When I first came across Drollery and their new EP Caerbannog the title had me convinced that this was going to be a Welsh band, but after a little more research I discovered that they are in fact a Spanish Punk ‘n’ Roll band from Albacete on the south-east of Spain and formed only last year. They recorded their debut EP earlier this year at Baboon Records
Drollery take their inspiration for the songs from B or Z movies, science fiction monsters and day to day situations. My grasp of the Spanish language is akin to my knowledge of Welsh, so a little help from Google translate was required, but you don’t need to speak the lingo to appreciate the music! Although a search tells me that Caerbannog may come from the Welsh language and means prominent fortification. Caerbannog being the home of the killer rabbit in the Monty Python film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Did they take the name for this EP from that film? The white rabbit on the album cover gives that theory some credence!
Five songs, each around the two minute mark makes for some fast and furious listening. Opening track Soy un Clon, which translates as I’m a Clone or a song for Dolly! (the Sheep). Well I don’t actually know that, to be fair, as I only got as far as translating the titles but I like to think so! A rousing opener with a chugging beat interspersed with agile riffs putting me in mind me of The Damned meets Anti Pasti, think a New Rose Rise(s) Up!
A werewolf like howl starts the next track Hombre Lobo a song with a Goldblade vibe, these pesky mad men are Fighting in the Dancehall! Zombie, needs no translation and this lively song about the un-dead has a flavour of French Punk rockers Corbillard.
I thought Vino de Lojos was going to be a drinking song. Vino means wine, right? Perhaps in Italy but, it seems, I am getting my languages mixed up as in Spanish Vino de Lojos means ‘came from afar’ but I’d raise a glass of Cava to toast this sapid number with elements of the Buzzocks and Magazine, What Do I Get? – Shot By Both Sides!
Last but not least this short and sweet EP finishes with Rod Aniram a Etatsila. I’m struggling to get a translation on this title. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? My guess is a person from a place. Regardless of who or what this Rod is it’s got a Motörhead fast, pummelling baseline and (Iron) Fist pumping beat finishing Drollery’s debut EP Caerbannog on a killer tune!
If you like your songs short, hard and fast then Drollery fit the bill with their ten minute debut Caerbannog. Can’t understand a word of it but I don’t need Google translate to know a good tune when I hear it!
1: Soy un Clon
2: Hombre Lobo
4: Vino de Lojos
5: Rod Aniram a Etatsila
Juanjo – First guitar, choruses
Javi – Vocals
Miguel – Drums, choruses
Emilio – Bass, choruses