Spotlight On: Davila 666

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Davila 666

Davila 666

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Visualize The Ramones getting wasted on a sunny day in Puerto Rico. You're now a step closer to knowing what Davila 666 sounds like. They're Puerto Rico's great new punk band, and they're about to present the world with their sophomore LP, Tan Bajo (So Low), the most significant record in their young career. Their self-titled 2008 debut put them on the map and gave us a hint of what was to come; the new record reaffirms what we predicted: they're a band that's ready to blossom.

Just a few years ago, Davila 666 seemed like just another six-piece garage punk band; today, we can truly say they're seven-day weekend partiers, and a force of nature. "Esa Nena Nunca Regreso" ("That Girl Never Came Back") is one of the promotional tracks out of Tan Bajo, and an immediate contender for Latin Rock song of the year.

This bouncy track starts at an immediate high point, the kind of entrance that chews away distortion to make melody more visible. The band glances back to the 1960s to pick up some gorgeous fuzz guitars, and stays in Puerto Rico's tropical setting to make one of the most charismatic songs about abandonment in recent memory.

Davila 666 has the rock skills, lyrical power, and swag to celebrate tragedy in the most unexpected ways. "Esa Nena Nunca Regreso" feels like a modern take on West Side Story; it's equally textured, choreographed, and weirdly uplifting. The band's unsteady and unpolished punk has been fragmented, and reconditioned into more accessible noise-pop chops. But don't worry, they're not betraying their punk attitude, they're just in better control of their genre.

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Conoce A Davila 666

Imagínense a Los Ramones tocando bajo el sol de Puerto Rico. Davila 666 es la nueva gran banda punk de Puerto Rico, y están a punto de presentarle al mundo su segundo LP, Tan Bajo, el álbum más impactante de su joven carrera. En el 2008 su primer álbum, auto-titulado Davila 666, los puso en el mapa y nos dio una idea de lo grande que podía llegar a ser esta banda. El nuevo álbum afirma nuestras predicciones: son una agrupación lista para estallar.

Hace tan solo unos años, Davila 666 se trataba de una de tantas bandas de punk caseras; hoy podemos decir que son una verdadera fuerza de la naturaleza. "Esa Nena Nunca Regreso" es uno de los cortes promociónales de Tan Bajo, y sin duda podría llegar a tratarse de la mejor canción de rock latino del 2011.

La canción comienza energéticamente, con una melodía visible. La clásica distorsión de la guitarra (tributo a la década de 1960), y los paisajes tropicales de Puerto Rico hacen que a pesar de ser una canción acerca del abandono, sea increíblemente carismática.

Davila 666 tiene habilidad para el rock, talento lírico, y capacidad para celebrar la tragedia de maneras inesperadas. "Esa Nena Nunca Regreso" tiene un aire a una versión modernizada de West Side Story: contiene una abundancia de textura, coreografía, y a pesar de la temática, es una canción alentadora. La banda ha logrado fragmentar su sonido punk crudo e inestable, y rearmarlo, convirtiéndolo en un pop ruidoso y más accesible. Pero no se preocupen, Davila 666 no ha perdido su filo punk. Simplemente tienen mejor control del género.

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