It seems as of late, the focus on bands from Canada has been one of pure experimentalism: noise drones, instrumental theme albums, and bland musical obscurity. Then come Despistado, from Regina, Canada, touted as the coldest place on earth. Like a knight riding a fiery horse, they’ve galloped in with a glowing sword to slice through the thick ice of Canada, and bring a brighter, bolder, tougher sound. Their 6-song EP, The Emergency Response, is a shining beacon of what’s to come.
Despistado combine the sharpness of Q and Not U with the dark undertones of Fugazi to create a unique blend of their own. Every song on the EP is a gem. One could easily mistake them for a Dischord band, and I have a feeling that anyone on the Dischord staff who catches Despistado will almost immediately regret they hadn’t found them first.
Their sound is infectious, and with the promise of a full-length recording waiting in the wings, I look forward to hearing what they bring to the table next. And, I might add, they scored an opening gig for the Pixies at their Canadian show. Bring on the warmth.