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DAVILA 666

9 p.m., Maxine's, Hot Springs. $5.

 

Spa City is calling, garage rock fans. Before the night's over, you might have a favorite new band. From In the Red Records, the one-time home of the likes of Jay Reatard and the Black Lips, Davila 666 approaches music similarly to its label mates. That is, the band takes a base that encompasses most of the pinnacles of garage rock and proto-punk — Iggy, the New York Dolls, the Dead Boys, Richard Hell — adds a generous helping of Phil Spector and then tries to deconstruct all that already primitive music even further. It's lo-fi rock at its best — a mash of big beats, big chords and hooks that never seem to quit. Oh yeah, and it's all in Spanish. The band's based out of San Juan, where bomba, reggaeton and salsa reign supreme. In fact, before Davila 666, front man Carlito Davila and bassist A.J. Davila (in Ramones fashion, most all of the band's members use the last name Davila) teamed as a Latin rap act. Carlito didn't get introduced to the music that so clearly informs his band until a stint in Seattle in the late '90s working at a record store. You'd never know. And even if you don't speak a lick of Espanol, you still won't be able to get those hooks out of your head. Bad Sports and Japanese Game Show open.
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