Los Conejos: Caos Final 12"
Debut LP from this band out of Spain, and despite the fact that this is released on a label well known for raw punk and features artwork from Teodoro Hernandez (Firmeza-10), this is has only tangential aesthetic connections to punk music. It's funny, though, Los Conejos still sound like something of a throwback, only to a time before "alternative rock" or "college rock" got rebranded into "indie rock." They remind me of the type of music I'd hear on 120 Minutes when I was a kid in the late 80s and early 90s... bands like the Replacements, early REM, the Feelies, etc... i.e. bands who took the British post-punk influence of bands like the Smiths and Echo & the Bunnymen and filtered it through the Americanisms of everyone from Big Star to Bruce Springsteen to the Minutemen. It's weird to hear a modern Spanish band playing this stuff, but the music is high-energy and bursting with hooks. Possibly the red-headed stepchild of the Discos Enfermos catalog, but there's a reason why some mothers love the red-headed stepchild the best.Tags: indie melodic punk Spain