Punk Will Never Die
Artist: Los Seis Pistos
Produced By: Los Seis Pistos
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
A Mexican punk rock band? I couldn't believe my eyes when I first read the PR material sent to me by one of my music contacts. I have never been a huge fan of punk rock music, but I have liked a few songs here and there over the years. But Mexican punk? This, I have never heard. So, of course, I couldn't pass up a chance to check out the latest album from Los Seis Pistos, Punk Will Never Die.
Formed in 1996, Los Seis Pisots is a quartet hailing from Chihuahua, Mexico. Guitarist and singer Kenio Chevaro and his brother, Iván, also a singer in the band, were brought up in a family that embraced both old and new styles of music. While spending the day with their grandfather, the boys listened to traditional Mexican music by performers like Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete, but at night, they would listen to their mother's music which often included the likes of Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones. Learning to play guitar so he could serenade the ladies like other guys in his neighborhood, Kenio and Iván later would get into the skateboard and punk rock culture. Accompanied by Beto on bass and Tambo on drums, Kenio and Iván blend punk, Latin and garage rock to create their unique sound.
Punk Will Never Die is actually a compilation album featuring eleven track of songs in Spanish and in English. According to Kenio, the songs were all from previous recordings and fan favorites. They translated some of the songs into English in content only, choosing not to translate them word for word. I have to say, listening to this album was a terrific experience for me. Los Seis Pistos have the punk rock formula down with slamming drums, awesome guitar riffs and a high octane delivery. Something else that I can say that surprises me - I found that I liked the Spanish songs better. The English tracks were good, but didn't feel genuine. The Spanish tracks had a better flow, especially El Punk No Morira (Punk Will Never Die) and No Puede Ser (It's Not OK).
Having never really immersed myself in the punk rock scene, I was extremely surprised to be jamming to Punk Will Never Die. I mean, I was playing air guitar and drumming to this album and even singing the lyrics once I got used to them. I listened to the album about six times, so I guess I would be able to sing the songs by now. With a terrific sound and a genuine love for what they do that comes out through their music, Los Seis Pistos is a band to keep an eye on and Punk Will Never Die was an excellent introduction to their slamming sound.