walflower complextion The Walflower Complextion (180g vinyl LP, £21.25) due 01-12-2017
The Walflower Complextion were American teenagers, children of US Government staff, attending high school in Bogotá, Colombia. They got a deal with local label Daro and released this brilliant and sought-after debut album in 1966. The LP features several great covers, including four Rolling Stones songs, but it's in their own original compositions where the band really shines, possessing a raw sound that mixes surf music, psych guitars, wild drums, tambourines and hazy garage rock. Presented in facsimile artwork. Garage and beat music fans are always fond of digging deep in the vaults of Latin American 60s labels in search for obscure bands to feed their appetite for rare recordings. While most of the unearthed stuff usually consists of cover versions of hits sung in their native Spanish/Portuguese language, we have a totally different case here. The members of The Walflower Complextion were actually American teenagers, children of US Government staff, attending high school in Bogotá, Colombia. Somehow they got a deal with local label Daro and released their first LP in 1966. The album shows an evident influence of the British Invasion bands, featuring four Stones covers and other classics such as 'Long Tall Shorty' via The Kinks, but it is in their own originals and instrumentals where the band showcases the best of their talent. Although they recorded two albums (only distributed locally) and even appeared on Colombian TV, the band did not last long... They broke up in June 1967 after some of the members finished high school. Despite their short career, The Walflower Complextion have gained a cult status among those into Colombian bands such as Los Speakers or Los Young Beats. A must for garage collectors!