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"Review: Mexican Slang - Blush EP"

So this is the third EP released by Mexican Slang (aka Annabelle Lee) in four months, I don't know how far back into her catalog these EP's are going, but apparently she has been writing and recording like this in her bedroom since she was 13. All the songs clock in well shy of the 3 minute mark and bristle with fuzz, crackle and hiss, rolling in waves over some shockingly well constructed pop hooks. At times, Lee brings to mind a young, pissed off Mary Timony; super-econo oddly keyed guitar lines counterpointing effortlessly cool vocals which bounce between lazily detached harmonies to some truly larynx/speaker shredding shit (end comparison to Timony here, commence comparison to that sonic cannon the cops use to disperse riots). If this was 1993 and she lived in Seattle, every single window in her house would be smashed by the constant barrage of money bags being thrown through them by the writhing throng of A+R agents screaming and jizzing themselves on her front lawn. (This is not an exaggeration. It would pretty much go down exactly like that.) Unfortunately for her, it's 2012 and this is Toronto, so the best case scenario is a throng of baristas throwing day-old artisanal muffins they stole from work and pledging their undying love. So really, the least you could do is lift your jaded, bloated sausage fingers for the mere seconds it will take to download her everything-so-far discography off bandcamp FOR FREE, and then tell her how awesome it is before she packs up, says fuck you to this sucky town and moves somewhere she'll be appreciated.

- Brendan Howlett - Offerings


"Review: Mexican Slang - Blush EP"

So this is the third EP released by Mexican Slang (aka Annabelle Lee) in four months, I don't know how far back into her catalog these EP's are going, but apparently she has been writing and recording like this in her bedroom since she was 13. All the songs clock in well shy of the 3 minute mark and bristle with fuzz, crackle and hiss, rolling in waves over some shockingly well constructed pop hooks. At times, Lee brings to mind a young, pissed off Mary Timony; super-econo oddly keyed guitar lines counterpointing effortlessly cool vocals which bounce between lazily detached harmonies to some truly larynx/speaker shredding shit (end comparison to Timony here, commence comparison to that sonic cannon the cops use to disperse riots). If this was 1993 and she lived in Seattle, every single window in her house would be smashed by the constant barrage of money bags being thrown through them by the writhing throng of A+R agents screaming and jizzing themselves on her front lawn. (This is not an exaggeration. It would pretty much go down exactly like that.) Unfortunately for her, it's 2012 and this is Toronto, so the best case scenario is a throng of baristas throwing day-old artisanal muffins they stole from work and pledging their undying love. So really, the least you could do is lift your jaded, bloated sausage fingers for the mere seconds it will take to download her everything-so-far discography off bandcamp FOR FREE, and then tell her how awesome it is before she packs up, says fuck you to this sucky town and moves somewhere she'll be appreciated.

- Brendan Howlett - Offerings


"The Main's Music Team Picks The Beats of 2013"

From the land of too tall buildings and exorbitant rent, Mexican Slang is a blistering a-bomb of fuzzed out, lo-fi fuckery. As a testament to the adage everything comes in threes, they’ve released three immaculate EPs since August 2012, surfing from noise to grunge to Colleen Green-y stoner songwriter to garage. I NEED to see this band in 2013 even if it means Megabussing five hours to the god forsaken GTA. - The Main Montreal


"The Main's Music Team Picks The Beats of 2013"

From the land of too tall buildings and exorbitant rent, Mexican Slang is a blistering a-bomb of fuzzed out, lo-fi fuckery. As a testament to the adage everything comes in threes, they’ve released three immaculate EPs since August 2012, surfing from noise to grunge to Colleen Green-y stoner songwriter to garage. I NEED to see this band in 2013 even if it means Megabussing five hours to the god forsaken GTA. - The Main Montreal


"Review: Mexican Slang - Demon, Honey EPs"

By Burgers Rana

“Gnarly” is a word that gets thrown here and there and everywhere, BUT (huge and completely bolded) BUT when I say that the two debut EP’s by Mexican Slang are GNARLY, I fucking mean it. The one-woman project is fronted by Canadian (by way of Ukraine) Annabelle Lee, who is an in-your-face skuzz punk rock native with whiskey for blood, scars from brawls, and an affinity for 90’s grunge and sweaty apartments.

Demon is the first of the two EP’s that were both released a month apart from each other, and if opener, “Needle In My Eye”, is to be taken as a thesis to Annabelle’s musical outputs, then be forewarned to be walking into loud-Suicide style lo-fi bedroom recorded jaunts that hypnotize the brain and ears. “Melt” continues with the fuzz, but adds an air of terror as the guitar walks around like Jesus and Mary Chain outputs channeling Poison Ivy. “Away From You” will have Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls rattlin’ in her boots as it is the best song they never wrote.

Honey is shorter in track listing, but a way more ambitious outpouring of sounds. “Vulture’s Game” showcases a huge leap in songwriting and confidence in Lee and really sets the bar high for her Babes of Toyland meets Ty Segall rage. “Darling” is softer in sound, but slices away at the soul like any number of tracks by Lesley Woods and her band The Au Pairs, while “Shit Destroyer” is the result of what happens when you get on the wrong side of a woman with a guitar and nothing to lose.

Mexican Slang has no immediate plans for live shows, nor any solid-state releases, but all that could change, as there seems to be no known reason for her rockin ways to quit. Demon and Honey can be streamed or downloaded for free from bandcamp. - Get Bent


"Review: Mexican Slang - Demon, Honey EPs"

By Burgers Rana

“Gnarly” is a word that gets thrown here and there and everywhere, BUT (huge and completely bolded) BUT when I say that the two debut EP’s by Mexican Slang are GNARLY, I fucking mean it. The one-woman project is fronted by Canadian (by way of Ukraine) Annabelle Lee, who is an in-your-face skuzz punk rock native with whiskey for blood, scars from brawls, and an affinity for 90’s grunge and sweaty apartments.

Demon is the first of the two EP’s that were both released a month apart from each other, and if opener, “Needle In My Eye”, is to be taken as a thesis to Annabelle’s musical outputs, then be forewarned to be walking into loud-Suicide style lo-fi bedroom recorded jaunts that hypnotize the brain and ears. “Melt” continues with the fuzz, but adds an air of terror as the guitar walks around like Jesus and Mary Chain outputs channeling Poison Ivy. “Away From You” will have Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls rattlin’ in her boots as it is the best song they never wrote.

Honey is shorter in track listing, but a way more ambitious outpouring of sounds. “Vulture’s Game” showcases a huge leap in songwriting and confidence in Lee and really sets the bar high for her Babes of Toyland meets Ty Segall rage. “Darling” is softer in sound, but slices away at the soul like any number of tracks by Lesley Woods and her band The Au Pairs, while “Shit Destroyer” is the result of what happens when you get on the wrong side of a woman with a guitar and nothing to lose.

Mexican Slang has no immediate plans for live shows, nor any solid-state releases, but all that could change, as there seems to be no known reason for her rockin ways to quit. Demon and Honey can be streamed or downloaded for free from bandcamp. - Get Bent


Discography

Demon EP - Self released 2012
Honey EP - Self released 2012
Blush EP - Self released 2012
Twerp EP - Self released 2013
Mexican Slang/Hussy Split - Perdu Hamilton 2013

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Offering nothing short of musical catharsis, Mexican Slang attempts to strike a balance between clarity and chaos. Expertly alternating between saccharine and vicious, coaxing the listener into a potent expulsion of their own negativity. In the past year alone, the 4-piece has cemented an unmistakable presence in Toronto's underground music community, with front woman Annabelle Lee being lauded as "quickly becoming one of the best songwriters in the city".

After countless years of struggling to form a band, Lee took on Mexican Slang as a solo recording project from her attic, releasing her first EP online in the summer of 2012. "I felt as though time was running out, there were a lot of things that I needed to express creatively and being able to work alone through this medium allowed me a great deal of freedom in my emotional output." After a chance meeting on the sidewalk outside of a local dive bar, Lee was able to inject live performance into her musical brainchild by enlisting Jimmy Tony Rowlinson on bass, Nico Jestadt on guitar and Denholm Whale (Odonis Odonis, Cartoons) on drums. Since then, Mexican Slang has played a flood of shows at numerous venues across the city, most notably as an official act at this year's NXNE Festival and alongside acclaimed rising local and international bands.

While maintaining a DIY approach to making music, Lee continued to write and record at home, self-releasing 4 digital EP's and a split cassette on Hamilton, ON label Perdu. Described as "loud Suicide-style lo-fi bedroom recorded jaunts that hypnotize the brain and ears", Mexican Slang elicits comparison to the likes of Helium, L7 and "Babes in Toyland meets Ty Segall". Lee's primary focus has been coalescing the power of extremes, by juxtaposing heavy guitars with compelling melodies and contrasting noisy garage punk with moments of reverberant serenity. Though drawing personal influence from bands such as Fugazi, Slint and The Jesus Lizard, Lee is poised to create a distinctive sound all her own.

With the support of Buzz Records, Mexican Slang plans to record a tangible LP release and tour Canada and the US in the upcoming year. Their haunting noise pop aesthetic and captivating live shows have set them apart, creating a far-reaching, eager and devoted fan base. As for Lee's poignant lyrical depth, face-melting guitar and impassioned productivity, there seems to be no end in sight. "The prolific amount of songs she's written would be a lot less remarkable if they all weren't so damn good."