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Espantapajaros / Press

““Espantapajaros takes its name from frontman Pablo Espantapajaros, who leads a furious garage-rock band that sprang from Buenos Aires and sunk roots here in Houston. The music is frenetic, bombastic and reminds of guitar monsters from yesteryear.””


“El grupo houstoniano de rock psicodélico Espantapájaros, proyecto encabezado por el guitarrista y cantante argentino Pablo Espantapájaros, presentó el sábado su primer disco en Estados Unidos, Siguiendo a la estrella en el club Walter´s. Pablo Espantapájaros, en entrevista telefónica, explica que Siguiendo a la estrella es una reedición del disco del mismo nombre, la cual estuvo hecha por él mismo y su guitarrista el venezolano Diego Fernández, y que sacó en Argentina en el año 2005 con las canciones Psicotrópico, Where Do You Go?, Lo que ves, Ruedan y Wing Sun Disc.”

"All you gringos out there better listen up: Some, maybe even most, of the best rock and roll in town right now is en español. This became even clearer a little later on at Havana, thanks to the Hendrix/Zeppelin/Black Crowes onslaught that was Espantapajaros. A shaggy-haired wisp of a man, Pablo Espantapajaros is an absolute demon on the guitar, and the airtight three-piece band behind him set up a rolling groove that could have been transplanted from the Fillmore in San Francisco or that long-lost dingy London basement where the Yardbirds first started spreading their wings." - Chris Gray - Houston Press

Chris Gray - Houston Press

“Following the Star has been a long time coming - the five-song EP is Houston guitarist extraordinaire Pablo Espantapajaros’ first release since relocating to the Bayou City from his native Argentina in 2006. In the interim, Espantapajaros and mates Diego Fernandez, Erol Kuscu and Antonio Gonzalez have become one of Houston’s best rock bands in English or Spanish, collecting three consecutive Houston Press Music Award Best Latin Contemporary nominations. Despite its brief running time, Star makes room for a few surprises - for a band that picks up comparisons to classic rockers like the Rolling Stones, Santana and the Black Crowes (who do pop up, big time, on the uber-mellow “Lo Que Ves” and “Ruedan”) like pocket lint, the recorded version of “Psicotropico” comes out much closer to Matthew Sweet’s buzzy early-‘90s alt-pop. Which is not a bad thing at all. Besides releasing Star Saturday, Espantapajaros will premiere the video for choppy garage rocker “Where Do You”

Chris Gray - Houston Press

“El deseo de trascender en la música fue el motor que hizo que el rockero argentino Pablo Espantapájaros dejara Buenos Aires y llegara a Houston buscándose la vida como artista. Espantapájaros, de 36 años, no quiere dar su apellido real. A cambio, porta el artístico con orgullo porque es también el nombre de su grupo. ...”

““With Houston's long history as an exporter of musical talent, it's worth noting when things turn in the other direction. Take Argentinian import Pablo Espantapajaros, Houstonian since 2006. Singing in a mix of English and Spanish, the shaggy-haired alt-rocker has been churning out some of the city's best rock ever since. Espantapajaros's incendiary guitar draws shades of Neil Young, Hendrix and the Black Crowes, with an occasional burst of power-pop (think Richard Lloyd-assisted Matthew Sweet) that helps keep the psychedelic haze from getting overly thick.” ”

Nicholas L. Hall - Houston Press