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info opinion

The New Spain

Self-titled CDEP


Genres: hardcore, indie rock

June 6 - 12 2005

Haling from the musical hotbed of Brooklyn, NY, The New Spain is a no-holds-barred aggressive hardcore rock band.  You can hear aspects of Fugazi and Jawbox in their music, in addition to countless punk and hardcore acts.  To be honest, I'm a bit surprised this CD isn't also out on vinyl.  Regardless, however, these five tracks offer a nice mélange of vicious guitar, scratchy vocals, and stop/start rhythms.  A track like "Caveat" succeeds on the merits of its quiet/loud contrasts, though it's the over-the-top guitar chords during its climax that really grab your attention.  It's almost a Dismemberment Plan-esque quality.  "Handpress," on the other hand, is a bit too cacophonic for my taste, though "America Was a Project" and "Caffeine Theory" are really quite successful - the former being the most accessible song on the EP.  Overall, this is an interesting disc from The New Spain - I'd like to see what they come up with next.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2005]