Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Mid-Morning Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Obsesionao” by Davila 666 from the 2011 album Tan Bajo on In The Red Records.
Davila 666 is Puerto Rico’s answer to garage rock, and a mighty fine one from anywhere we might add. It’s always interesting to see how different cultures and parts of the world interpret familiar music and put their own spin on things. Listening to Davila 666’s second album, Tan Bajo (translated to “so low”), is both an exercise in familiarity and discovery. Like a band you’ve heard before, only in a different language. Yet the language barrier of the vocals (the band performs its songs in Spanish) won’t distract you from the fact that this is a pretty damn cool lo-fi sound from somewhere you’d least expect it. The record does literally sound like it was recorded in a garage; however, in this case it sounds more like it was done for function, not design. This is garage rock in it’s purest sense. Fans of the Ramones, Dead Boys, and Black Lips take serious notice.
The band is currently on tour and is scheduled to play several performances this month in Austin at SXSW. They are also scheduled to play here in Seattle on March 30th at The Funhouse. In the meantime, enjoy additional songs and videos from their Facebook and Myspace pages.
Not for the arachnophobic, here’s their video for “Patitas”: