Self released debut LP by Valencia’s TIPEX. Out of nowhere came this full length who sees a fully formed band on a trip across all things that made punk great. Fresh, sharp, hi energy-low fidelity tunes which stick with you for days. There is something extremely convincing about the humble honestly this band dispatches the thirteen songs on their debut. You can hear rage, despair, boredom and sarcasm played with a fierce solidity and furious conviction. The true sound of decades of punk and hitting your head against a wall on repeat combined. And if the tunes and attitude weren’t enough you have artwork by Teodoro Hernández to round things up.
Our take: Self-released debut from this band out of Valencia, Spain. Broadly, their sound is fast, precise, and catchy, but they cover a fair amount of stylistic ground on this record. A lot of the songs remind me of Social Circkle or Terminal State, bands who sounded like hardcore bands deliberately trying to slow things down, play deeper in the pocket, and focus on writing catchy and memorable songs. At other times they can get more melodic, reminding me a little of Rata Negra (particularly on a track like “Flores”), but they can also be more aggressive, as on the Sudor-esque “Plaza de España.” The record also closes with a striking track, “Sarna,” where they jam out and get a little psych-y, sort of like the ending to Rocket from the Crypt’s Circa Now. I haven’t heard many DIY punk/hardcore records that sound so fleshed out and ambitious while still sounding like a DIY punk/hardcore record. If you like one dimensional this probably won’t do it for you, but punkers with open ears and a predilection for catchy hooks will love this.