent Reynols release ("- - - -"), I realize there must be hundreds, maybe thousands, of people hidden away in garages all over the world making this kind of noise, or something like it. Whether Reynols' undoubted knack for self-publicity makes their musical output more worthy of attention is debatable, but in today's Britney shitney world it's rather comforting to know these guys are out there.
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