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Song Premiere: Guillermo Sexo shine in black and white on ‘Confidence Beams’

 
 

Boston rock veterans Guillermo Sexo have always rolled with the city’s vibrant psych scene, but their songs have always been constructed around a pop music core. Next week finds the band delivering their sixth studio record in Eclipse, out April 22 via Midriff Records, and it’s another cosmic journey to the far reaches of the pop galaxy.

Today, Vanyaland is proud to premiere the latest track from the record, a ’60s vibe-out rumbler titled “Confidence Beams”. It’s classic Sexo; layered guitar-rock that shines brightly in black and white, swirling horizontally with… dare we say, confidence. There’s even a guitar solo amongst the never-ending build-up, which never reaches the point of tension.

Guillermo Sexo guitarist Reuben Bettsak says the song “is about getting through the bullshit of the day-to-day grind, and just plowing through”.

He elaborates: “It’s a confidence-building mantra of sorts. That’s one interpretation at least. I think Eclipse, as a whole, has a lot of personal introspective stuff. Lots of changes in the air, and I wanted to try looking inward more on the lyrical content — and as always, stuff is often abstract cause that’s the way I roll.

This is the first Guillermo Sexo album to feature a new lineup with Pepe Anzalone on drums and Richard Murillo on guitar, though the band’s locked-in core of Bettsak, vocalist/keyboardist Noell Dorsey, and bassist Elliott Anderson remains intact.

“[It] was a fun album to write,” Bettsak adds. “Was definitely going for a more cohesive vibe throughout, and there’s some nice swirling psych-pop stuff, with more angular space anthems”.

Shine on through with “Confidence Beams” below, and celebrate the LP’s release Saturday at Firebrand Saints in Cambridge.

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