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It’s always nice when a band arrives to give this website an international flavour. Such is the anglo-centric nature of the rock ’n’ pop universe that any English-language music blog is likely to lean heavily towards music from the two homes of modern popular music, the USA and the UK.

This blog being somewhat inclined to pop music of the jangly guitar variety, Sweden is also well represented (Abba might even have been mentioned at one stage!), but I’ve also featured estimable contributions from Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Jamaica, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines and Spain.¹

Nonetheless, that still leaves plenty of scope for expanding this blog’s global reach and so we head to Guadalajara, the second most populous city in Mexico. Until now its probably been best known on this side of the Atlantic for Banks’s save and Moore’s tackle but it should be renowned as a major industrial and cultural centre, home to international film festival and book fairs.

It also boasts a vibrant underground music scene, judging by this magnificently monikered blend of garage guitars and bass lines that sound like a brutal coming together of the Fall and Joy Division. No mariachi here.

Lorelle Meets the Obsolete :: What’s Holding You?

If Lorelle Meets the Obsolete are as far from the traditional sound of Latin America as you might imagine, then this five-piece from Southampton will only add to the geographical confusion. Described as noir-americana, the new sound of Hampshire is closer to New Mexico than it is to the New Forest. This is the outstanding track from the band’s debut EP, Devil’s Rope.

New Desert Blues :: Eli

There’s no such confusion where Sea Wolf are concerned. The LA-based vehicle for the songwriting and singing talents of Alex Brown have released three LPs, two of which have been previously showcased here. The third, Old World Romance, was released in 2012 and this track’s relentless refrain demands attention.

Sea Wolf :: Priscilla

All of which is enough americana for now. What we need is a buzz from “Milwaukee’s premier Band on the Run tribute”.

Dogs in Ecstasy :: Buzz

Band on the Run is the 1973 LP from Paul McCartney and Wings. It was the ex-Beatle’s most successful post-Beatles record and in 2000 Q magazine placed it at number 75 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever, the most predictable list since I popped to the shops for bread and milk. I promise this is the last time I’ll mention McCartney’s post-Lennon career.

Paul McCartney and Wings :: Band on the Run

Photo: Mariachi – San Antonio, Texas, 30 December 2010 by Anja Johnson; some rights reserved.

¹ And possibly others that I have regrettably forgotten about.

Twitter: Lorelle Meets the Obsolete; New Desert Blues; Sea Wolf; Dogs in Ecstasy.

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