2017-04-24 EP REVIEW – RAISE MY KILT "Gaitas and tanos" (2016)

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Raise My Kilt “Gaitas y tanos” EP, digital release, Wagner Records
Release date: December 28, 2016
Running time: 13:09, 4 tracks

Argentina is the third country of South America in terms of population and the fifth country of the whole America (North, Central and South). While there is a burgeoning Celtic punk/rock scene in Brazil, we have had no news from Argentinian bands. This was a little bit weird, as 70% of the Spanish emigration to Argentina were Galician people. Last year a band from Rosario was featured on Celtic Folk Punk and More: Index Of. A couple of bagpipes punk songs were included on their debut album, but it was not a full Celtic punk album. Recently, we were contacted by a “real” Celtic punk rock band from Buenos Aires: Raise My Kilt. A couple of videos for songs from their first EP can be found on our YouTube channel and now we’re posting our thoughts about the “Gaitas and tanos” EP.

Raise My Kilt were founded in 2013 and they are Carlos Caverna (bass and vocals), Mariano Miramontes (electric guitar and vocals), Pablo Gadea (Highland and small pipes), Damián Giancarlo (electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin), Diego Guyón Moreno (banjo and acoustic guitar) and Manuel Magariños (drums). “Gaitas and tanos” was released at the end of 2016 and consists of 4 tracks, an original, a Scottish tune, a 77 punk song and an Irish song.

Raise My Voice” is the only self-penned song. It’s the proof that the band can also write their own stuff.

I daresay that Raise My Kilt are the Argentinian answer to Black Tartan Clan. Both bands have pipes and banjo, and the sound is similar. Besides, Black Tartan Clan also covered Sham 69’s anthem “If the Kids Are United”. Don’t expect a carbon copy, Raise My Kilt deliver their own cover.

“Hector the Hero” gets a Celtic punk rock treatment that differs from the Wolfstone’s rendition, and it’s one of the EP hottest moments.

Wild Rover” is amazing too. Instead of following the usual approach, Raise My Kilt have based their cover on the version recorded by Stiff Little Fingers on their 1989 live album “See You Up There!

Gaitas and tanos” is a kick-ass EP to whet appetites. I’m looking forward to listening to the band’s debut album. Check out the videos at the bottom of this post and, if you like what you hear, buy their EP.

Track listing:

1 – Raise My Voice 3:01
2 – Hector the Hero 3:14
3 – If the Kids Are United 3:12
4 – Wild Rover 3:42    

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Review by Kinksmarkham




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