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Llama Viva De La Rabia

Year Released: 2012
Format: LP
Label: Aborted Society
Reviewed by Lewis on May 18, 2013
This is some pretty tuneful, soulful Spanish language punk rock from the USA. Whilst poles apart in terms of sound from the legendary Los Crudos, their lyrics strike a similar chord; reflecting on the frustrations, injustice and oppression Latino people face in the so-called land of the free. Amongst the obligatory punk lyrical targets of war and social alienation lie more sober diatribes expressing the harsh realities of migration, racism and border control. A speeding punk rock message of defiance from those that must raise their voice, only broken by the occasional folk interlude. But this is not a depressing record, it is full of energy and bursting with life, passion and the irrepressible demand for justice. Whilst a product of the USA this band can not escape bearing a sound of those countries south of the border; a good starting point would be Puerto Rico's female-fronted Cojoba.

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