Ratas Del Vaticano are damned rough and incredibly lo-fi. From Monterrey, Mexico this band makes some garage punk that is more or less a mess of guitar, drums and shouted Spanish lyrics. This is to say, I am a fan. I will admit that they aren't better than the other garage rock acts have have been raving about like San Jaun's Dávila 666, Oakland's Shannon and the Clams, or Mississippi's Bass Drum of Death. However, I don't think they're aiming for the same effect as any of the bands. Seems more like a dirty sludge of rock and roll that is fully embracing the concept of lo-fidelity to the point that it might turn off people inclined toward more catchy garage music. Perhaps bands that made a name for themselves as gritty and loud such as The Spaceshits or The Dirtys are apt comparisons. Their allure is strong enough that I felt compelled to go buy some Cerveza Pacifico and imagine what it'd be like to get drunk with these fellas.
To be had here:
Ratas Del Vaticano - Tiempos De Austeridad [224 VBR kbps]