Ex-Gas Rag. Brand new. Sometime last year Chicago's Plomo came out with their excellent "Todo Pasa" demo cassette. Now they have followed it up with five blistering hardcore tracks on their debut EP on Verdugo Discos. "Sombras de Mañana" is sincere, straight forward, hardcore punk in Spanish that resembles some of the great 80s South American bands like Pestes. The USHC influence, however, is clearly present. Plomo is a band that shouldn't fly under your radar.
Our take: After a popular demo, here’s the debut 7” from Chicago’s Plomo, which features ex-members of Gas Rag. While Plomo has a gritty vibe with their nasty, early Dischord-type guitar sound and a gravel-throated vocalist, a closer listen reveals a surprising range on these five tracks. There are catchy, Angry Samoans-type riffs on “Espejo,” while “Malas” is a take-no-prisoners hardcore ripper with catchy stops and starts on the chorus. “Al Día” finishes things off with a dark and melodic riff that reminds me of early Articles of Faith. While the songs and performances are great, my only gripe with the record is that it doesn’t sound as explosive as it should. The tones of the individual instruments sound great, but pushing the whole mix into the red might have given this a savage quality that would have served the band well. The record still smokes, but you might have to turn it up to ear-splitting volume to get the full impact. You would probably do that anyway, though, right?