Formed after the breakup of its founding members Laira Diaz’s (vocals) and Enrique Olivares’ previous band, Dandy and the Walkers, the duo’s latest project, Los Manglers draws heavily from Diaz and Olivares’ fascination with Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art. In fact, the songs they began to write for the new project began to thematically concern itself with enchantresses, maidens, lovers and tales from long gone eras.
“Before the Mirror,” the latest single from the band’s soon-to-be released debut effort through Last Bummer Records, Between Worlds is a menacing, ominously seductive song consisting of propulsive, insistent drumming, walking bass lines, blazing, acidic guitar chords paired and a scorching solo with Diaz’s sultry croon. Subtly channeling The Black Angels‘ garage psych rock sound, “Before the Mirror” manages to evoke horror movie motifs — stalking, murderous figures suddenly appearing out of the shadows, demonic possessions and the like; but in this case, the song focuses on what feels like a demonic version of Snow White in which the mirror on the wall tells you to murder your friends and family. Frightening and seductive, Los Manglers pull you into their dark world — and there’s a part of you that won’t mind at all.