Originally from South America but now based out Los Angeles, Punku is the musical vehicle for the songwriting of Alvaro Zelaya. The quartet, who describe their sound as, “garage rock a la wall of sound”, are today premiering their debut single, Married So Young.
The track instantly fizzes into the life with, “that drum riff that everyone’s riffed”, and walls of fuzzy, skuzzy guitars. Alvaro’s vocal enters, distorted, soaring, drenched with equal measures of reverb and emotion. The track rises and falls, swelling into huge crescendos of noise, before falling back to almost nothing; one minute you’re thinking of the Jesus & Mary Chain, the next it’s pure sun-drenched indie in the mould of Local Natives. The energy here is remarkable, the sort of raw, excitement that only comes from a band right at the start of their musical journey.
Lyrically, Alvaro has suggested it’s a track about, “the hardships of being a romantic.” The track swells on the repeated chorus line, “why does it get so loud when I want to be with you? Why does it get so crowded when I want to be near you?” Throughout Alvaro seems to grapple with the dichotomy of embracing being wholly in love and being terrified of losing that spark, as the songs finale he notes, “we’re running out of time, we’re running out of paradise, we were married so young.” Punku suggest their music is a, “messy marriage of noise and melody and raw punk emotion”, on the evidence here, that’s a match made in musical heaven.
Married So Young is out now. Click HERE for more information on Punku