Mirin Bide / Baudelaire – Split EP
From the capital and to the north, Chile strikes back with a split by two contemporary emo bands.
In April this year two Chilean bands came together for a four track split that any emoviolence and screamo (is it too old-fashioned to call it that and not skramz?) fan should lend their ears to, especially if you are searching for what’s been recently cooking in South America or the Global South in general. Not everything is up there in the big powerful North, you know?
The first band is pretty young and comes from Antofagasta, located at the north side of Chile, the very country that keeps on giving (musically, at least; let’s not talk about 💢 other 💢 things). Their debut release is from 2020, which was followed by a series of splits, compilations and what not, and they actually been reviewed here before with their 2021 split with Entzauberung (which you should totally read and listen to after). The second one is Baudelaire, a band from Santiago formed near 2016 when they released their debut demo EP with 7 sorrow-filled, short songs that included lots of tempo changes and repetitive guitar and bass riffs. Up until now they were in complete silence, as far as releases go, so it makes it even more interesting to look into. Shall we?
The two tracks by Mirin Bide here are rabid and uncompromising. “Violentar” slowly reveals its melancholy like a little plea until it leads us into a dissonant catastrophe, it’s quite in tune with what the genre usually presents. Inner conflict, anguish, like a questioning machine that dissects family ties and friendship. Their lyrics are simple, brief, yet effective when they catch you in the right mood. Then, “Persuasión directa e inderecta” goes on with a classical syncopated high-pitched skramz guitar riff. Affliction takes our hand and guides us through a dialogue about self centeredness and informational deception in the superhighway era. I must say I’m not much of a fan of how the instruments were recorded here, but I really like the way the various kinds of vocals weave in together and would love to hear how far the band can take it from here.
Not everything is about sadness in this one, even though your ears, deceived by sound, might make you think so. There’s a lot of anger, irritation and resentfulness; rightfully so, as always (well, that in itself might be really sad). “Chagual”, the opening track of Baudelaire’s side starts with a subtle feedback that leads to a short track mixing high-pitched screams, yells and spoken word with a punk vibe. Тhe drums swiftly changе rhythms, but not as much as in the following track “Rizoma”, which seems to be one of the strongest songs on the release with its constant chord change, melodic knife-like guitars and politically charged desperation. These two songs are certainly and improvement from their previous work as they feel way tighter and more developed.
With length of around the 6 minutes mark, this one easily turns into something nice to tune into between tasks or to spin on repeat as you go on with your daily life. It’s like a little screamo snack. It’s that a thing? I’m gonna make it a thing. Screamo snack. Here you go.
The split was released on tape and there are only ten copies available through Activar Hazlotumismx. Get in touch if you want one (although, if you just want to say hi that’s always nice in my opinion)!