Have You Met my Friend? is an extension of the punk and New Wave of the 80s, here by way of pop and alt. A little Richard Hell, some Stooges, Clash, Killing Joke, Buzzcocks, and quite a wide variety of touchstones, actually, make their way fluidly throughout this long-form EP. Abused and Amused rocks with Police-ish energy and a set of contrast studies before breaking into an overdriven Rain Parade middle-eight. Motion Sickness commences the release with roughish vocals tightening up beautifully in the second cut, continuing the job in ongoing alternations through the remainder of the tracks. I was trying to figure out why there's an unusual feeling to this ensemble and then noticed it's a power trio, one of my favored modes even when simul-synching's employed. There's just a whole different flavor of creativity in threesomes: having to make up for that missing extra member or two, the sense of overreach supplies magic.
There's little new to New Mexico; rather, the band is like a good pork chop dinner: solid, meaty, and satisfying when you get tired of all the way-too-clever-by-half groups out there. If you find yourself a bit bored by the more famed blokes acclaimed in the past for a good deal more than they ever gave out (Green on Red, Gang of Four, Wire Train, etc.), this just might prove to be the jangled soma you've been reaching for. Three of the cuts pass the 5-minute mark and allow the gents a chance to stretch out, a challenge they handle well, indicating a side avenue of progressive tendencies—hence the Killing Joke comparison—that will probably bloom more intensely as New Mexico ponders its ultimate direction.
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