Juan Pablo Mazzola, main man of Argentinian powerpop band Baby Scream has collected the best stuff from his back catalog for an album with the self-deprecating title Greatest Failures. The oldest songs date from 2006, proof that he had high standards from the get-go. Had he been carrying an English passport, changes are that he would have been all over the front page of magazines like NME. He is into Britpop with a twist. The Beatles are obviously a big influence, especially George Harrison's guitar tone features prominently.
Mazzolla always finds a way to get his vocals upfront, even when the band lets rip in a track like Every Day (I Die A Little Bit). With a sharp eye for his daily surroundings, he can tell a full story within three minutes or less. If Tim Burton ever tries his hand on a movie about Jekyll & Hyde, he need look no further for the main theme of his soundtrack. Recommended if you like Jordan Galland and The Real Tuesday Weld.
Greatest Failures is released on Eternal Sunday Records.Tracks:
- Every Day (I Die A Little Bit)
- Ups & Downs
- The Riots
- Morning Light
- Ojos Orientales
- Jekyll & Hyde
- The Ghosts Of Valerie (feat. Eric Dover)
- Hit And Run
- Secret Place
- Achin’ Eyes
HCTF review of Baby Scream (Special Extended Edition).