/ Mount Peru / Sand Reckoner / Pariah Beat
Thursday, Aug 09, 2012 9:00 PM EDT
Great Scott, Allston, MA
18 years and over
Guillermo Sexo was born in early 2004 from
the sometimes twisted, always strange minds of Jess Barnett and Reuben Bettsak. The two started the band with the desire to create well-crafted songs with major rhythms. In 2007 most of the original members left the band except for Reuben Bettsack. He joined forces with singer Noell Dorsey and the new era of Guillermo Sexo was born. Some of their collective influences are Hugo Largo, Roy Orbison, John Fahey, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Patti Smith, the Cocteau Twins, Guided by Voices, the Police, Love, Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground, and an array of Cuban music.
“Oh Wow,” the 10-song, debut album by Guillermo Sexo, is out now, and the Sexos want you to listen. The band describes their sound as Panamanian sex rock, but it’s a bit more complicated than that. Take the rawness of Barnett’s Siouxsie Sioux-inspired vocals, combine it with Bettsak’s psychedelic, noisy guitar riffs and the mad beats of a Police-obsessed drummer (Mark Fede), and add the loud, solid bass sounds brought by Sean Sprecher, and you have a close approximation of the Sexo sound. The album mixes French, Spanish, and English lyrics with both bright melodies and dark lyrics, creating a world that’s hectic, eerie, and deliberate.