Joliette – El Alphabiotista EP
Dissonance reigns in Mexico.
Since 2011, these guys from Puebla, México, have been making dissonant and energetic music, with a mix of various sounds from the punk world and a lot of releases, including splits with bands like ZagaZaga, LYED, Life in Vacuum, and Frameworks. On June 25, the band released their latest EP, El Alphabiotista, which we are gonna dissect right now.
Mastered by Alan Douches at WWSM, New York City, these tracks were recorded on different days and places, but they both form a unity of piercing and screeching sounds. The title track is the opener of this crashing, rhythmic EP, with screams and cymbals that fill the room and a wide bass sound that helps connecting all the chaos in the mood changes and transitions.
Calm comes after the outburst of energy, holding us into the song while the mood establishes and the structure travels to disintegration and taking us then back into chaos in a little bit over 6 minutes.
This track was recorded and mixed between February and April 2018 at Vesubio Grabaciones, Mexico City by Miguel Fraino.
A very metallic hi-hat introduces us to the second song, the two minutes shorter “Dolor de Marinero en la Costa del Vesubio”, but with the same frenetic and contrasting vibe. The composition is worked like a rollercoaster, with highs and lows, taking its time to develop and travel through the different feelings.
This one was recorded by Herman Nunes in june 2014 at Honky Tonk Studios, Mexico City. Additional Guitars were recorded at Vesubio Grabaciones, Mexico City. April 2018.
The fast paced chaotic hardcore and the overall vibe makes me think of bands like Botch, Hail the Sun, The Chariot and Architects. If you like bands that incorporate such an immense energy in just a short record like this, you should definitely get this EP. The band is top-notch, and you should look for their older stuff as well!