‘Fused’ is the band Sucioperro’s fourth album and represents their first to be released through their own record label – Medals for everyone. Formed in 2002 the Scottish band released their first album in 2006 and have been on a steady roll since, combining heavy touring with regular album releases. Now here at Black Flag towers we always like to teach you something so for those of you wondering, you – apparently – pronounce the name “sooch-ee-oh-per-oh. This is a translation of ‘dirty dog’ in Spanish. (Feel free to use this insult the next time you’re on holiday in Spain and someone steals your sun lounger. Although, you may be better off learning it in German…)
‘Fused’ is a 12 track album and represents a move away from their previous showings with a darker and edgier sound. It takes you approx. 10 seconds to learn this as the first track, ‘A River of Blood’ bursts into your ear drums. With its repetitive, heavy distorted bass line running through the song its clear Sucioperro mean business. In fact you have to wait until the fifth track to give your ears a break from the heavy and fast intro’s with the song ‘Rabbits in boxes’ being a gentle song in comparison to the previous five.
Sucioperro show a good range throughout the album, veering from the almost indie punk (‘To Nothing’) to the downright thumpingly heavy (‘Pig Ravens’. Can you imagine a Pig Raven? Bacon with feathers….I digress). Whilst there is a good range shown across the album you don’t get the feeling that it’s a ‘wandering ship’ – that is to say the band seem to have a good idea throughout exactly where they want to go with each song. It’s not showcasing every musical style they could play but it is clear what genre they see themselves in.
With their own label and the freedom to release the music they want to make one can only see Sucioperro continuing on their new ‘darker’ path, experimenting with new ideas and avenues but always staying true to their roots and beliefs. Sounds good to me!
Words: Brian McKay