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Los Pirañas | Historia Natural

The quirky Colombians share a third dose of exotic eccentricity & surreal silliness.


WHO ARE THEY? An oddball instrumental indie-rock trio from Colombia, Los Pirañas are also something of a supergroup — assuming bands like Meridian Brothers, Chúpame el Dedo, Frente Cumbiero, Ondatropica and Romperayo are in your personal musical pantheon.

WHAT IS THIS? Their third collection of idiosyncratic inventiveness, exotic eccentricity and surreal silliness.

WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE? Members of The Mothers of Invention, Los Straitjackets and The Residents jamming with the locals while on holiday in Bogota. These 10 twisted tracks are a freaky fusion of traditional and unconventional, combining South American genres and grooves with garage-rock bashing, twangy surf-rock guitars and acid-rock textures. Ay caramba.

WHAT SHOULD IT BE TITLED? El Excentrico Grande.

HOW SHOULD I LISTEN TO IT? After eating the worm at the bottom of the tequila bottle.

WHAT 10 WORDS DESCRIBE IT? Quirky, trippy, zippy, rubbery, messy, clattery, freewheeling, rebelious, raucous, eclectic.

WHAT ARE THE BEST SONGS? You can pretty much push play anywhere you like, but the hyperactive and wonderfully named Infame Golpazo (Infamous Blow), El Venado Triste (The Sad Deer) and Te Regalo una Licuadora (I Give You a Blender) have a little extra pep in their step.

WHAT WILL MY FRIENDS SAY? ‘Vocals? They don’t need no stinkin’ vocals!’

HOW OFTEN WILL I LISTEN TO THIS? Whenever traditional Latin music just isn’t cutting the mustard.

IF THIS ALBUM WERE FOOD, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Empanadas stuffed with psychedelic mushrooms.

SHOULD I BUY, STREAM OR STEAL IT? It’s a nice place to visit, but you might not want to live there.