If you’re the type of person who’s happiest tucked up in bed at nine with a copy of Good Housekeeping, you should probably stop reading – this isn’t the band for you (of course, no judgement in that respect).
If, however, your interest is piqued when you hear the words synth, pop, and/or Mexican, you’re in for a real treat. This month will forever be remembered as the month Mexican Radio released their long-awaited second album Deconstruction / Reconstruction.
The snappy, synth-heavy opener summarises everything we love about this exciting new trio in a succinct four minutes and fifty-four seconds: they’re electro-loving hedonists with a neo-punk edge. The punchy vocals, the delightfully messy weaving melody lines – it’s a totally unique sound that’s criminally underrated.
There’s a meatiness to their songwriting that you, dear reader, should be paying attention to. Inspired by the Russian Nihilist movement, failed coups, and women’s rights in Latin America (to name but a few) – this is a band with substance behind the style.
Reconstruction is an intriguing project which doesn’t take itself too seriously, but certainly doesn’t shy away from touchy subject areas.
Concerning the title of the record, vocalist and synth player Dyan explains: “Most of us can’t relate to throwing a bomb at an emperor’s carriage, but I think we can all understand that feeling of desperation when you’re backed into a corner and the only way out of a situation is to destroy everything around you.” The concept of rebuilding is key to this album: it tells the tale of starting afresh from a variety of different and curious narratives.
Even if you’re not necessarily in need of a life-reboot, you’ll find something to raise your eyebrows to in this record. Deconstruction / Reconstruction is an intriguing project which doesn’t take itself too seriously, but certainly doesn’t shy away from touchy subject areas. Here’s hoping Mexican Radio stick around for a while – it seems like they’ve got something important to say.