By: Django Gold
Of the many words that come to mind when considering Muy Cansado – energetic, hooky, freewheeling – one that jumps out the most is “joyful.” While music is of course something that inspires joy in its fans, it is generally agreed upon that those who play the songs are forbidden to have any fun doing so.
And yet, Muy Cansado.
With its jangly guitar, driving bass, and vigorous snare drum rat-a-tat-tat, the band’s punchy performance suggests that the players on stage are enjoying themselves quite a bit, not letting the audience have all the fun. The jaunty pace and bouncing bass of “Erased,” for example, demonstrate a punk rock trio that, unlike many of its peers, isn’t afraid to leave a bit of silence in between the downbeats. “Telemundo,” a more conventional punk anthem, benefits from a back-and-forth between singers Chris Mulvey and Lisa Libera that manages to marry the force of punk wails with something more delicate. But too much analysis might dilute; crowd the stage, feel the groove, and don’t be afraid to enjoy yourself.