REVIEW: Cayetana – “Hot Dad Calendar (b/w Ella)”

cayetanaCayetana is a band with a great story behind them. The story goes that Augusta Koch, Kelly Olsen, and Allegra Anka all learned their respective instruments right around the time they decided to do the band. This would be a red flag for anything else, but not here. This is a band that sounds like they’ve been playing together for a long time. True to the spirit of punk rock, they’re doing what they want and figuring it out on the way. When so many bands seem like they have everything mapped out from the start, it’s refreshing to see a band come together for the sheer joy of playing music.

I knew, from the minute I heard their demo/EP on If You Make It, that this was a band I was going to want to keep track of. And, goddamnit, I’m really glad I did. I can say without hesitation that the only thing disappointing about this 7″ is that it isn’t a full length. That isn’t hyperbole, it isn’t some bullshit. This is one of those rare times where you should believe the hype.

Much like their contemporaries in All Dogs or Waxahatchee, Cayetana play in the undefined middle ground between what is considered “indie” and “punk.” There are a lot of bands in that ground, but only a few have the heart to stand out. Both songs, “Hot Dad Calendar” and “Ella,” are perfect examples of the exuberance of punk. Augusta Koch’s vocals are raw and strong. There are imperfections, but that’s what makes her voice stand out. Allegra Anka absolutely shines through. Her bass lines are distinct and creative, but never overpower or over complicate. Her bass and Kelly Olsen’s drums just keep everything smooth and fit perfectly with Koch’s riffing, driving guitar.

I know I’m getting a little long winded here. This is a 7″ that clocks in at just this side of six minutes. But, I’m just really excited about what’s going on here. If a 7″ is supposed to build hype for a full length, then mission accomplished. Cayetana have all the pieces in place, and unlimited potential. So, Tiny Engines, how long until that full length?

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