In September 2020, the Chilean punk scene saw the emergence of a new grindcrust duo who’s been really active since, connecting with people from all the crust-o-sphere through their music. They’ve published two albums in 2021 and have toured not just Chile, but also other countries like Colombia, Argentina, Perú, Ecuador, and are currently working on new material to be released soon. The duo is clearly full of energy and always eager to do something, to make something, to punk it up in real DIY style.
The band was formed by Aguita on vocals and guitar and Luis on drums. We’ve checked out Luis’ work before in the site through a review for his powerviolence solo project Campaña del Terror, but for someone who’s always on the move, he is involved with many projects and releases (we might get lost for a while trying to trace all of it!). As for Aguita, she also plays bass in the punk band Mukre and is part of the group Alobonzo and the two of them also play together in a band called Crímenes de Estado. We can clearly say that both are a great way to get to know part of the current state of Chilean punk. And that’s no easy task, considering all that has happened here since the social outburst, the pandemic, the elections, the national plebiscite, etc.. Things tend to be more subtle and sensible than they seem.
In February of last year they released Parásitos, a ten track journey recorded through December 2020 and January 2021. That’s how they officially presented themselves to the world. But now, we’re gonna focus on their second effort, Negaciones, from October. It also has ten tracks packed full of a distorted crusty DIY sound. The recordings were made by the duo with whatever equipment they have at that moment in their rehearsal room. Just the two of them playing straight-forward punk full of fast rhythms, rattling snares, simple but furious riffs that hold the songs tight, and confrontational lyrics focused on misery, control, anger, the church and the state; all while also including some personal introspection and the consideration of the emotional effects of the world’s current situation in ourselves.
As we’re accustomed to, this is an album without roundabouts and without compromise. You get what you hear. The first guitar riff welcomes us steadily, slowly, working like an introduction to the whole release, but then it changes in a classic hardcore fashion. “Condena” keeps that faster energy momentum while songs like “No Lo Soporto”, “Mis Ojos” and “Errantes” try something a bit more dynamic between the parts that compose them. There’s also more heavy, paused tracks like “TV Basura”, but the overall feeling is the one we get through the first few ones.
Having said that, my favorite side (if we arbitrarily separate the album in two sides of five tracks each, as my brain automatically tends to do) is the second one. “TV Basura” marks a turning point, a bridge between the two. “Asfixia” starts great with that harsh drum roll and hectic pace and while the title track, “Negaciones”, turns it down a little bit it works great in the context of the whole album if we think about the rhythm it has. In that same regard, Negro closes the album just fine.
The stronger track might be “Lacras”, especially considering the vocal delivery and the production, the way it mixes with the instrumentation and the vibe of the piece. That could be said about “Mis Ojos”, too, which has those nice call and response vocals that maybe could’ve been used more in future tracks as they give them a nice distinctive flavor.
So be sure to give Negaciones a few listens. And since it is so short, you could also check out their first release, Parásitos! If you like any of them, be sure to share it with your punk pals and to send us your comments about the albums.