Bam Bam is the most promising indie rock band to come out of Mexico in recent years. Their first EP gave us a taste of psychedelic rock laced with pop-minded vocals. Blogs in Mexico began to take notice, as did the Mexican division of the indie label Arts & Crafts, which signed the young Monterrey-based group. With all ears on the young Regiomontana band, the expectations were high; you could even say they were “out of this world.” But as any great band in musical history, they surpassed expectations and brought a new sound to Mexican indie rock not yet heard with Futura Vía.
The first two tracks serve as quite a momentous introduction for the album. “Metaron, Hijo Estelar” starts off with quiet church-like vocals before blasting off into a barrage of reverb and screeching electronics. The lyrics that tell you “It is time to leave this godforsaken planet and to fly towards a new galaxy.” The second track, “Hipondromo” brings you to more of a pop terrain with a catchy harmony and an equally whimsical melody.
The entire album is pristine and complete. I would highly recommend listening to it in one sitting. If it came down to one track to really showcase how groundbreaking this album is, it would be “Absimatico,” the most commercially viable track behind the first single “Ragatron,” with its fist-clinching, heart-pounding psychedelic guitar riffs and Luxor’s gorgeous echoing vocals that provide the extra adrenaline. This track brings you an extreme point between exciting vulnerability and introspection. This is the climatic point to a jaw-dropping album.
Now, deciding this album’s status among other great Mexican rock albums is a bit premature, but one things for sure: This album breaks any preconceived notion in what a Mexican indie band can achieve. While it’s bands like Le Butcherettes and Chikita Violenta that steal the spotlight here in the U.S., it’s only a matter of time before Bam Bam’s name is mentioned more and more on your typical indie blogs. What’s next for Bam Bam is uncertain. Violence in their hometown has hampered them from playing regularly, and like other Monterrey bands (She’s a Tease, Quiero Club) they may be forced to find new options in the D.F. or, if we’re lucky, in our country.
Watch the music video for “Ragatron” by Bam Bam below.