Greeting us from the icy land of back bacon and toques are Canada’s own Despistado, a group of jangly-guitared indie-rock ass-kickers. Their six-song EP, The Emergency Response, is an energy-packed powerhouse of terrific tunes.
Despistado has a great sound that is fresh to my ears. The closest I can come to a description is a less angry At The Drive-In, but a couple of the tunes make me think of some of the great modern rock musicians. "Can I Please Have An Order Of Girl With A Side Of Confused" reminds me of a young, punk Boys Don’t Cry-era Cure jamming with Daniel Ash. And the last track, "Lipstick", has a great droning melody line that may make you think of Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth.
Lyrically, Despistado is nothing short of amazing. Expressionistic slices of life, politics, and self-examination will challenge and impress you. Despistado is a fresh breeze from up north, and The Emergency Response is a great preview of what this band has to offer. If you are one of those people that complains about the lack of talented bands out there, you need to pick up The Emergency Response.