Album of the Week: Sex Sex Sex – Somos Problema (Cintas)

I first heard Sex Sex Sex thanks to the owner of Discos Mono, a record store in Mexico City. I left the store with three of his recommendations: Hangover Affair by She Killed in Ecstasy, Obscure Daze by Sunset Images, and the Crisis EP by Sex Sex Sex. I couldn’t wait to get home and listen to these new records. When I started up the Crisis EP, something that I realized while in CDMX was further confirmed for me: rock ’n’ roll is alive and well in Mexico. That epiphany led us to put together not one but two shows on the vibrant scene there.

Of course, when I saw Sex Sex Sex had a new release, Somos Problema (which, as far as I can tell, based on the translation of a Facebook post, seems to have been recovered after having been lost for a few years), I had to check it out! And I was delighted to find that my anticipation was rewarded with a 12-track record that delivers nonstop garage-punk energy.

At first listen it’s clear this record can hold its own against any number of cross-genre classics. There’s the ragged aggression of The Germs, and the rocket-fuel psych-rock of The Stooges’ Raw Power. The Dirtbombs’ garage-revival shows up in the band’s propulsive backbeats, and the 13th Floor Elevators’ psychedelic textures warp the band’s punk-rock riffs. However, the record doesn’t sound like a merehat-tip to the music of bands past. The instrumental track “Muerterrey,” for instance, feels longer than its two-and-a-half minute run time as the band seems to distill the entirety of a six-minute heavy psych excursion into a punk rock demi-glace. Six tracks later, on “Ritual,” we get that six-minute long psychedelic garage-punk jam. Perhaps, in that vein, the modern blend of garage-punk and psychedelic rock captured by Sex Sex Sex has more in common with Open Your Heart-era The Men. Rock ‘n’ roll might have saved Sex Sex Sex’s soul, as professed on track six, but their latest release certainly soothed my rock ’n’ roll heart.

Ryan

Ryan first discovered his love of radio at WSOE FM, where he spent all 4 years of college as a DJ, 2 as program director, and 1 as general manager. While his musical tastes are fairly broad, he has a big nerdy spot in his heart for prog rock.