Scottish rock outfit Sucioperro, known for their distinctly distinctive name (it means ‘Angry dogs’ in Spanish…sort of, I asked two Spanish speakers and their answers were miles from that) and front man JP Reid’s part in rock duo Marmaduke Duke with Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil,
have an upcoming album, The Heart String, And How To Pull It, due for release on March 7th. But if that’s just too far away, Sucioperro had some creative flow left over, enough in fact to release a six-track EP called Reflexes of the Dead. If you want to get a good idea of whether this band are worth following (other than their very name HELLO?!) then this a solid release to get you interested.
The first song you’ll hear popping this in your player, title track Reflexes Of The Dead, will also be on the forthcoming album, and what a sub lime opening it is. Delicately placed and played acoustic guitar with a xylophone backing track sprint towards a grandiose chorus, with the electric guitar and bass following the vocal rhythm (JP Reid’s vocals accompanied by pipes of the female persuasion) so nicely you won’t know whether to prance around like a rocking idiot or bask in the splendid lyricism. Throw in a sweet guitar solo followed by a perfectly placed quiet reprise of the chorus near the end and you have a song that could have easily carried this release by itself.
Track two Puppets exhibits Sucioperro’s startling ability in adding variety to their pieces. It doesn’t follow on perfectly from the previous number, but that’s OK; rather to be at odds than to be totally forgettable. The disjointed rhythm however really suits the song subject matter, with the guitar and bass well wrenched around each other.
Third song down the list We Take Shelter from the trouble we’re in, again very distinct from what came before it, feels very reminiscent of Futureheads in its party friendly beat, the effects on the singing helping to draw attention to the intricacies of the stringed instruments.
I Love It When Stevie Dances, the fourth track on the CD, is scary in how quickly you’ll be singing along with it. What I love is the opening line: “Let me get straight to the point: I wouldn’t fuck you in a month of Sundays”; what a perfect piece of song writing that is, but it’s Reid’s vocals that really make it, the way he heightens the pitch in the chorus shouting “I love it” shows it’s not about having a great voice, it’s your placing of it in the song that gives it the edge.
Following on in the vein of the second song, penultimate number Finally Found It is a very club friendly alternative indie song (yes you can get those) made addictive by percussion playing ala drummer Fergus Munro, an ultimately different bag to everything else prior making it unlikely to be the favoured track of the EP but nevertheless it’s a good’un.
Capping it off is Send away the Wolves; a fairly relaxed anthem with bass playing by Stewart Chown that carries that song so inexplicably well its…unexplainable. Whilst the lyrics are marvellously detailed and inventive the drumming sounds a little too distracting and overall the piece is just a little too short and a little too restrained, but like everything else on this EP it’s highly pleasing.
And there you have it: an overall solid collection of songs that demonstrate a diverse mixing of styles, a solid balance between quiet and booming tones and song writing that feels inspired by a higher power, this could have been just a simple single but instead rose to something of huge notability. The release of the next full length studio album will be soon enough…but that’s not soon enough…