Standing And Ready To Deliver : The Rise Of Los Difuntos
the years psychobilly has waxed and waned (mainly waned) with the
recent resurgence being spearheaded by bands that many
traditionalists would argue have little to do with the genre.
Regardless of their views it's a fact that fresh blood is needed on
a regular basis or any scene will atrophy to the point of virtual
non existence. For some reason unknown to me there are people that
can't accept that traditional styles of music can happily co-exist
with more groundbreaking efforts that don't prescribe to a tried and
tested template. Basically that there's enough room for everyone.
I would even argue that it's the bands that can appreciate that
music is a melting pot that needs to be dipped into that will be the
flag bearers of the future scene.
All I can say to these people is that it's time to either get with
the programme, or batten down the hatches as you can't stop
progress. Simple as that.
So that brings us to Los Difuntos. The latest band on the block that
will suffer under the traditionalists scrutiny, but a band that
could ultimately bridge the gap from the past and breath new life
into a scene that could do with being shaken up to a degree.
Wading in with a debut that screams all killer no filler they've
virtually covered all the basis. You want some punk? You got it. You
want some cinematic instrumentals? You got it. You want a
psychobilly freakout? Take a ticket and stand in line. Here's some
coming up. You want roots? It's here.
Sometimes bands can be accused of trying too hard to please
everyone. Especially on a debut. Some even go a bit nuts and throw
in everything including the kitchen sink to achieve this, but Los
Difuntos have stepped up to the plate and delivered a finely crafted
effort that neatly side steps these common pitfalls.
It's a grounded album and imbued with character. Surprisingly so for
one that's so aggressively uptempo in places.
I could rave on and on about it. It's just bloody fantastic.
That this band is currently without a record deal is unbelievable,
but I can't see that being much of a stumbling block for too long.
I can however see a bright future for this band. They're going to
make a lot of people happy when this finally hits the streets.