San Diego post-punk band New Mexico’s debut LP Malpaís, slated for release April 23. Prefix premiered the track yesterday saying, “as a droning synth crescendo leads into a series of gallant chords, tumbleweed rolling melodies, and slightly shaky vocal timbres, it’s hard to not like New Mexico.” The band began winning over support from hometown media and national blogs with their 2010 EP Have You Met My Friend?. Malpaís the result of many things–a bad breakup with a girl, a new recording technique using Otari 16-track one-inch tape, and songwriter Robert Kent’s newfound fascination with Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
Listen/Download: “Wandering” MP3
April 26 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah (album release show)
“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.” – Impose Magazine
“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