Watch and listen:
Los Bengala - Incluso Festivos
Los Bengala are a dynamic two-piece from Zaragoza in northeast Spain; another great band from the flourishing garage rock Latino scene. Their sound is unique; Guillermo's loud, powerful, simple guitar chords backed by (ambidextrous) drummer Borja's complex beats. Both sing lead - well - and their on-stage dynamism is compelling. In 2014 they won a national battle of the bands competition in Spain and their upcoming debut album will be jointly released by the band's own imprint and Dirty Water Records.
Dirty Water first saw them play in London in August 2014 (along with their friends and ours the Mobbs, from Northampton) and within minutes were hooked. They agreed to swiftly come back to London to play Dirty Water Club in October to a wild, amazed crowd and the rest, as they say, is history.
Do not miss the opportunity to see this band play and be prepared to hear a brilliant album.
It goes without saying that when I am requested to review any produce from the Dirty Water Records stable I get slightly aroused. The reason for this perverse reaction (of which I make no apology) is that, over the years, the label has given me untold delight with quality release after quality release. In fact, along with Do The Dog Records, I would name these peddlers of noise as the very best labels to have tickled my tastebuds in recent times.
Los Bengala are probably not a classic rock'n'roll band: They are a duo from Northern Spain, which initially took place in the region soul and funk , but now obviously wanted to have a little fun. The label Dirty Water discovered the guitarist and the drummer on stage in London and was instantly in love with this snotty - trashy sound.
Garage feline? What's that cat's Garage? The answer lies in including holidays, Zaragoza debut tandem Los Bengala , which has already awakened us curiosity "coining a new genre" 10 songs of rock’n’roll, grungy, cool and garage-y where Guillermo Sinnerman and Borja Tellez (guitar and voice THE FAITH KEEPERS, respectively) take the nails, as they say, only rhythm and machete.
One test for an album is whether you can get into it even when you don't understand any of the words. If you do, then you know the band is really on to something. On the new album Incluso Festivos Los Bengala can definitely draw you in even if you don't understand the Spanish lyrics.
Incluso Festivos is a great hidden gem of an album. Los Bengala are unlikely to become household names in this country due to the language barrier, but they have a great sound with terrific, catchy choruses (even though I can’t understand the lyrics), big hooks, and excellent riffs. There is a real summery quality to their music, and the Spanish twist that permeates every corner of this album is a welcome change of pace. A fantastic surprise, and a genuinely excellent album. 5/5
If it is released by Dirty Water Records it is going to be worth checking out. That is a theory we have bred over time which once again is proven to be spot on as Spanish duo Los Bengala turn the day into one of devilish festivity with debut album Incluso Festivos. Seeded in garage rock but embracing many more prime flavours of rock ‘n’ roll, the ten track encounter is a perpetual feast of sound and fun.
Latino garage rock and roll anyone? Los Bengala come at it like a cat on a hot tin roof. The guitars are loud and raw and the drums are primal and bouncing with energy. Okay, the lyrics aren't in English but that isn't as much of a problem as I was expecting.