Los Pepes “All Over Now”

Is it All Over Now for LOS PEPES? Well, it doesn’t seem so… The British band is just back from a European tour, a few shows in the UK opening for MUDHONEY, and finally has a new album (on Wanda Records) under their arm.
“I’m No Good” starts in a typical LOS PEPES way, melodic choruses and full punk energy. The tempo even speeds up as soon as the second song, “Can’t Stand It” starts with old-school hardcore rage. Don’t get me wrong, these guys might play loud and fast, but they’re still a powerpop band as you can hear in “All Over Now”, or “I’ll See You Tonight” for instance, this one will probably stay stuck in your mind for quite some time after you listened to it. Teenage punk anger can still be heard in songs like “My Language” and you’ll hear a few 60s garage influences in “Nothing Special”, and in “Just The Way That It Goes.”
Somewhere between sunny pop and disillusioned punk as in “I Don’t Believe In Anything”, this album will be the perfect soundtrack for your summer… And since Wanda Records always does things well, you’ll get a fine looking record, with a great cover and poster/lyric insert, one more reason for you to grab “All Over Now”!/Laurent C.

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Los Pepes “For Everyone”

LosPepesIFEAnother great looking record (cool colourful collage art-work/poster!) released by Wanda Records. London’s LOS PEPES offer us 12 punked-out power pop songs somewhere between The RAMONES, The EXPLODING HEARTS, The BOYS, EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS and The BUZZCOCKS.
When opener “All I can Do” does a fantastic job to get you hooked up with its glammy chorus/vocal harmonies, it only gets better with “I Just Don’t Know’, “I Don’t Need Anyone”, or “Unknown” that puts the band right close to The BITERS. You’ll also find a good 60s pop dose in songs like “I Won’t Fall In Love” or “Alone In The City”, and some high energy punk’n’roll mixed to some fine melodies in “This Love’s War”, “Guilty Pleasures”, or “Modern Life.” Early HANOÏ ROCKS and SOHO ROSES even come to mind when listening to “Inconsolable” and “Tonight.”
Some of these songs sound familiar, but it’s just because LOS PEPES managed to use the same ingredients as the bands who wrote your favourite classics. Listen to them when they say that LOS PEPES is “For Everyone!” /Laurent C.

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Los Pepes “Tonight” 7″

LosPepes7Wanda Records keeps on bringing us the best stuff when it comes to ’77 punk, glam or power pop… I wasn’t familiar with this British band before, and now I can say that it’s good to finally hear something great from London again! Well, ok there’s JONNY COLA & The A-GRADES, but apart from them it’s hard to think about new killer sounding/looking bands from the city that used to offer us the best rock’n’roll acts!
LOS PEPES are more into power pop on speed, ’77 snotty glammy punk in a BRIEFS/EXPLODING HEARTS way ; Songs like “Tonight” or “Too Late, Too Late” will make you wear your white sun glasses and dance all night!
Side B is as good as Side A, The UNDERTONES seem to be jamming with the SEX PISTOLS on “Unknown”, and The CLASH seems to go pop on “Somebody Else.”
Trust me, your record collection would definitely look better with this cool looking yellow vinyl 7″!/Laurent C.

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