EP Review: Los Salvadores – Wasps, Birds & Clients
Well, it’s not often that we make such an announcement here at Pure Rawk, but here goes… Los Salvadores have gone acoustic.
From a madcap experimental folk-punk racket, this EP showcases the Kent bands new ‘unplugged’ sound. You might think that this is just them giving up on the punk and metal elements and regressing into simply ‘folk’, but its far more complex than that.
Gone are the angry electric guitars, lurching manic keyboard and organ sounds and drums rearranged to background rhythm. In their place, we have protest song acoustic guitar, mandolin brought to the fore and the addition of violin. But don’t panic, the raw edge is still there, the drive and passion has gone nowhere, it’s just expressed differently. And despite being a completely new sound, there’s a perverse groove to these tracks that is definitively Los Salvadores.
On this six track EP, we have two new tracks and four re-recorded ones that have undergone a complete re-imagining from their electric predecessors. It’s quite bizarre hearing the same songs, by the same band, but so very different. No Heroes for instance remains an energetic rabble-rousing anthem, but now acoustic punk with the vocals more central, and thus far more thought provoking than an angry electric punk song. It’s obvious that there’s a lot of scope for development here, possibly more than they could ever have had before.
It is unavoidable though to say that some people are going to find such a drastic change unpalatable. But then, you could equally have said that about Los Salvadores in their previous incarnation. Either way, they remain eclectic, genuine and original, and it’s up to you to see what you think.
- Empty Boxes
- No Heroes
- Ignore The Sketcher
- Still Superstition
- Drinking Song