|From the mountains of Mexico to the Mississippi delta to the garages of 1960s America to the Hollywood silent film studios of yore, The Cooper Gamins cover some major musical ground with just guitar, drums and vocals (and the occasional less-than-fully-strung mandolin). With a sound that ramps up primitivism into a modernist atomic blast, they play what The Big Takeover hails as “raw cacophonic trash rock with wild child naiveté” with “dirty, unrepentant ‘bash the blues to hell’ delinquency.”It’s just what comes naturally to singer, guitarist and songwriter José Carmen and drummer Claus Lafania. The result is “a kinetic ball of lo-fi goodness,” as Rank and Revue described their 2012 debut EP on Saustex Media. Now with their 17-song strong first full album, Los Niños de Cobre (OUT NOW ON SAUSTEX MEDIA/COSMICA RECORDS), the duo splash their hotness onto the American roots’n’rock gumbo to offer a “potentially lethal mix,” as the San Antonio Current warns, of organic visionary indie music.
The Copper Gamins glean inspiration from a spectrum of sources, be it the Disney movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” (the slow mesmeric blues “Hold My Name”), Oscar Wilde (the passionate anarchic love song “Nightingale”), the logical nonsense of Lewis Carroll and Latin American literary magical realism (the simmering stop/start trickster’s tale “Silver Monkey”) or the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema (“Angelitos Negros,” a classic originally sung by screen idol Pedro Infante in the 1948 movie of the same name). And of course, guitarist, singer and songwriter Carmen’s avatar, Charlie Chaplin, and their shared gamin muse, doe-eyed actress Paulette Goddard.
Catch the band plying their trade during SXSW:
Wednesday March 13th 10:30 pm Karma Lounge105 East 5th Street (Between Congress and Brazos) Austin, Texas 78701512-469-0504 www.karmaloungeaustin.com
Official SXSW showcase – Saustex & Cosmica present:
7:30 The Beaumonts (Lubbock, TX – Saustex)
8:30 Hickoids (Austin, TX – Saustex)
9:30 Churchwood (Austin, TX – Saustex)
10:30 The Copper Gamins (DF, Mexico – Saustex/Cosmica)
11:10 Gaby Moreno (Guatemala/Los Angeles – Cosmica)
Midnight Pinata Protest (San Antonio, TX – Saustex/Cosmica)
1am La Santa Cecilia (Los Angeles, CA – Universal Music Latin)
Friday March 15th 1:30pm – Dog & Duck Pub
406 W 17th St Austin, TX 78701 (512) 479-0598 http://www.dogandduckpub.com/