“Wiċċek ma’ wiċċi, riħa ta’ ħara.” What can you expect from a band that literally debuted with that chant? Well, even more relentless guitar fuzz, pumping drums, droning basslines… and an explicit word thrown in here and there.
Local punk trio Bila have unleashed their new EP Deheb, Inċens u Bila, and it’s six tracks of… well, exactly what you’d expect in name and sound.
Featuring tracks like the opening Maħta, the instrumental Falda and the very direct Cut Tree Die, the 14-minute EP is short but very straight to the point. There’s no sugar-coating here; what you see is what you get, and what you hear is some good old heavy punk perfect for Halloween Week. There’s even a feature by hip hop favourite Eddie Fresco in there for good measure.
And how do you celebrate the release of your new EP? Well, if you’re BILA, with an American tour, of course.
Taking to the States with US-based dystopian post-rock outfit Staghorn, the Maltese punk band have even made a little bit of history for the island with this expansive tour.
“All the way from the Mediterranean country of Malta, they are the first punk band to tour America from their country,” Staghorn proudly announced, sharing a poster of the very busy 13-gig tour stretching from Chicago to Kansas (and everywhere in between).
If you’re anywhere in the US from now until mid-November, be sure to hit Bila up with some trans-Atlantic love. If you’re not, then you’re going to have to belt out Maħta from all the way in Malta.