First appeared on IGGY: August 12, 2010
Puerto Rican garage rockers Davila 666 wear their love of The Ramones on their sleeves. Like The Ramones, all of the members go by the same last name: Davila. Only lead singer/ bassist Sir Charles Davila has it on his birth certificate. Oh, and their drummer, known as The Latin Snake, is the one exception. But this band has more to offer than faithful homage. They have the talent and style to stand with scuzzy garage punk’s greatest heroes, melting hearts and faces from their home base in San Juan to Sarroch in Sardinia, Italy. The band is in the States periodically and in the past they’ve scored a spot at FYF Fest in Los Angeles. But if you can’t get to see them, you can catch up on their sound with their 12″ EP (called 12″ EP) or hear them cover the Rolling Stones’ “She’s a Rainbow” en Español on the compilation Their Hispanic Majesties Request out on Norton Records and watch for a second album.
The secret to their power lies in combining summery ’60s pop hooks with the loping garage riffs that keep their sound nice and gritty. Their classically rock ‘n’ roll lyrics deal with important issues like sex, drugs and wolves, all of which sound especially compelling when sung in Sir Charles’ nasty nasal drawl.