One year after their “Justicia Cósmica” LP RATA NEGRA are back with a two song single of dark pop perfection. On the A side the Madrid power trio puts music to a poem of José María Gabriel y Galán (1870-1905) turning its melancholic prose into a mid tempo punk beauty with surf guitars and deep bass tones bringing to mind the almighty GOLPES BAJOS on speed. A chance meeting of Spanish Costumbrism and kitsch as seen on the song’s video. The flip side “Problemas, No” brings back to life VIDEO’s minor hit from 1983 updating the Synth Pop of the original to a sharp upbeat punk jam which will have you dancing your shoes off.
Recorded in Madrid at Metropol and mastered at London’s Finyl Tweek La Hija Del Sepulturero comes housed in a sleeve designed by the band’s Guitarrist Fa with help from Vocalist Violeta and includes a lyric insert.
Our take: Brand new two-song single from Spain’s Rata Negra. If you like their particular brand of moody melodic punk, it’s hard to imagine these two tracks would disappoint you. That being said, they sound like a leap forward from the band’s earlier stuff. Rata Negra seems to be growing more sophisticated, retaining their trademark style, but with more delicate arrangements and extra little touches like backing vocals and subtle synth overdubs. These two tracks remind me of something Echo and the Bunnymen or the Chameleons might have done early in their respective careers, and that’s high praise.