Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Más Allá De Los Gritos! 90s U.S.-based Latino and Chicano Hardcore Punk bands special post. Part 2.

Note: Land And Freedom. The land belongs to those who work it with their own hands. 

Hello, les chaton.nes! We're back with the second part of our special post. For this entry, we'll feature Logical Nonsense, No Le$$, Tezacrifico and Ruido split, Tragátelo, Tras de Nada and Youth Against. Let's begin. 

Logical Nonsense - Deadtime LP


This impressive Santa Fe-based hardcore punk band existed between 1991 and 1998. During its lifetime, Logical Nonsense released two splits with 23 More Minutes (1991) and Grimple (1994), Deadtime LP (1993), Sound Pollution LP/CD (1995) and Expand The Hive LP/CD (1997). The band also participated to different compilations as well. Regarding the sound, Logical Nonsense played powerviolence with some crust and grindcore traces, as well as some mid-80s and early 90s NYHC influences. The lyrics are in english. As you may expect, the lyrics were highly political treating different issues such as nationalism, american mass hysteria, religion, war, different everyday struggles, among others. As other featured bands in the documentary, I didn't know this one before watching it. I'm not really sure if there are other local bands of the time that played like Logical Nonsense. Pretty cool. Finally, I'll only feature this record because of...well, reasons. If you really dig this band, we can in the near future feature their other works. It's up to you to make it happen. FFO classic powerviolence such as No Comment and Plutocracy. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

No Le$$ - Boxed In LP 

Speaking of Plutocracy, we have this band that was born from the ashes of that influential powerviolence band. No Le$$ existed between 1993 and 1998 and released a good bunch of material and collaborations to different hardcore punk and powerviolence-related compilations, including the legendaries Blllleeeeaaaauuurrrggghhhh!, Fiesta Comes Alive and El Guapo. There's also a compilation named Le$$on$ 93-98, released by Push Down And Turn Records in 2004, that reunites all the material ever recorded and released by No Le$$. Regarding the sound, it's pure powerviolence with some traces of grindcore. Simple as that. And how about the lyrics? Well, they were highly political but there were also other songs full of ironies and parodies. Pure 90s powerviolence style, papus and mamus. Even though this band wasn't as successful or influential as Plutocracy, only the true diehard powerviolence fans would know that this band has nothing to envy to their homologues of the time. And I think many modern powerviolence also pay tribute to this powerful 90s latino/chicano outfit. Finally, I'll only feature the Boxed In LP because it's the only record that I've got. Maybe in the near future this band will come back. Just maybe... Anyway, it's highly recommended. If you enjoyed the previous band, you'll love this one too. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Tragátelo - S/T and split with Kontra Attaque 


One of my favorite L.A.-based female-fronted hardcore punk bands is finally here. It featured members of Subsistencia, Los Crudos and Life's Halt. They only released one split with Kontra Attaque (1999, Subversive Rhymes) and their spectacular S/T (2003, Lengua Armada Records). Regarding the sound, they played highly-political hardcore punk, much like their homologues. Alongside with Sin Orden, Tragátelo was also one of the first bands that took the lessons and influences of the 90s latino and chicano hardcore punk to the newest generations of spanish-speaking hardcore bands, as well as the growing number of female-fronted bands around the world during the next decade. Their lyrics were in spanish and treated different topics such as feminism, social injustices, defense for indigenous causes, relationships between individuals, state and capitalism, among others. It's one of the best post-Los Crudos bands out there. Finally, we'll feature their both records. Note that the featured songs on the split with Kontra Attaque were later re-recorded for the S/T, so technically they only have one album. (Oh, Mindblown. Tell me more about it). Both records were ripped by our friend OSMX4 (Thank you, pal!), so the credits go to him. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Ruido / Tezacrifico split 


Originally for this entry, I'd only write about the almost enigmatic L.A.-based mexican hardcore punk band Tezacrifico but it was nearly impossible to get their only tape named To Stop Us You Must Kill Us (1994, Subversive Rhymes Records). Just like happened with Sbitch, Internet didn't help either and I couldn't get it. Our friend OSMX4 (Thank you, once again pal!) provided us their split with Ruido (1997, El Grito Records), another L.A.-based powerviolence outfit, that will also be featured on the next entry of this special post. Sadly, the split is ripped in two tracks and each one contains all the bands' songs in one file, respectively. Regarding the sound, Tezacrifico plays politically conscious hardcore punk with thrashcore and powerviolence influences and, their lyrics are both in spanish and english. The featured songs for this split have the particularity of being noisy and crazy as fuck. I really loved them. And, finally, Ruido, well, we already mentioned that they played powerviolence but we'll further write about them on the next entry. If we get a physical copy of both records, I'll upload them. Promised. This split is absolutely a must, though. Give it a try. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Tras De Nada - Tracks taken from the split with Insolentes and compilation tracks


Once again, our friend OSMX4 (Thank you, for the third time, pal!) "saved the country" providing us the songs that this enigmatic yet impressive Chicago-based hardcore punk band recorded more than ten years ago. They formed in 1999 with a sound and lyrical content pretty similar to their homologues Los Crudos, Youth Against and Huasipungo. Their first official release was until 2007, when they shared a split with mexican hardcore punk band Insolentes (Southkore Records). The second official release were three songs for Ratas De Ciudad compilation, featuring other local latino hardcore punk bands. This compilation will also be present in our special post, so we'll write about it later. And, the most recent official release, is a song named Invasión. It's available in their official bandcamp account, which you can access here. I'm not really sure if the aforementioned song is just a teaser for a future release. Also, I'm not sure about the future of this band. Firstly, their last song was recorded and released in 2013, almost 4 years of inactivity since then. And, secondly, there's a disclaimer on their official bandcamp account, where they publicly announced the expulsion of their original bassist because he was implied in different sexual harrasment episodes since long time ago. So, I'm not sure if they already got another bassist or if its absence has also been a cause of their inactivity. Finally, you should check this band out. It's really cool. Click on the image for getting the file. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Youth Against! - La Revolución De Los De Abajo and Libertad Y Justicia Para Quién?


We successfully conclude this second part of the special post with this impressive Chicago-based hardcore punk band. Youth Against followed the same steps of Los Crudos and created a short, fast and ferocious political hardcore punk with some traces of crust punk, thrashcore and early 90s NYHC. Most of their lyrics are in spanish and treat different topics such as immigration and transborder struggles, racism, xenophobia, anarchism, indigenous people struggles, political and economic injustices, etc. Now, they only released two records Libertad Y Justicia Para Quién? (1995, Alarma Records) and La Revolución De Los De Abajo (1997, Alarma Records). They also contributed to Libérame compilation (already featured here in the blog). Originally, they were known as Youth Against Fascism but later changed it for Youth Against! before the release of their second album. Also, for this record, there was a line-up change with only Nuco (vocals) and Fernando (guitar, that later changed to drums) as original members. Fernando Esparza took the guitar, whilst "Betocore" took the bass. I'm not really sure when this musical group disbanded, but after that Nuco, Fernando and Esparza formed Pkadores, whilst "Betocore" joined Tras De Nada (and you already know what happened later). Finally, you should get the record of this band. It's one of the best U.S. latino and chicano hardcore punk outfits in the 90s. The file contains both records, as well as artwork, lyrics sheet (except for the first record), layout and inserts. All-in-one. I hope you enjoyed this second part of the special post and we'll be back tomorrow with more surprises. Oh yeah. Kisses and Hugs!

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