Pereza

Baires

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Spanish rockers Pereza insist upon the lucrative DVD/CD format with Baires, at this point having released almost as many DVDs as studio albums. Baires is augmented with a book of photographs, songs lyrics, and guitar tabs, as well as a souvenir guitar pick. The heart of the package is, of course, the DVD documentary by Nahuel Lerena of the band's visit to Buenos Aires -- hence the title, a shortened version of the city's name. Although major stars in Spain, Pereza are virtually unknown in Argentina, and the film deals mostly with the idea of "starting again from the bottom," playing small gigs and doing low-profile promotion. There is footage of concerts, rehearsals, and their interaction with Argentine musicians such as Fito Páez and Lisandro Aristimuño, all amidst much banter as the band goes slumming in South America. The CD is actually an EP, as it only features five songs, two previously available on the Barcelona DVD, and three new songs, including covers by Albert Plá and Argentine rock band Intoxicados. There is also an audio interview by Spanish journalist and fan Angel Carmona. All pleasant enough, but hardly essential. Released in June 2009 with the band at its peak of popularity, Baires was obviously intended for avid fans with money to spare who could not wait for the new album, Aviones, eventually released in August of the same year.