Drunken Sailor (2015)
I find Drunken Sailor to be a very trustworthy label. I tend to pick up most everything they release (though they do a lot of split releases, so often I grab those from the American label to save on postage). When they give their stamp of approval on a band, the odds of me enjoying that band are pretty high. When they announced this Malos Modales 7" and gave a brief description, I knew pretty much immediately it was a record that I would be picking up.
These guys certainly didn't let me down. Malos Modales sounds like something of a combination of Fix My Brain era Marked Men crossed with There Are No Answers era Something Fierce. They've got a ferocity in their guitar riffs and a mastery of catchy hooks that so few bands can combine. The vocals are all in Spanish, so I only have a small understanding of what they lyrics are about, but let's be honest; I'm not much of a lyrics guy and don't really have any idea what the Marked Men are singing about either. I'd be surprised if that would really affect your enjoyment of these songs, it certainly doesn't make me love these songs any less.
The Drunken Sailor description of this 7" mentions that it's the best EP they had heard in ages. I'll alter that slightly and say that this is far and away the best debut 7" I have heard in a long, long time. It's so instantly memorable and just so great. I really hope that Malos Modales is working on some more records because rest assured, I will be buying those the very second they are available.
Malos Modales - Cronicas Terrestres 7":