BESTIA, LA: Mind Games: CD

Pro-sounding, generally mid-tempo East L.A. punk with bilingual Spanish/English female vocals…i’m pretty sure i would have flipped my shit ((to some degree)) over this in ‘83 or ‘84, but, listening to it at this exact moment, it is produced so much more slickly than all the other records i’ve listened to tonight that my ears can’t cope with the contrast…it’s like i was sitting in a theatre all night, watching Universal Pictures monster movies from the 30’s, and then i got up to take a leak, and when i got back they were showing that Godzilla movie with Matthew Broderick. Sounds kind of like a satellite-radio-friendly moosh-up of Sin 34, the Plasmatics, the Avengers, Bikini Kill and the Epoxies, welded to “Animal Boy” era major-label punk kick drum sounds and suchlike, occasionally breaking into Spanish just to keep me from nodding off. Just slick enough that i expect something really masterpiece-like; just raw enough that i can’t get into the slickness. Ah well. BEST SONG: “Don’t Go” because it sounds like a Spanish-language “Butcher Baby” BEST SONG TITLE: “Revenge” if you’re Black Flag FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: The Post-It® note affixed to the interior of the tray booklet says “Norb – FYI, GUITARIST IS RUDY FROM E.L.A. PUNKERS THE BRAT –Jimmy”

 –norb (La Bestia)