There's only thing you can bank on when you're confronted with Las Kellies: to expect the unexpected. From the raw rock & roll of their 2007 debut 'Shaking Dog' – described by the great Everett True as “entirely ace” – to the Devo and ESG influenced sound of 2009's follow-up 'Kalimera', this Argentinian three-piece have carved out a reputation for ripping up the form-book, delving into their box of magic tricks and serving up something entirely different.
And so it is again on their third album 'Kellies': whether it's embracing what they term as their “new sound” of groove-laden and irresistibly catchy post-punk or recruiting reggae legend Dennis Bovell to help in the studio, it's the sound of a band who always keep things fresh.
'Prince In Blue' kicks things of with its post-punk riffs and tongue-in-cheek barbs. Potential suitors, beware: no nice boys are ever going to capture these girls' hearts. “You've been treating me just too well/ Too much pressure, I'm going to hell,” they taunt, brushing unwanted attention away. 'Keep The Horse', meanwhile, flippantly recounts the tale of a divvying up of marital assets (“Charlie will be his/ Debbie will be hers”) and gossiping acquaintances (“Your rent is in arrears/ And your neighbours are all ears”) over a nagging helter-skelter riff that's reminiscent of fellow South American's CSS.
On 'Bling Bling', they eye up your wallet size before considering romance (“I'm a bounty hunter, looking for your gold”), while 'Erase You' is a series of stinging retorts to a former paramour: “I'm gonna erase you, just like a drawing/ Erase you, flush you like my toilet”.