In six years of releasing short EPs and full-length records, they’ve teamed up with ChaCho Records, rookie label Warevel Socio, NYC’s Norton Records, and Slovenly, an internationally minded punk imprint. For their next trick, they’ve connected with Brazilian startup Mandinga Records.
The art for Viento, Sereno y El Mar was modeled after an album from Roberto y Su Nuevo Montuno, a Puerto Rican salsa group from the genre’s iconic 70s heyday. The sound is not unlike typical Vigilantes fare — 50s rock ‘n’ roll sways, perfectly placed twang and an easy-on-the-ears punk underpinning. No aggressive stuff was squeezed into the short four-song releas. These mostly breezy numbers may not induce frenzied shaking all over, but they’ll definitely get you shimmying.
The EP includes a song in Japanese. “Wakao Ayako,” dedicated to a Japanese actress, comes courtesy of Ricardo Vilaro, a longtime but sometimes removed Vigilante living in Tokyo. Another track, “Mejor,” is a cover of Los Brincos, a 60s group often regarded as the Spanish Beatles.