Trea­sured Mem­o­ries 6/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - BUD SCOPPA

A 21st-cen­tury band from East LA

Formed by Ve­nan­cio ‘Benny’ Bermudez and three friends in the Boyle Heights sec­tion of East la, The Tracks don’t make the kind of mu­sic you might ex­pect from off­spring of the city’s un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants. The band’s de­but al­bum is a dy­namic hy­brid of Nuggets-era garage rock, ’80s new wave and Strokes-like metro­nomics, with Bermudez’s keen­ing tenor de­mand­ing at­ten­tion. His full-throt­tle in­ten­sity on songs like “Go Out Tonight” and “Hus­tle” evokes the young Bono, while, on “Strange Mo­ments” and “Hang­ing On”, he emotes with the hy­per-sen­si­tiv­ity of Mor­ris­sey. Bermudez’s histri­on­ics be­come ex­haust­ing over the course of the al­bum; when he learns self-con­trol, this promis­ing band will be a force to be reck­oned with.

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