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You won’t find them on Google, at least not yet, but you might might New Mexico, formerly Apes of Wrath, lying down in the alley, Ilegal Mezcal in hand, fresh from trying to kick Stuart Copeland’s ass at their preferred hang. While not the limelight seekers of Copeland’s peak years with The Police, this formidable triage have the same aesthetic approach – simple, fluid, well-crafted rock and roll with oomph. Tell Gordon Sumner. Tell Devo, Wire, and Mission of Burma too, neighborhood-friendly heavy garage pop is back to thrash, alive and well in our post-chillwave paradigm.
Known as a live juggernaut, New Mexico were recently nominated for best local at the 2010 San Diego Music Awards and was handpicked by LA’s Aquarium Drunkard to perform at Waved Out. Before closing out the year, New Mexico release their debut under the new namesake. It’s called Have You Met My Friend, and you’ll meet it on shelves and on iTunes November 16th.