Album Review

Alerta Roja – “Algo Esta Cambiando… Y Muy Violentamente” – [Lengua Armada]

Thurston Hunger   5/6/2015   12-inch, A Library

Argentine punk rock from ’81 to ’87, the guitarist going by
“Pablo Strangler” might tip the hat a bit, but I got more
of a straight forward driving rawk vibe. Guitar with
distortion and rising reverb, drums flailing and good
head-choogling bass lines, rat-rat-rattling your skull.
With a singer called Mongo, you know he’s got to be
wound up…and he still is 30 years later, check out

Getting the band back together while the UK does the
same with its military in the Malvinas?

The Maximum Rock n Roll style insert suggest sorta what
to expect (and a nice mention of Todos Tus Muertos from
Argentina as well). Lyrics connect the dots between national
boredom and lost youth and the desire to bury imperialists.
And no, not sung in Yankee tongue…but even without
google translate, you can taste the teenage angst deep
into your fifties. There’s an almost “oi” punk flavor but
it’s more piquante pissed-off. “Hippy Japa” didn’t make
this collection, that’s a pretty good stop and slug song,
“Juventud Perdida” for a while I though it was chanting
“bebir” instead of “vivir” that’s what a few too many
cervezas and dormant high school Spanish will get you.
The more vocal freak outs in an echo chamber the better.

Is there a secret message to KFJC with “Sin Oportunidad”
coming right before “En La Radio.” There’s quality
gutter punk the world round…
-Thurston Hunger

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