Miguel y el comite…candombe rock from Uruguay

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Here’s a little  track off this really great reissue by Lion Productions of yet another obscure Uruaguayan band that these guys have helped  new ears hear once again. These guys have been really doing some great work unearthing some great South American rock gems, shedding light on some of those truly seminal bands (El Kinto,Limonada, Aguaturbia) that created invigorating new styles and forms and not just simply regurgitating Anglo rock in some second rate form. This release one of their latest, a CD only reissue of a 1971 album by one of Uruguay’s most intriguing bands that rocked the scene with a wicked blend of highly drum heavy candombe rhythms, with some heavy doses of fuzz, great arrangements and a killer sound all the way through. Here’s the info in their own words, plus what’s great is coming in 2011 they’re shifting gears to other parts including  Mexico to reissue a pair of Lp’s by Los Dug Dug’s and on vinyl! Puro rock Duranguense. Can’t wait. EB

CD notes:

“El Syndikato made Miguel Livichich a rock star in South America; but it was his sole effort as “Miguel y el Comité” that made him a groove-loving crate-digger’s dream! Livichich left El Syndikato, and in an instant, formed another band, joining forces with an existing group called Feeling Rock. This new group was called Miguel y el Comité (Miguel and the Committee)—a clear allusion to Livichich’s previous group (the Syndicate), and also a demonstration of his leadership role; even though Miguel y el Comité worked as a proper band in their structure, Miguel Livichich made all decisions concerning the group. As Livichich recalled, “I told them, I want a band to join me, but we all work together… more rock and candombe and a few things more commercial. Accept, and we make a titanic effort. An aggressive launch. I do not lie, in fifteen days we were recording the LP. It was pin, pin and we were playing at all dances. It was amazing working with Miguel y el Comité.”That band’s 1971 album, with Livichich firmly at the helm, fused the local candombe rhythm with beat music in an unusual and aggressive (oft-times funky, break-beat) way. Miguel y el Comité played mostly original songs, but they also mixed in covers of tracks by other Uruguayan bands. They were the first to sing hits by other groups (El Kinto, Los Shakers), which added a new dimension to the burgeoning Uruguayan scene. Percussion plays a key role in the band’s sound, although the guitar playing is most distinctive: sometimes melodic, at other times carving a path through the mix, with a hard and acid distorted fuzz guitar sound, as on the title track and the fabulous cover of El Kinto’s ‘Qué me importa.’ Dynamite!”

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