check out this Chilean Fuzz compilation and notice the fifth track. It's the song that opens this EP, a two minute twenty second plunge into a volcano of fuzz with a snarling attitude and swagger that comes across no matter what language you speak. Listening to this EP is like watching a guy being lured into a back alley by a girl and instead of being ambushed by her male counterparts, she does him in herself while the guys all watch and laugh and provide musical accompaniment. Disturbing? Perhaps, but oh so entertaining.
Frontwoman Barbara González runs amok carving out a strong identity that leaves a bitter taste and makes a lasting impression. Not bad for twenty minutes' work. The lyrics are all sung in Spanish but it doesn't take much more than a cursory understanding of the language to get the message. Her lyrical themes and general attitude often involve humiliating men (see album cover) and breaking hearts, see "Masticaré Tu Corazon" ("Chew Your Heart") for evidence of this.
Her forceful persona shines through immediately on opening track "Tu No Sabes Quién Soy" and doesn't let up. Her confident style is the perfect accompaniment to the band's short compositions, keeping things moving at a fast pace. The band behind her pour with sweat, fuzz and heaviness, even they have a hard time keeping up with this hellcat. A punk aesthetic mixes well with the fuzz bass to create some surf rock like moments, such as in "Pobres Almas En Desgracia" ("Poor Unfortunate Souls"). The fuzz bass gives this band the taste and consistency of molasses: sweet and thick. Molasses can be as fast paced as this band too, given the right amounts poured over a man's head tied to a chair.
The song that closes the album is perhaps the most daring and different composition of the entire affair. "Mala Hierba" showcases a different style of more sultry vocals from Barbara and is delivered at a slower pace. Being stylistically different from everything else on the disc, it's a good album closing number and leaves the possibility open for a sequel on the next release, but whenever that next release comes I'm sure that The Broken Rock will not forego their stock in trade which is fast-paced in your face fuzz rock played at high volume.
This EP is available for free download on bandcamp, just click the "download" button on the player below.
Highlights include: "Tu No Sabes Quién Soy" and "Masticaré Tu Corazon"
Total Run Time: 20:14
Bárbara González - Vocals
Christian Spencer - Guitar
Cesar Garcés - Bass
Cristóbal Pacheco - Drums
From: Santiago, Chile
Genre: Stoner, Rock, Punk
Reminds me of: Bottlecap, Spiders
Release Date: February 13, 2012
Suggested listening activity for fellow non-stoners: Being kidnapped at gunpoint by a gang of criminals and taken on a drug and booze fueled joyride in a stolen cop car. Crazy!
Check them out on the Chilean Fuzz comp.