Davila 666 Tan Bajo

If CBGB, circa 1979, had had a Spanish-language night, Davila 666 would've been the choice headliner. Davila 666 are a Puerto Rican garage rock act whose new album, Tan Bajo, mirrors not just first-wave punk and '50s rock'n'roll, but the current wave of raucous, often harmony-obsessed American lo-fi indie acts (Black Lips, Dum Dum Girls) enjoying widespread critical and commercial success. The lyrics on Tan Bajo are predominately Spanish, so for most Canadian listeners there isn't a great deal to latch onto, aside from the music ― this isn't a bad thing. Garage is an art where success hinges upon the artist's dual-proficiency of chords and dirt, on being simultaneously filthy (through whichever means: sonically, outrageous onstage antics, etc.) and shamelessly catchy. Davila 666 succeed with this drove of tunes. One would be hard-pressed to find any filler in the bunch, but in terms of tunes for preliminary listening, check out "Ratata," "Noche De Terror" and "Mala." (In The Red)