SONIDO GALLO NEGRO [psychedelic cumbia - Mexico]

Music (April 2014) “A quick look at Sonido Gallo Negro (Black Rooster Sound) suggests that they might be the Mexican equivalent of Chrome Hoof with their multiply skilled musicians playing under hoods and playing music that drips with atmosphere and mysticism. That is where the comparison ends but it has some validity as S G N seem to be as much a clan as a band. Musically they are incredible. Latinate rhythms and a lead instrument of a Theremin (!) – they are occasionally psychedelic and completely ‘out there’. The Theremin lead gives the music a real sense of strangeness but the Mexicali guitars take them somewhere into party land and the Cumbia rhythms are utterly invigorating…”


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