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Hailing from the small town of Ubeda, Spain, Guadalupe Plata brings an unromantic sound that seems influenced both by the forefathers of Delta blues and voodoo witch cults. Bassist Paco Luis Martos created his handsome bass from a zinc washtub, wooden stick and a chainsaw pull- string which thumps his way around the swampy, guitar-driven vocal pleads of Pedro de Dios Barcelos. Carlos Jimena’s kick drum marches you through sweaty, rockin’ tracks like Lorena, Boogiue de la Muerte (Boogie of Death) and Pollo Podrio (Rotten Chicken). The first track warms you up, but does not even prepare you for the greatness of the rest of the album. Be ready for some lo-hi-fi, straight-up sexy, dirty wifebeater wearin’ blues accompanied by a smoky joint filled with the likes of Charlie Patton, R.L. Burnside, Ty Segall and Captain Beefheart. Lose yourself in the cool pop-up artwork inside the album and listen while your mind goes to church and then to the strip-club with zombies, serpents and skeletons afterwards.
The right translation for Boogie de la Muerte is Boogie of Death and Pollo Podr??o can be translated as ‘rotten chicken’ not chicken could (automatic translators often don’t work okay, man!).
The band line-up is:
Pedro de Dios Barcel??. Vocals, guitar and keyboard on El tigre y la yedra (The tiger and the ivy).
Carlos Jimena (not Jimenez). Drums and percussion.
Paco Luis Martos. Washtub bass and some rhythm guitar work too.
Cool review, man!
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