rock has yet to make music history and Portron Portron Lopez can be the ones
doing it. The
group anointed themselves the successors of AC/DC. It’s not a bad idea in
itself; the Aussies have seen better days.
trio is not from the other side of the world and they have yet to fill
stadiums. What they do have is the audacity of youth and solid musical talent
that stirs up a crowd. People aren’t headbanging in the way AC/DC’s boogie
blues elicit that vertical reaction. Instead, Portron Portron Lopez’s music prompts
the horizontal moves of shaking hips. What else can happen with the frenzied
tempo of afrobeat topped with some insane rock and wild drumming?
of the three musicians are guitarists driving the music like two race cars up a
mountain road trying to overtake one another, even on bends. The first record
of this self-proclaimed “power trio of Carribean psychedelic garage rock”
sounds like every speed possible on a low-visibility drive along a cliffside.
The afrobeat is filled with instrumental post-rock and noise music. Overall, it
is an invitation to dance and laugh from these Captain Beefheart Fans.
“De colère et d’envie” is the name of their
first album; the titles of each track sum up the offbeat nature of this whole
thing. Between ‘Jouffu’ and ‘BichetteII’ lies a whole world of choppy tambourines and fret buzz galore
born out of the trio’s symbiosis. They only take things seriously with their
music as a whole. Their sound is solid but not rigid, exceptional but not
boastful and their prowess with their instruments shines in every piece. The
guitar sounds can paint the picture of a cutter-shredded masterpiece just as
skillfully as the serene landscape of sunset over Limoges.
than their songlist and their distinctively named production company Sacrebleu Productions, you won’t find as
much about Portron Portron Lopez online as you would with AC/DC. Check them out
before they become too famous.