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3 words: College Rock Frenzy,
This review is from: Alfaro Vive Carajo [7" VINYL] (Vinyl)
I decided to do a review for this Ep simply because no one else has. So here goes. Most of you should have heard of Texas' At The Drive-In or must have heard or seen their equally popular haircuts. Half of you might even own at least one of their albums. 'Relationship of Command' or 'Vaya' for instance, but when asked about their earlier, more freestyle rockin stuff, you probably would'nt have a clue. Well this is the kind of stuff ATD-I were getting upto long before their big break. Alfaro Vive Carajo (whatever that means) is a stab at college rock fame and despite the recording being a bit muffed having been recorded in one the band-members basements, they pull it off pretty well. This album may have the sound and base of any other punk rock band but it is made to differ by Cedric and Jim's unique vocal style screaming along at full volume to the aggresiveness of the guitar and the rumbling bass lines. 'Bradley Smith' (whoever he is) kicks off the EP with a guitar thrashing riff and crashing cymbals. The vocals scream along to the rhythm swirling in and out of each bar. The song is packed with so much raw energy that it seems like its going to explode along with a few amps and drums. Then the song gently dies down along with the lyrics 'we got, we got bradley' and fades into the background. 'Instigate the Role' and 'Ludvico Drive-In' also has the youthful energy of the first but are held together well by the controlled guitar work and muted vocals. 'Circuit Scene' ends the album where it started with screaming vocals and swirling guitars with a great intro.