Brazilian garage punk quartet Os Haxixins does some truly mind bending things with just a fuzz pedal and a Farfisa organ — like instantly conjuring the memory of Brazil’s forgotten ’60s garage scene. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never heard about São Paulo’s early days of rock ‘n’ roll. They have, and they’ll bring it to life for you.
Watch them in the freshly released video for “Pó da Estrada.” It looks and sounds exactly like they stepped out of a faded photo on a battered old record sleeve. You’ll blink and question whether they could really be a current band. But we promise that the video was indeed shot last year in the streets of Lisbon.
Listen carefully and it’s clear that they’re a band of the here and now. There were some amazingly loud garage bands all over the world in the 1960s, but few dared to whale as relentlessly and gleefully as Os Haxixins do. They are among those bands who pick up where the first wave of garage bands left off and then push the sound as far as their instruments will allow. (We’d love to see these guys share a bill with Garotas Suecas. )
We cannot officially confirm the English translation of the band’s name. Google translate says “haxixe” means hashish, but that has to be a mistranslation. I mean, what could that possibly have to do with the kind of honest, wholesome psychedelic garage rock these fine young men play?