Featured: Bam Bam - "Ragatrón"


Feature: Bam Bam - "Ragatrón"
Arts & Crafts Mexico

Bam Bam is perhaps, the most lauded and best critically-perceived band hailing from the Nene Records catalog. It was once Monterrey’s best-kept secret, but the band is on its way to conquer a broader audience now that they’re signed under Arts & Crafts (Mexico). Early in 2008, the band released its first self-titled record, which we described as “a consequence of pop music’s transcoding into scattered rock, one that breathes youth and exhales a virtuous shrewd of instrumental & lyrical skill.” This was the moment we recognized the Bam Bam as one of Mexico’s true new great bands. Bam Bam’s landscape-defying rock surprised us and moved us. It also came to reaffirm our skepticism towards other crowd-pleasing Mexican bands (Zoe, Bengala, etc), who despite making honest efforts, were simply not very stimulating.

“Ragatrón” is the leading single off their new record Futura Vía, produced by Bam Bam’s Mou & Martin Thulin. It only takes a second into the song to feel you’re being lifted to a higher ground; it’s a whimsical dance-battle among light, instruments, and electronic swarms. The soundscape in “Ragatrón” is as packed as our galaxy, yet it gravitates with ease among the gas dust, cosmic rays, and all that stellar matter surrounding intergalactic space. And you get to this setting just with the instrumental core. The lyrics narrate a beautiful story; ‘Ragatron’ seems to be the name of a very kind galactic creature/force who invites a ‘lost dreamer’ into a life-changing journey. The time-jumping adventure makes him experience space, glimpse the great extinction (of Dinasours? Humans?), and tells him he is not lost: “no estas perdido, eres lo que falta en la ecuación.”

17 comments:

  1. boring, second-rate Porters wannabes

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  2. Jean-Stephane BeriotFebruary 24, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Regatron makes Reptilectric seem like a not-so-funny faded joke.

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  3. Recuerdo que cuando recien salio Bam Bam, todos los rockers, hipsters, etc. de Mexico no sabian ni que hacer, estabamos todos acostumbrados a otras cosas, y que llegara algo asi, tan bueno, tan de sorpresa, nos desenchufo por un buen rato. (durante la era de Flaming Milk)

    Despues llego el Club Fonograma y 'sento cabeza' de que habia posibilidades para hacer musica de calidad. Estara interesante ver si ahora que ya hay mas atencion y todos vamos entiendo el pedo, ya se pongan las cosas en orden, y se le reconozca mas ampliamante a las buenas bandas Mexicanas tipo Bam Bam, Piyama Party, Los Margaritos, Nos Llamamos etc.

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  4. Estos vatos van a tocar al Vive Latino, y la neta, solo voy a verlos a ellos. (bueno, tambien a la BULBO por supuesto).

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  5. Is that the album cover. Love it.

    ((the song too))

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  6. pinche banda culera.

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  7. This is really really good. Half-way it gets so good, the end is phenomenal.

    Yup. For all of us that don't like the whole Zoe/Bengala/DivisionMinuscula channel, we got Bam Bam.

    I get a feeling they might hide themselves a bit too much in their own galaxy, and I'm especially worried they might not deliver those catchy "Sin Las Patas Traseras" or "Trepabalcones", and go for the darker hooks, which is fine, but Bam Bam's shines with movement.

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  8. JULIO PILLADO dijo:
    Siempre se aprecia algo bueno y sobre todo que lo produzca el genio de Martin Thulin le da bastante credibilidad, me encanta la psicodelia de la rola, ojala vengan a tijuana a descubrir lo "off beat" de la escena local , como es el caso de BAM BAM

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  9. ya no se metan eso, chavos...

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  10. jajaja, el típico comentario de "pues de cual fuman?" que no deja de ser un típico comentario que harían mis papás o mis tíos.

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  11. regeton, me heche una dormidita...

    no, it's actually pretty nice

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  12. La voz es muy Juan Son, la hubiera cantado Luxor...

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  13. aaa pinche fan de porter, seguro tambien eres fan de matrix reloaded y twilight.

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  14. moe se volvio bien fan de chetes que mal!

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