Surfacing from Bath in England – Patrick Fenton (Vocals / Guitar), Luke Russe (Drums), Jimmy Goodyer (Guitar) and Michael Owen (Bass) form the agit-rock band El Topo.
Flooding from the speakers like a breached damn El Topo deliver a frenetic pace of two guitars which grapple with each other. Much like watching greyhounds racing around the track each element of the band takes position to deliver greatest impetus off the bend, giving the compositions an engaging organic flow as one moment the guitars lead the way, next the bass, then the drum and surprisingly even the vocal is that which others are chasing to catch up.
Given the hive of activity it would be easy to assume El Topo must all collapse into a collision, but far from it as from within the threshing machine emerges compositions of instrumental context and lyrical acidity.
These are evidently a quartet with considerable song-writing and delivery capability who are able to express their intense frustrations with a societal construct that bears no relation to the needs of 99% who seem to happily remain subservient to the 1% whilst retaining a message that is readily understood by the audience without strain and a delivery that has you heading for the mosh pit with joyful abandon.
Formed last year El Topo is a studio band with eight tracks behind them, to get to know, I only hope they manage to find time to reach out to a live audience too.
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