The Spanish trio Mutagénicos are playing games with us on the cover of "3", depicted in a Fuzztonian fashion on the great artwork of Mikel Echandi. Alfredo, Santi and Pablo have finally escaped their garage restraints and are unleashing their other sonic experiences on us.
Their third album includes Rock'n'Roll - with emphasis on the latter - harmonically propelled Rhythm and Blues ("Idiota"), pianos running amok and swing-loaded saxophones ("He Venido A Buscarte"), and songs that bleed choruses worthy of Argentinian Stones worshippers ("Menos Mal"), and poultry-inspired guitars à la MFC Chicken ("Autocontrol"). There is even a tropical and circus-like Cumbria of Death ("Cumbia De La Muerte"). A song that makes them soar up to heights not reached in their previous works.
Miguel Pérez "Mitch" on piano and Dani Niño (The Limboos) on baritone saxophone help build a solid frame and armour their sound, emerging from the Studios at Casa Mabe, a rural house located in the mountains of La Rioja with David Garrido behind the desk.
Mutagénicos' prose reminds us that we all have asked ourselves more than once: What do they want from me? Starting from that premise, they recite elegant farewells to the charlatans du jour ("Eres El Mejor"), they lay out eloquent pleas for the use of the weekend as shock therapy treatment ("Resetear"), and can move from lowly subjects like Nightclub courtship ("Darlo Todo") to the more elevated levels of theological dissertations with a cynical touch ("Actualice Su Fe").
They wrap up "3" with a unique interpretation of the radio script of "The War of the Worlds": threat from outer space, news bulletins, alien machines and sonic jabber at the mercy of theremin, synthesizer and final delay.
Mutagénicos may be album three, but this latest album blasts them up to greater heights.
The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club's name is derived from The Standells' 1966 hit 'Dirty Water' which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, Country Teasers, Black Lips, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers, The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The 220.127.116.11's, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original '60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.
Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.