Kitsch art is not something I always enjoy. It’s often people making music or art or theater to poke fun at stereotypes. And in the case of Beke Dragoste, that element exists in a sense. The band’s male member have been known to grow mustaches of an eastern European style when they would play in Albuquerque. Further, they would dawn gold chains, white tank tops and Adidas work out suits all in an attempt to be a Gypsy Punk Band. But Albuquerque, in all it’s weirdness has such an odd, displaced punk scene, that any thing that tries is worth paying attention to.
Apparently, Beke Dragoste is calling it quits after a long hiatus in June according to an email I received from drummer Nyet Nyet Dragoste. This is bummer, because Duke City could really use this band. Humor is a hard sell and Beke Dragoste seems to have enough humility in what they are doing that they pull it off. Or maybe they are a bunch of assholes who just want to take the stereotypes of the gypsy culture and make music about it. There just won’t be enough time to tell at this point since they are calling it a day in June, before even really having an opportunity to take hold of Albuquerque, like just about every other band I’ve heard of from here (does NOISEAR even play in town?).
The good, you can download a 6 track EP off band camp for free. Their one and only offering is called Peace, Love and Water and it’s full of laughs, low fi recordings and nice roomy drum hits. Fans of Gogo Bordello with a sense of humor might be into this, but really, if you just like to crack a smile and realize the world doesn’t have to always be so serious, just pick it up for the nice price of free.