When Editor and all round top geezer Samuel Valdes Lopez offered me a hot Mexican I was somewhat confused. Was this an invitation to dinner or a date with Ana de la
Reguera or both? Either would be quite acceptable.
The reality of his invitation appeared as a copy of the new album from Mexican art rockers Porter.
Moctezuma is high octane stuff. From the opening tune ‘Murciélago’ hits the beat the band takes off. New vocalist David Velasco’s powerful, almost falsetto tones are to the fore.
There is a progressive feel to the album with sizzling guitars and bubbling synthesizers interweaving and counter pointing each other throughout the disc. ‘M Bosque’ finds the band in Yes territory. Soaring keyboards, strange sound effects and harmony vocals reminiscent of Jonsi in a 6 minute epic that includes whistling.
‘La China’ is an example of how radio friendly Porter’s sound can be and ‘Tsunami’ reveals a subtle cleverness in the band’s songwriting. Did I say they were Mexican? Progressive, punchy, and oozing with creativity, what’s not to like?
Go on then, I’ll have the Mexican veggie wraps.