PERDU are back on our airwaves again with another split featuring two bands that plan to melt your face off. The Canadian indie label has already released a number of splits over the past year with great bands such as WTCHS, Cartoons, Sailboats Are White, Thoughts On Air and CROSSS but now they come with Mexican Slang and Hussy, who can also join this list of great bands. Seriously Jag where do you find these guys?!
As per usual PERDU tell me about their new releases via a message on the Elusive Little Comments Facebook page but always “forgets” to leave me with a press release or any information about the featured bands. Usually this leaves me tearing my face off in anger, but after experiencing first hand the strange ways WTCHS deal out their emails I’m fine with it and it without doubt always leaves me excited to hear their new stuff.
First up is Mexican Slang with ‘666’. This track features a pretty chilling guitar melody in the background while another noodles in the spotlight before throwing everything aside and allowing feedback to dominate the rest of the tune. It’s not until second track ‘Bad Intentions’ that we realise Mexican Slang are a band that can carry a rhythm and make their lo-fi fuzzyness catchy, but even then it’s not until third track ‘Discourse’ that we can enjoy some semblance of catchy guitar riffs and what seems to be a badass bassline.
Hussy begins the second half with a slightly heavier sound than Mexican Slang’s though the band still manage to retain the same kinda vibes for their material. ‘Jawbreaker’ is a slow paced drawl lead by vocals that could have actually been sung with a broken jaw, but they help commit the track to this mental bender with its rung out guitars and content drum beat.
‘Sick Rey’ is a cleaner sounding number with a pretty accessible drum and guitar riff combo, bordering ever so slightly towards stoner rock. As a fan of stoner rock I easily appreciate the band’s talent to drag out their sounds as long as possible but keep them sounding catchy via the drums. Finally ‘Borg’ closes with the most atmospheric intro on the split, with some strange vocal garbles appearing here and there while guitars are left screaming in pain in the background, foreground, all ground to make this the perfect way to close out what has been a strange but very enjoyable split from PERDU.
Once again PERDU prove why they’re kept secret but also why you should let them be your dirty secret. This label continues to impress me with everything they release, and to do it by introducing more new bands makes it that much better. PERDU is great, and definitely one of my favourite labels going right now.
(Elusive Little Comments)