I totally see why Canary Islanders Monstruobot list their influences as Joy Division, My Bloody Valentine, and DEVO — their Buenos Tiempos EP is a pretty straightforward homage to retro post-punk. I think the most interesting thing about them is that, duh, it’s all in Spanish! Which helps make sense of the pop-derived song structures and lyrics, which are heavy to (don’t hate me) Mana-style vocal emotion and traditional verse-chorus-verse writing. It’s an interesting mashup overall. ‘Todo lo que tienes’ will give you a good idea of the dark-megapop genre they’re trying to forge.
Article by Kelly Schrimann