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I'll put the disclaimer right here: I know Bambino Koresh. I'm their friend. I've played music and written songs with bassplayer Tom since the early 90s. Pretty much all of his recorded output has been released on Half A Cow. His wife, and BK guitarist/singer, Leticia first came to our attention when she sent a demo cassette to Half A Cow of a Sneeze song 'Baby Asleep' in the late 90s. I remember ringing up Tom and saying, "We've been covered! By a Spanish girl!" We were very excited. It always is when someone does one of your songs. A few years later, we’re on a European Sneeze Tour when Tom and Leti fall in love. And drummer Sarah I've gotten to know around the trappings of inner-city Sydney.
Okay, so I'm probably going to sound biased when it comes to talking about the three-track demo Bambino Koresh sent to us a few months ago. So here goes.
WOW! This is top-shelf ROCK AND ROLL! All songs written by Leticia Nischang (a German-Argentinian brought up in Spain) except 'Terracotta Warrior' (co-written with Tom) which is one of the best songs I've heard in a very long time. You hear it once and it's stuck in your head all day, no! all week. Even if I wasn't a buddy of the BK crew, I'd be singing the same praise for this song. It's pop-punk with a strong melody, insanely catchy chorus and a street-smart female vocal delivery that makes you want to hit the rewind switch and play it again. Leti is is also a damn fine guitarist and tops 'Terracotta Warrior' with a pocket-sized Crazy Horse solo that works perfectly.
'Red Spot Always Meant Sale' is a cute title that has turned into an art-punker and now every time I go shopping and see a red sticker I launch into said song.
'Just Accept It' is a little bit more laidback than the other two tracks and shows off Bambino Koresh's country-rock leanings - the sort of country that wouldn't be out place on a Neil Young album.
I've had the good fortune to see Bambino Koresh live and they ROCKED. It was all go, man. AND it was a Monday night. I'm scared to see them on a Friday or Saturday. They would blow the block away. Tom has taken to the bass like Foxtel to Simpsons, he has 'full command of the key notes and the space between them' ™. Drummer Sarah Moor bashes away, keeping perfect time, but loose enough to make it a pleasure to listen to. Bambino Koresh. Leticia Nischang. That Terracotta band. Names to remember. Names heading for the TOP. -ND