Guillermo Sexo

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01. All Whispers*
02. Bring Down Your Arms*
03. Dark Spring*
04. Balboa
05. Carried a Golden Heart
06. Meow Metal
07. Moonlit Sparrows**
08. Fall Lens*
09. Echo Out My Call
10. Coyote**
11. Shadowfax

* Suggested listening for radio
** Available only on Digital Version

Dark Spring is the new record and 5th overall release from the Boston quartet Guillermo Sexo.  The record will be released by Boston staple Midriff Records in the fall of this year.  Dark Spring was produced and recorded by Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr., Chelsea Light Moving, Thurston Moore, Speedy Ortiz) over several sessions from fall 2012 to March 2013 at his new studio in Northampton, Sonelab. Justin has been apart of every recording from the band, starting with their debut album Oh Wow in 2006. He says this of the new record, “I’ve worked with the band for years, and I think I say this every time: this record is their best! It covers a lot of ground and has a lot of layers. At the core it’s really brilliantly written and performed music.”

The 11 tracks on Dark Spring are diverse in style but retain cohesion in sound. As with all Guillermo Sexo releases, Dark Spring spans multiple genres, mixing flourishes of shoegaze, 90’ college radio, math rock, ethereal pop, and psychedelia to their own distinct personality. Dark Spring is the first release with the lineup that represents the band in top form after the addition of drummer Ryan Connelly. Connelly adds a new dimension of technicality to the group that wasn’t present with previous drummers. With him helming the kit, Guillermo’s live shows are the tightest they’ve ever been. Guitarist and main song writer Reuben Bettsak builds upon the creative song writing, intricate textures, and the loud-soft contrasts of Guillermo Sexo’s previous albums. “Bring Down Your Arms” and “Dark Spring” have a spacey indie rock sound with lush layered waves of guitar lines washing over the beautiful vocals of Noell Dorsey. “Meow Metal” and “Coyote” are two of the most dynamic and expansive songs the band has written to date, each clocking in around 8 minutes. Noell’s vocals soar over layers of driving guitar riffs and syncopated rhythms. On a whole, Dark Spring is a captivating album that will resonate with current fans and gain new ones. Guillermo Sexo released the 3-song teaser Bring Down Your Arms EP in January to positive reviews across the board and a sold out release show at TT the Bears in March. Expect to see them on the road with some northeast shows over the summer and a longer tour around the release of the album.

Recommended for fans of: Deerhunter, GBV, Sonic Youth, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Blonde Redhead, 4AD, Mazzy Star

“Fall Lens” Video


SHOWS

Sat 5/3 @ Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge MA – w/ Blackstone Rangers, Ghost Modern


QUOTES

“Fall Lens” is a musical cardigan suitable for late autumn’s annual spiral towards winter, and its video, directed by G-Sexo’s Reuben Bettsak, is a chromatic swan dive through Brixton in reverse. It’s a nice bit of color on a morning in Boston when all you see is white. – Vanyaland

“This shimmering Boston quartet has been shifting through lineups for years, blasting through a collection of high-speed indie rock at an admirable pace. Its latest, “Bring Down Your Arms,” might be its best yet. It’s full of dense guitar squalls and quick mood swings, like Sonic Youth on shuffle with the Jesus and Mary Chain, and just as often hints at melancholy ’60s pop like “California Dreamin’.” The opener, “All Whispers,” crawls from a wistful acoustic shuffle, singer Noell Dorsey floating over the easy changes until a crushing wall of fuzz crashes into the chorus. Here she lets loose, banshee Black Francis-style. A live-wire guitar solo follows, and we’re left with an airtight construction of noise and propulsive indie pop. Things get thornier in “Echo Out My Call,” with dissonant chunks of guitar chords and brooding back-and-forth vocals from Dorsey and guitarist Reuben Bettsak, culminating a sucker punch of a chorus (“Help me feel alive”) that catapults the whole song into another time zone for a couple of seconds. The best news? There’s a full-length album of this stuff on the way in the spring.” – Bring Down Your Arms Review – Boston Globe 2013

Guillermo Sexo maintain that seemingly perfect balance of clean-edged garage rock and spacey psychedelic, packaged up in polished reverb-heavy romp. The duetted vocal dynamic on “Fall Lens” brings to mind other familiar locals like Mean Creek and Bent Shapes, but still remains signature with a bit of darkness mixed into on otherwise heavy but digestible tone. – “Fall Lens” Premiere – Allston Pudding

The Sexos teased us with the songs off Arms back in January, and I instantly became smitten with the livewire “Echo Out My Call.” Vocalist Noell Dorsey takes on some sort of immortal goddess feel here, and the call-to-arms assertiveness makes it one of the best tracks out of Boston so far this year. – MVanya – Vanyaland March 2013

Guillermo Sexo’s soon to be released LP Secret Wild is some sweet Indian-summer nectar for those longing for the dreamy dissonance that ruled the 90’s.. The fourth release from this Boston foursome shows the band tighten up the collective focus with their eyes on the prize of lingering melodies, crackling atmospherics and entrancing beats. “Color The Noise” – My Old Kentucky Blog – August 2011

Secret Wild represents another leap forward and entertaining evolution in the sound that Guillermo Sexo has been refining for more than seven years now. The New England Deli Album of the Month – August 2011 …the songs on Secret Wild resonate even more strongly, perhaps because of a heightened air of psychedelia shot through the music, or perhaps because of the rich production. It’s no matter — either way Secret Wild is one of the strongest releases to date in 2011. – Clicky Clicky Music – July 2011


BIOGRAPHY

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Guillermo Sexo was born in 2005 when Reuben Bettsak and then-fiancee/band member Jess Barnett billed themselves on a show as “Guillermo y Gatita Sexo.” Reuben hails from Panama, and this name came to stick as his alter-ego. It was either that or the name was delivered to him by David Bowie in a dream. Whichever is true, rock gods did have their own profound impact on Bettsak’s musical approach when he inherited a guitar tuned and played by Thurston Moore. Fate has it Guillermo would create four records with Justin Pizzoferrato (Thurston Moore, Chelsea Light Moving, Dinosaur Jr.) in the ensuing years.

The first effort by the band, Oh Wow (2006), was exploratory by nature, weaving Latin rhythms with dance punk, sometimes sung in English, sometimes Spanish, always with conviction. Bettsak and Barnett split just before the release of the record, forcing the band to re-invent itself at such an early stage. Enter Noell Dorsey, longtime friend of Reuben and former University of Hartford classmate. Dorsey was a classically trained vocalist, a veteran of Harvard’s Longy School of Music, and was now sharing vocal duties. Guillermo Sexo responded with Magic Lanterns (2008), capitalizing on the strong points of Oh Wow’s raw energy, but finding new textures and moods to express. The songwriting is more concise but not limiting, there are plenty of twists and turns. The scope of the record can be seen through a listen of the title track, “Telegrams,” and “Apricots of Dusk.” Next came Vivid Nights (2010) after some more shuffling of the rhythm section lineup. However, the leap from Magic Lanterns is a significant one. Song structures are air-tight and more focused. Standout tracks include the single “Neon Lights” which is a regular on Boston radio airplay and whose video was an NME feature. The band’s ability to captivate is apparent on “Puppies to Rock” (Reuben is an assistant editor on Animal Planet’s “Dogs 101″), utilizing guitar loops, spacious synthesizers, and a beautiful interplay of vocal melodies.

Halfway through 2011, Guillermo Sexo releases Secret Wild. The band takes another step forward in the songwriting craft with a record that is incredibly diverse within a short amount of time, yet seamless in it’s sound. Elliott Anderson adds a full bodied bass with extensive skill in using harmonics and jazz theory. Jay Weixelbaum hits all the right moments and drives the beat with Reuben’s mathematical riffs, lifting the band off the ground. Jay’s recent departure to pursue a PhD leaves Ryan Connelly as the most recent addition to the band. After playing The Middle East with Ryan’s psych-Americana rock band Mount Peru, the transition into Guillermo Sexo occurred serendipitously. The new unit is gaining momentum and wasted no time booking a 2 and 1/2 week tour of the eastern US to support Secret Wild. They’re currently headlining gigs in Boston and Cambridge, and recording a new full length entitled Dark Spring, to be released mid-2013.

Members

Reuben Bettsak – Vocals, Guitar
Noell Dorsey – Vocals, keyboard
Elliott Anderson – Bass
Ryan Connelly – Drums


NOTES & ACCOLADES

Guillermo Sexo have shared the stage with Sky Ferreira, Smith Westerns, Polica, Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), !!!, Speedy Ortiz, Elephant Stone, Hooray For Earth, The Living Kills, Mean Creek, Young Adults

2012 Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll Nominee for Best Live Act

Featured on the Clicky Clicky Music blog compilation of Boston bands covering Ride – Nowhere with the track “Seagulls”

Featured in the 2011 Improper Bostonian’s annual round-up of Boston’s rising artists Featured in STUFF@NIGHT’s article on the 90’s sound resurgence in Boston – June 2011

2011 Boston Music Award Nominee for Best Video – “Neon Lights” from Vivid Nights (2010)

Noell and Reuben are both currently in Boston band Future Carnivores. Ryan currently drums for Hallelujah the Hills.


DISCOGRAPHY 

Dark Spring – 2013 Midriff Records
Bring Down Your Arms – 2013 – Girl Boy Girl Boy Records
Secret Wild – 2011 – Girl Boy Girl Boy Records – Limited Edition of 300 on WHITE vinyl
Vivid Nights
Magic Lanterns
Oh Wow – 2008


 LINKS & CONTACT

GuillermoSexo.Bandcamp.com
Guillermo Sexo Facebook
Midriff Records EPK –  Email for password!
Guillermo Sexo Last.FM
Sonic Bids

CONTACT

Guillermo Sexo: Reuben Bettsak – reubenbettsak@gmail.com

AS BUILT Media Group: Mike Rodriguez – AsBuiltMrod@gmail.com 


PAST SHOWS

Sat 12.7.2013 @ New World Tavern, Plymouth MA – with Hallelujah the Hills and Krill
11.13.13 @ Paradise, Boston MA – with Sky Ferreira, Smith Westerns
9.22.13 – “Dark Spring” Listening Party @ Zuzu – FBOOK EVENT