Monday, July 20, 2020

Duff Review: Los Aggrios "Alcohol" b/w "Manten La Fe"

The cover features an cartoon skinhead with a lemon head smiling, winking, and waving.Steady Beat Recordings
7" picture sleeve single/digital

(Review by Steve Shafer)

Los Aggrios' dynamite second single is anything but bitter (the band's name in English--as the cover artwork might infer--is The Sour). "Alcohol" is not a cover of The Special AKA track of the same name, but rather a bright, Harry J Allstars-like swig of late '60s instrumental skinhead reggae that sounds like what it feels like to be relaxed, happy, and carefree when you have just the right buzz on. "Manten La Fe" ("Keep the Faith") has a similar vibe, but with an organ melody that just as effectively could be a vocal part (and a terrific sung song at that--surely, a great set of lyrics could be derived from the tune's title). Keep your eye on this excellent LA-based band.

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