We love our partnerships with like-minded labels in the reissue game. Munster Records is among the labels we distribute, and one of their most recent offerings (available now from our catalog) is this rare collection of singles from Los Saicos, an influential Peruvian band whose output is limited to six singles released between 1965 and 1966. This compilation represents the entirety of the band’s recordings. Here’s Munster’s description of the title:
With only six singles released between 1965 and 1966, and from an apparently remote place such as Lima, Peru, Los Saicos created a raw, wild and visceral sound, the Southern Hemisphere equivalent of the garage rock that was coming out of the US North West at the same time. Theirs is the same DNA shared by The Sonics, Rocket From The Tombs, The Cramps and Black Lips.
This set of all six 45s recorded between 1965-1966 by what must have been the grooviest Peruvians in existence is pretty revelatory. Sure, it’s easy to call yourself Saicos, but to back it up with primitive garage rock, growling Halloween vocals that sound like Lord Sutch before he has his coffee, and genuine strange guitar sounds makes them the real deal, and this a real discovery. Available as a CD or a 6 single box set, this is pretty much a must have.
This band may be the Monks of Peru (although, for all I know Peru may be swarming with monasteries and there may be some kind of incredibly negative connotations — pardon my ignorance). Despite recording what on the surface should be pretty standard garage tunes, the energy, weirdness and dark joy in this tunes makes Los Saicos the most original South American rock n roll band ever!!
And here’s a trailer for a documentary about the band:
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