Look Mexico
Gasp Asp


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
April 17th, 2009 | 16 replies | 6,595 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hey summertime! Hurry up and get here so I can blast this with the windows down on the highway.

In 2007 Tallahassee, Florida's Look Mexico released their debut full-length This is Animal Music. While an enjoyable listen, with the exception of its first three tracks This Is Animal Music was completely forgettable. Relying on the same mix of wandering mid-tempo chords and honest to a fault vocals as so many before them, it seemed that Look Mexico were set to be just another well meaning American Football clone. Well first impressions be damned. Look Mexico's newest 7” Gasp Asp (also available as a digital download) sees the Floridian quintet breaking out from their mediocre debut and finding their voice.

Its clear from the get-go that Gasp Asp has what This Is Animal Music lacked: direction. The stylized instrumentation is still there, but on Gasp Asp Look Mexico have chosen to forgo the dull and meandering route of their debut in favor of more traditional structures. This gives it clear sense of focus that brings out the best of the band. Gasp Asp's opening track “You're Not Afraid of the Dark Are You?” is Look Mexico's finest hour. Highlighted by drummer Joshua Mikel's intricate and powerful kit work and the intertwining guitar melodies of Matt Agrella and Ryan Slate, it erupts into the same kind of bubbly, feel good energy that Minus the Bear perfected on Highly Refined Pirates. Matt Agrella's vocals have also improved. On Gasp Asp he sings with a new found sense of confidence and conviction that powers through the mix with a slight, but nonthreatening, sneer to take command of Look Mexico's brand of off-kilter indie-pop.

Gasp Asp is everything one could have hoped for and more from Look Mexico. With Gasp Asp, Look Mexico have made an album that begs to be the soundtrack to your next summer road trip. The only downside is that with it being only little over thirteen minutes long, it will have to be a short trip.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2009



17116 Comments


this is good. get it.

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charlesfishtitz
April 18th 2009



784 Comments


i liked Animal Music, i won't be getting this

tombits
April 18th 2009



3463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

short but sufficient review, good job. i really enjoyed the streamed track, will check this out.

Zippermouth
April 18th 2009



1305 Comments


Is this seriously a full length?

charlesfishtitz
April 18th 2009



784 Comments


are you seriously retarded?

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2009



17912 Comments


aw zippermouth is illiterate

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2009



17116 Comments


facepalm.
dude, its a 7"This Message Edited On 04.18.09

tombits
April 18th 2009



3463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

whats wrong with the tracklist + zippermouth's reading skills?

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2009



17116 Comments


i fixed the tracklist, zippermouth on the otherhand...

Zippermouth
April 18th 2009



1305 Comments


pleez dun maik fun of mah reedin skilz

Zippermouth
April 18th 2009



1305 Comments


I kant halp it.

Bsmith7
April 18th 2009



252 Comments


Good review. About time you got promoted to contributor.

HighandDriving
April 19th 2009



3232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Def an improvement on Animal Music.

tombits
April 19th 2009



3463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pretty fun.

JamieCTA
June 8th 2010



146 Comments


This EP is excellent. Really takes a lot of feeling I enjoyed from bands like American Football, Minus The Bear, Mineral, etc. and gives it kind of an updated twist. I've enjoyed all of the stuff they have put out so far.

Mendross
September 10th 2013



351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This EP is so much fun.The Minus The Bear influence is obvious.



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