Friday 13 September 2013


This post's artist is from the August 2013 Mix. This is track #14.
You can download the August 2013 Mix right here.

GenresPunk / Rock / Math Rock / Emo / Shoegaze /
Related artistsSylvie, The War Doves, Geronimo and Anatta.
Country: Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA
Years Active: 2001-2004 (2012 reunion)
Song: "Plants"
Album: "The People And Their Verses"
Year: 2005
For fans of: Q And Not You, At The Drive In, Desiderata, Encrypt Manuscript,
                    North Of America, The Holy Shroud, Bear Vs. Shark, Big Dick and
                    Franz Ferdinand.

DESPISTADO was a Canadian band stranded in the middle nowhere. The band was short-lived but very influential - and those passionate about the band are really passionate.

I would describe the band and their sound as the following. Efficiency, my friends.
-the vocalist doesn't sing out of tune, but he can't exactly hold a note, either, and the vocals on the EP can end up sounding like Billy Werner of Hot Cross and Franz Ferdinand on the final LP
-the instrumental section produces awkward jangly rhythms that compliment/drive the vocals
-the most accurate comparisons would be North of America/The Holy Shroud meets At The Drive In/Encrypt Manuscript

I would strongly this to any fan of catchy, jangly rock music with half sung/shouted vocals. Super chill. Extra bounce.

Good luck finding this stuff - even physical copies on ebay for cheap. I personally hate shelling out $7 for a digital release when a cd would usually cost me $3 more - but I found no other way. Regardless, both digital albums were worth the money I paid.


2002 - The Emergency Response cdEP

2005 - The People And Their Verses cdEP

(2002) DESPISTADO - "Can I Please Have an Order of Girl with a Side of Confused" (from 'The Emergency Response' cd)
(2005) DESPISTADO - "Burning House" (from 'The People And Their Verses' cd) VIDEO

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