Record of the Week: Ignorantes: Parece Que Tuvimos Demasiados Hijitos LP

Ignorantes: Parece Que Tuvimos Demasiados Hijitos 12” (Under the Gun Records) After nearly a decade releasing hard to find tapes and 7”s, Parece Que Tuvimos Demasiados Hijitos (“It seems we had too many little children”) is the first 12” vinyl from Chile’s Ignorantes. I’m not sure if the band considers it a full-length, since this 45rpm 12” consists mostly of re-recordings of songs that appeared on those earlier releases, but regardless of its discographical status, Parece Que Tuvimos Demasiados Hijitos distills everything that’s great about Ignorantes to its raw essence. The band’s name tells you all you need to know, Ignorantes’ primitive bashing sounding like the glue-damaged grandchildren of the first two Chaos UK 7”s. The drummer’s simple pogo beats stagger like they’ve just downed four drinks at last call, the tinny guitars are only decipherable when they’re playing wild, unstructured leads, very angry people yell at you in Spanish, and the bassist holds everything together with a sense of melody that sounds like it was honed in a child’s nursery. This framework stays consistent throughout Parece Que Tuvimos Demasiados Hijitos, but you’re not really coming to Ignorantes for subtle stylistic innovation… or subtle anything for that matter. This is bash-you-over-the-head shit, a temper tantrum set to the unrelenting metronome of humanity’s decline. You’re either going to think this record is the worst or the best thing you’ve ever heard. Give it a spin and find out which side of the fence you passed out on.

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