Jangling guitars, swaggering baselines and plodding drum beats are all in evidence on this much anticipated LP from the sun scorched land of Madrid, Spain. The Parrots’ sound toes the line between ’50s Rock ‘n Roll’ and the fast paced indie-rock of the early 2000s, resulting in 25 minutes of rocking riffs and fuzzy vocals.
In the wake of the success of the Madrid rock band ‘Hinds’, The Parrots have finally released their debut album, Los Niños Sin Miedo, and it is just as thrilling as some of the deepest cuts made in ‘Leave Me Alone’. For those of you whose Spanish stretches no further than ‘hola’ and ‘me gusta’, the LP’s title translates to ‘Children Without Fear’ – a fitting title for a band with so much to prove.
When you think of a city which spits out popular and lucrative rock bands – your Detroit, New York and London – Madrid rarely springs to mind however, the city now seems to be the source for honest, likeable garage-rock that mixes a fresh Seattle sound with an urban hispanic backbone. The album soars above its modest expectations and delivers a solid and hip swinging sound which is truly everything the past 3 years of their musical releases, since 2013’s Aden Arabie, has given us to expect.
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Opening with fuzzy chords and driven by a throbbing drum beat, Too high to die is a short and snappy song which sets the pace for the rest of the album, which flashes by with the speed and precision of a Hives release. Out of its short repertoire, stand out songs include Let’s do it again, which saunters along in a 2 minute haze of carefree guitar-work and howling vocals, the intricate and tuneful Casper with a riff which will bounce inside your head all day and Windows 98 – an explosive mesh of growling guitars and shrieking, louder than the synonymous dial up internet, but far more tuneful.
Almost every song in Los Niños is pleasing to the ear – however, their simple lyrics weigh down the album, although this is understandable for a band which speaks English as a second language. Let’s do it again clearly exemplifies this, with lead singer Diego shouting “let’s do it again!” on a loop for 2 minutes, which becomes exhausting the second time around. Similarly, the make-up of the songs are pretty basic – the guitar work is textbook and there is a two-dimensional feel to the album as a whole. Sure it’s a lot of fun, but it’s very little else. A further issue with this album – and indeed, much of the previous work put out by The Parrots, is that the lyrics are almost impossible to decipher, coming out as tuneful yelps masked by several layers of fuzz. Frankly, 25 minutes of The Parrots is plenty – any longer and their songs would lose their zeal, heralding crippling boredom.
Contrary to the blatant similarities in vocals and guitar work, The Parrots are not ‘the Spanish equivalent of ‘The Strokes’. The Parrots are carving their very own untrodden path, using a well-worn sound and making it their own with their little tweaks and idiosyncrasies.
Los Niños Sin Miedo is, however, an accomplished debut . There may be a lot to iron out, but all the same, it leaves you very much looking forward to what may come next.
This Parrots article was written by William Harrop, a GIGsoup contributor. Photo Credit : Adriana Roslin