-040- DESKONOCIDOS "En La Oscuridad" LP




500 copies black vinyl

USA pressing by Todo Destruido Records


“Spanish-language punk/goth downers from Austin, TX, rockin’ in fine cause with grit, fury and determination. En La Oscuridad has the screamin’ vocals you’d expect from the punk/HC community they inhabit, but also plenty of flange pedal and ominous chord phrasing, running for the mid-tempo brooding of barely-hidden Bob Smith fandom employed by stressed out, desperate-sounding bands in a lineage that includes Honor Role, the underrated Crime Desire, hell even the Pack and UK Decay.
There’s always room for more bummers when they are captured with this much passion and nasty noise, and that they don’t trade off one for the other makes me personally happy to endorse Deskonocidos – they’re not HC kids who decided to turn dark, and they’re not trying to be the next Interpol, but rather mixing two traditional sounds on the surface and letting their inner turmoil and proven punk songwriting mechanics take it the rest of the way. Really good record, definitely packing it in the crate for goth night. First hundred or so on “putty” marbled vinyl, 500 pressed, nearly gone so hurry up.”
Doug Mosurock (Dusted Magazine)

"Picked this up on a punt, a habit that, I must admit, I'm trying to curb given the ever-dwindling space in my shitty one-bed flat and my significant other's waning patience for my clammy-handed vinyl obsessing. Anyway, the description just sounded too good, and thankfully I wasn't disappointed – the thing is, in fact, shaping up to be one of my favourite records in recent times.
While summing Deskonocidos up as raw, snotty, Spanish-language hardcore with a heavy post-punk twist might be accurate it'd also be doing 'em a disservice: there's a lot going on here and while it's brilliantly varied things also hang together well as a cohesive whole, making for a 'proper' album rather than just a slung-together collection of same-sounding songs. There's a Wipers influence for sure and maybe a dash of Born Against in there somewhere too, but the flange-laden guitar lines also bring to mind the likes of Killing Joke or A Touch Of Hysteria, weaving nervously in and out of the mania and imparting a strange sense of catchiness to the untrammelled punk rock rage and energy. It's smart, powerful and sticks in your head, and I can't recommend it enough."
Alex Deller, Collective Zine Website.


released September 15, 2010



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