Sanchez is Driven by Demons


Before Sanchez is Driven by Demons could leave their starting point in instrumental so-called post rock they felt they had a few songs in them that they had to record. Erik Larsson and Mattias Bärebring, feared drummer and furious bass player, of Angry People Federation joined the band and together with Emil Johansson and Jonas Ottosson they recorded a three song ep. The recordings were made live in Matchtown Studios, simultaneously with All Systems Are Ghosts, and engineered by Pontus Stalin. The sound is a lot more rock oriented than anything recorded by Sanchez is Driven by Demons before: big drum playing, distorted guitars and two basses creating seldom heard harmonies. The songs are loud but the demons are still there though, you know that this would have been the result of every recording if the bands influences only had been Constellation, Touch & Go, Dischord or Chemikal Underground bands.

Ps. Rumour has it that the band thought about doing a The Beatles and add some secret messages while playing the record backwards. To their disappointment they soon realized that it wasn't possible with a compact disc.

  • Following their debut ep and album, Sanchez is driven by demons continued on the self-titled trip for a bit with a second ep, whose songs, according to the band's website, are all 'stolen, conspicuously stolen.' this presumably refers to their words elsewhere describing this release as an homage both to their Swedish hometown of Jonkoping as well as their thoroughly obvious sources of inspiration in bands like Slint, Godspeed You Black Emperor! and Mogwai. Opening song 1204 definitely plays the Godspeed card from the start, as muffled radio skits about capitalism versus communism lead into a slow, deliberate arrangement that steadily build in volume and intensity, especially when the drumming kicks into high. It's brighter in general than most Godspeed work -- more major keys than minor, for a start -- but is still an enjoyable tip of the hat, melting into a distorted electronic throb/loop of an ending. 0316 sounds more like the portion of a larger jam but still works, with looped feedback leading to a rumbling back and forth between guitar parts and a full band arrangement that harkens back a bit to early New Order as well as to the newer bands Sanchez enjoys. 0710 concludes the EP on a calmer note initially, a soft guitar part ebbing and flowing in silence, before a rich cascading riff comes in, a touch of Durutti Column amid the epic scope of the overall performance.


    Ned Raggett, allmusic.com [200607]