Last Thursday we drove over to JT Soar in Nottingham to watch my favourite Valencian trio play to a full house in a room the size of an average British living room.
I first came across Betunizer two years ago whilst scouring the record shops of Barcelona for cool and interesting Spanish and Catalan bands. An assistant sorted me out a stack of about twenty CDs to listen to, and Betunizer’s third album, Gran Veta, was about halfway down the pile – this is now one of my top albums of all time.
Opening act Soul Structure blasted a twisting post-hardcore punk-jazz with intense bass and drums interplay, scratchy lizarding guitar and pained vocals – they’ll hopefully be playing at The Situation later in the year, and I’ll be playing something from their recent album on Loose Canon in the next week or two.
Grey Hairs power-drove through an excellent set of guitar-driven garage punk with angsty vocals.
Crammed into the corner of a small sweaty room, drummer Marcos Junquera breaks into the unsettling opening beat of Camilo Jose Shellac, first track from the recent album Enciende Tu Lomo. Bassist Pablo Peiro folds into the rhythm, with a deceptively basic line. Now the distinctive jagged chords of Jose Guerrero erupt – this is the sound of Betunizer, three guys each with their own very defined styles of play, fitting together like the parts of some fantastic machine. Marcos Junquera’s drumming is phenomenal, with circlic rhythms, syncopated breaks and masterful precision. Pablo Peiro’s bass is always punchy, often off-beat and counter-intuitive with twisted runs, slides and burbles. Jose Guerrero’s guitar style is frenetic broken rhythms, with forays into aetherial dream sounds. Betunizer are post-hardcore, post-punk, post-noise, and sound like no other band on Earth.
Find them, love them, see them live.