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Alternatif et Indé - Released March 20, 2020 | Fire Records

Rock - Released October 14, 2016 | Fire Records

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Las Kellies' 2016 album, Friends & Lovers, is their first without original member Betty holding down bass duties, which is kind of sad. Also a bummer is the fact that the record isn't as good as their last one, 2013's Total Exposure. The remaining Kellies, drummer Silvina Costa and guitarist Cecilia Kelly, decided to chuck out almost all the funk and dub influences that worked a charm for them in the past in favor of a stripped-down, straight-ahead garage punk attack. Only a few tracks have any of the loopy reverb-heavy dub ("Sundays") and rubbery beats ("Sugar Beat") that made Total Exposure such a delight. The rest of the album is lashed down with standard-issue distorted guitars, four-four drums, and vocals that follow the chord changes pretty closely. Some of them are peppy and beat-driven ("I'm on Fire"), a couple have a little bit of Delta 5 kick to them ("Celebrate Life"), and some get pretty distorted and almost cartoonishly grungy ("I Don't Care"), but too many of them kind of drag along sluggishly. Songs like "Make It Real" and "Love Me as I Do" have none of the joyous punch their best work has; they are kind of the opposite, dull and uninspired. The production doesn't help much, as Iván Diaz Mathé just seems to set the dials to get a clean, unadorned sound and then let the duo run through the songs. There isn't much thought given to arrangements, backing vocals, or dynamics, which is kind of shocking given how highly the last two records scored in that department. Music this simple and direct needs to be presented with imagination and energy; otherwise, it just sort of sits there lifelessly. Sadly, apart from the one or two tracks that retain some of the production values of Total Exposure, Friends & Lovers doesn't display much of either. It's not an unpleasant listen by any means, just not a very compelling one. ~ Tim Sendra
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Punk - New Wave - Released September 16, 2013 | Fire Records

The Argentinean trio Las Kellies' self-titled 2011 album sprinkled in a few dubby, sweetly grooving tracks in amongst the uptempo riot grrrl and punk-influenced jams that made up the bulk of the record. By the time of their next record in 2013, Total Exposure, the band had ditched almost all the distorted guitars, shouted vocals, and sped-up tempos in favor of a sound that's every bit as much fun, but it's a different, more relaxed kind of fun. Bringing in Ivi Lee from South American reggae band Nairobi Dub to produce and having legendary producer Dennis "Blackbeard" Bovell contribute vocals should give listeners an idea what the band was aiming for. Instead of sounding like a punk band with a fondness for the Slits (whose debut album Bovell not so coincidentally produced), now they sound like a reggae band with a fondness for the Slits, adding plenty of reverb, space, and dubby sparseness to their arsenal. It's a slightly trickier proposition to pull off and could have led to a drowsy album that subverted the effervescent nature of the group's playing and singing. Luckily, they invest the songs with plenty of happy energy, and make sure each one has a sharp enough hook that listeners won't just stay awake, they'll get up and groove along. They don't totally abandon the spiky guitars and jagged tempos, they can still be heard from time to time, and there's still plenty of riot in these girls. Songs like the spacy "Two Types," which features Ian Svenonius' dulcet tones on co-lead vocals, and the stuttering "King Lion" show that the trio hasn't given up on making a post-punk racket. They can still do that, but now they have songs as honey sweet as "Golden Love" and as dub tricky as "Jealousy," and sound equally at home with each. Total Exposure is the work of a band gently exploring the limits of its sound, making some cool changes, and totally sounding better than it did before (which was already really good). That's a total win in anyone's book. ~ Tim Sendra
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Alternatif et Indé - Released January 23, 2020 | Fire Records

Rock - Released June 6, 2011 | Fire Records

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In the tradition of riot grrrl and female post-punk, Las Kellies’ self-titled third album is a cute serving of ramshackle rock, dealt out by three Argentinian girls. Cibo Matto and Shonen Knife have a similar aesthetic to Las Kellies, as do the Slits and ESG (covered in a charming version of “Erase You”). The songs are rough and tumble, driven by bare-boned basslines and played with glee as Ceci Kelly, Betty Kelly, and Sil Kelly chatter and shout in broken English or six of their other languages, which include Portuguese, Catalan, Japanese, German, French, and Spanish. "Scotch Whisky" reads like a description on a bottle label ("Finest Scotch whisky...distilled and bottled in Edinburgh Scotland”), and the lyrics of “Hit It Off” are short and sweet: “Hit it off straight away/Aua aua/Hit hit hit hit.” Meanwhile, “Cous Cous,” “Adwenture,” and “Bife Dos” forgo words completely, as clubhouse instrumentals. Some of these tunes break stride into a slower, art-house dub vibe, but for the rest of the 35-minute playing time, Las Kellies is an elastic romp full of quick-spirited fun. ~ Jason Lymangrover
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Alternatif et Indé - Released February 26, 2020 | Fire Records

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Alternatif et Indé - Released December 6, 2019 | Fire Records

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Rock - Released August 26, 2013 | Fire Records

Rock - Released March 17, 2017 | Fire Records

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Rock - Released November 11, 2016 | Fire Records

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Rock - Released September 30, 2016 | Fire Records

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Pop - Released August 17, 2016 | Fire Records

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Rock - Released August 26, 2016 | Fire Records

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Rock - Released July 29, 2016 | Fire Records

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Rock - Released January 27, 2017 | Fire Records

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