Las Kellies new wave post-punk blends garage-psych with infectiously deft dance beats and melodic pop. ‘Friends & Lovers’ fuzzed-up gems sees them move away from the heavier dub sounds of their last record instead sinking their teeth into a groove like Thee Oh Sees with the spirit of ESG and Delta 5.
Produced by Iván Diaz Mathé (credits include Lee “Scratch” Perry & Mad Professor), who’s worked on their previous records, the latest album was recorded in Demolition Sounds Studios.
Las Kellies formed in Buenos Aires back in 2005, they debuted with ‘Shaking Dog!’ (2007) and concentrated on ensuring their prominence on their home turf first. They independently released second album ‘Kalimera’ (2009) that took inspiration from Devo and ESG – at this time the group ventured on their first international tour. Soon after they joined Fire Records releasing ‘Las Kellies’, a 7” split of ‘Erase You’ featuring both ESG and Las Kellies versions dropped with their last full length ‘Total Exposure’ following in 2013 and EP ‘Dubby Exposure’ (Crang/Rastrillo Records) a year later.
On ‘Friends & Lovers’ Las Kellies are Silvina Costa and Cecilia Kelly. They are joined by their newest member and bassist, Manuela Ducatenzeiler and the band are currently on their 6th European tour.
“They boast what is clearly an encyclopaedic understanding of all the best bits of new wave both sides of the atlantic, plus the fortitude to throw the rulebook clean out the window and sometimes sound just like themselves.”NME