Brutus’ Daughters – ‘Hueso y Madera’ (2017)

By: Doug
Rating: 8/10
Release: 3 April 2017
Label: Independent / Bandcamp

I confess to never having heard of Brutus Daughters before now but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. Hueso Y Madera is a very entertaining cd from the opening bars of” De hueso y madera” to the hidden jig that closes the album the band manages to successfully merge Spanish and Celtic styles over top of a punk beat that sometimes resembles Green day or Yellowcard. All the instruments are played well, but that asturian bagpipe really locks down the tracks. The violin and bass also shine in almost every song with a solid punk guitar and drum foundation. The band is from Madrid Spain and sings mostly in Spanish dialects. The song Brazen is in English. I love the mournful violin that opens “ A lo lejos “and continues throughout . “Unidad “features the bass player and is one of the most memorable tracks. Tracks like “De hueso y madera” , “Carretera”, and”,6-4, 6-3, 6-3” are high energy and keep the party rolling along well. For me the highlight of the album is the song “Carcel”. The song allows every instrument and voice to shine and it brings a smile to my face each time I listen. I also like Brazen a bittersweet song that again allows the bagpipes, guitars and violin to shine through. The bands bio says that their lyrics reflect the value of friendship involved in the” shebeen” culture and also contain a socio-political message about the abuse of the underprivileged by those in authority. The rescue of endangered languages is also a concern.
I really enjoyed the album and look forward to the future of this great band.

01. De hueso y madera 01:14
02. Siguen existiendo 03:09
03. Carretera 03:03
04. A lo lejos 04:00
05. Unidad 03:24
06. 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 02:30
07. Cárcel 03:25
08. Verdugo 02:58
09. Brazen 04:19

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