Guillermo Sexo – Vivid Nights

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Guillermo Sexo  – Vivid Nights (Boy Girl Boy Girl Records)

1.  Solo Aches *
2.  Neon Lights *
3.  Orange Flames
4.  Sea Horses
5.  Puppies to Rock
6.  Crossbow 1
7.  Like A Plague
8.  Settle Down
9.  We’re Not Going Under
10.  Apparitions

MP3:  Neon Lights  

Vivid Nights is Guillermo Sexo’s third and most fully developed album to date, following 2007’s Oh Wow and 2008‘s acclaimed Magic Lanterns.  Vivid Nights will be the first release on the recently christened boy girl boy girl records, the new physical outlet for all the future projects from Guillermo’s guitarist / vocalist Reuben Bettstak and Bo Barringer from local band MEandJOANCOLLINS. Taking traces of 90’s math tinged college rock, post punk and psychedelic shoegaze ala Blonde Redhead, Vivid Nights is Guillermo’s most sonically realized release.  Vivid Nights is currently streaming on Bandcamp and downloadable for a measly $5.  A limited amount of physicals can me purchased through the band and soon on Bandcamp.

Guillermo Sexo was born in early 2004 from the strange minds of Reuben Bettstak and Jess Barnett.  The current lineup consists of Bettstak on vocals/guitar, Noell Dorsey on vocals/keys, Elliott Anderson on bass, and Jay Weixelbaum on drums.

Recommended for Fans Of: Dismemberment Plan,  Blonde Redhead, Guided By Voices, YYY,  Sonic Youth

IMAGES

LIVE PIX   <>   Vivid Nights Artwork

BAND LINKS

Bandcamp


Selected Press

“Neon Lights” has a wild streak to it – vocal outbursts and explosive guitar work punctuate the calm phases; creating a dynamo of a track that bristles with energy and lots of little explosions that create lots of excitement but never threaten the stability or consistency of the song itself. Much like a real live neon light, “Neon Lights” is a glowing, gaseous element contained and set into shape by the glass tube. The insides glow and race around; but maintain their shape so you can read the sign.  (CD On Songs – Boston Band Crush.ORG 

Clickety Click

Guillermo Sexo makes compelling guitar music the likes of which we are constantly on the hunt for in Boston.  The tune reminds us a bit of the aforementioned Sky Larkin — because the lead vocal is handled, presumably, by Noell Dorsey rather than fronter Reuben Bettstak —“Neon Lights”   paired with some mid-period New Order chiming guitar and Kiss Me Deadly-ish sass in the chorus.  Clicky Clicky Music 7.24.10

“Vivid Nights took me on a magic carpet ride to galactic ecstasy. From the chaotic alterna-Brit sounds of the opening track “Solo Aches” to the ’70s, flower-power styling of “Crossbow,” I’m simply delighted. As I run to my closet to fetch my smoking jacket, geek glasses, and a martini, I can’t help but be impressed by Mr. Sexo’s skilled drum work and their fearless swerve into tripped-out fantasy excellence.  I feel like I’m on drugs myself now and I’m pretty sure I haven’t taken anything since lunch time. Hell, at my next rage/orgy, I’m putting Vivid Nights in the CD player, dropping acid, and shagging every girl in the room baby! The Noise Boston July 2010

“Sometimes they recall the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, sometimes Blood Red Shoes, and other times they nosedive into Sonic Youth noise. All three bands are gods in their respective scenes, so it speaks well for Sexo.“  –  Boston Weekly Dig Blog 6.14.2010

There is a little bit of a lot of stuff in every one of Guillermo Sexo’s compositions — the best way I can think of summarizing it is to say that they sound a bit like what would happen if Dinosaur Jr remade their first album but with Kristen Hersh helping out on vocals. But, as “Vivid Nights” proves, they are also a band that have transcended their many influences and become a truly unique and creative force in the Boston rock scene.”   Love and Mathematics 6.5.2010


Past Shows

6/12/11 @ Church – Mr Sister, Brian Carpenter – Boston, MA :: FB Event

7/16/11 @ Precinct – New album release show w/ Night Fruit, Soccer Mom and Special Guests – Somerville, MA ::

5/09/11 @ Zuzu – Special acoustic + strings performance – Cambridge, MA :: FB Event

4/29/11 @ Middle East Upstairs w/ Mount Peru, Muy Cansado, The Russians – Cambridge, MA

4/15/11 @ PA’s/ Precinct – DEEP HEAVEN NOW 3  w/ MMOSS, Ghost Box O, Young Adults – Somerville, MA

3/10/11 @ Sierra Grille w/ Crescent Hill – North Hampton, MA – FBook

2/24/11 @ The Middle East Upstairs w/ Ghost Box Orchestra – Cambridge, MA

11/8/10  @ Great Scott supporting Yukon Blonde, The Honors

10/13/10 @ Great Scott  w/ APPTMMX, Soft Pyramids, Me and Joan Collins

8/28/10  @ The Whithaus w/ Art Department (Baltimore)

7/21/10 @ O’Briens – AS BUILT PResents w/ Lord Jeff, Broadcaster (RI)

6/28/10  @ O’Brien’s w/ Luau, Broadcaster (RI) and The High Seas, @ Charlie’s Kitchen, Cambridge MA  FLYER

6/19/10 @ O’Brien’s w/ MEandJOANCOLLINS, Ad Frank and The Fast Easy Woman, Birds Make Birds @ Upstairs Middle East, Cambridge