San Diego post-punk band New Mexico is gearing up for the April 23 self-release of its new LP, Malpaís. Impose Magazine premiered the first single, “Alpha Male,” today saying, “The rumbling bassline starts up like a well serviced El Camino with a commencing percussive sidewinder’s desert rattle. A keyboard minor key rings out before the synthesizers take a background seat to the lip biting beat and mean guitars to frame the lyrical woe.”
Listen/Download: “Alpha Male” MP3
After gaining support from a few major players of the blogosphere and winning over just about everyone in their hometown, New Mexico is finally breaking out in 2013 with their long-awaited debut LP. The band isn’t from some new hot scene, nor can they be lumped into some bastardized subgenre with a clever name. They’re just four working-class stiffs from San Diego who play ballsy post-punk mixed with synthed-out harmonies. Oh, and they play it as hard and as deliberately and as gorgeously and as assuredly as they hear it in their head.
The core members of the group have been playing music together since 2007 and on the strength of their 2010 EP Have You Met My Friend, an album under their old moniker Apes of Wrath, and one San Diego Music Award for “Best Alternative Band,” they’ve built a reputation not only for their spirited live shows, but for being unafraid to try new things. Their new record, Malpaís, is the result of many things–a bad breakup with a girl, a new recording technique using Otari 16-track one-inch tape, and Robert Kent’s newfound fascination with Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World–but it is mostly the result of a band finally coming into it’s own.
1. Alpha Male
2. Winter Rentals
4. Cold Loads
5. Johnny Garçon
7. Orca Eats Shark
8. In Formation
“sure to raise the pulse of more than a few west coast garage rock lovers.” – My Old Kentucky Blog
“The best band in San Diego.” – San Diego CityBeat
“[They] fill out San Diego’s alternative-indie scene with much needed fat rock riffs and girthy bass lines.” – San Diego Reader
“Seeing New Mexico play is like walking into a tornado. No matter how much you brace yourself or tell yourself you can withstand the force, you’re still going to get knocked on your ass.” – Owl and Bear