(pic: Trent Wolbe) While Los Llamarada might be one of the most exciting bands to come out of Mexico in years, they haven't won tons of fans in their hometown of Monterrey. In fact, it's reported they've been asked at one point in a frat bar to play Cranberries covers (they didn't). That's too bad, because the Yams (as some of us love to call 'em), have something special; they're harnessing the same molten energy of the Dead C, early Germs (and to some extent early Magik Markers) and laying down sheets of unpredictable, loose-n-woozy rock. Not exactly the "well-balanced" stuff of frat bar popularity. After hearing their debut LP The Exploding Now on S-S Records, WFMU was psyched to get the band to our 2008 SXSW showcase in Austin after they had to bail from Siltbreeze night (most of the band works as psychologists, and work kept them getting into Texas early). Their set knocked out all FMUers in attendance, and began with a sputtering Una Baines-era Fall keyboard line throwing odd shapes around Johnny Noise's deformed Cramps guitar figure; then the drums kicked in and vocalist Sagan stalked around the stage like a lunatic. As it all lurched forward, it spiralled into a volcanic noiserock blowout formed from ugly, malevolent and very alien sentiments. Johnny continued the set shaking his fist menacingly looking up at the sky, Sagan eventually handed the mic off to female vocalist Estrella who also stomped around like Darby Crash while everything blurred into chaos and confusion. They finally made it up to New York in November for three shows with the Hank IV, and performed live on Brian Turner's show. Video from the WFMU studio of "Atanareska" (shot by Dylan Going, edited by George Sinfield and Matt Kuglinski) and MP3 downloads below. Don't miss the killer finale either, a cover of Wire's "Pink Flag"! Los Llamarada have a new 7" single out on Italy's Avant label, and their latest LP on S-S is called Take the Sky.