If Katchafire and Tex-Mex band Los Lonely Boys had a love child it would no doubt be a culturally diverse and inclusive hot mess. Dead Fools Fiesta could very well be that love child combining the best of NZ reggae with a Spanish feel. Donít get me wrong, a mess in the best complimentary way, more like a hot mix of everything, and their first self titled CD definitely has included a little bit of everything.
The first track 'Journey Men' starts off with a great little Spanish trumpet tune and made me think I would be hearing a quirky Mexican singing something muy bien, however it sets up a nice reggae sound that continues through out the CD. 'Run Away', features Kronic Re and infuses a little bit of hit hop backed by some Spanish style keys and a reggae bass line that is shows the cultural and musical diversity of this band. The next song 'Blood Money' transforms the sound similar to that of the godfathers of Kiwi Reggae, Herbs.
8 well flowing songs and a gripping vocalist that would impress any skeptics like me, who was surprised to hear this sound coming from 4 lads from the Waitaks, but they have a unique sound and some seemingly angsty lyrics you would find from any band out West. They end up with a live version of 'Piece of Mind' that solidifies the bands ability to create good NZ Reggae music.