This week on Tuesday Reviewsday, Justino Aguila shares some of his favorite new releases from Latino rockers paying homage to their musical roots. His selections include a band from L.A. that weaves political commentary into their ranchero/alternative style.
Artist: The Mexican Standoff
The Mexican Standoff’s song "Muro" criticizes the wall proposed by President Donald Trump and tells the story of one dreamer in this ranchero alternative band’s performance. They recently performed in Tijuana where the border meets the sea. The Mexican Standoff is a socially conscious L.A. band with a comedic undertone that's part of the L.A. Latin alternative scene. They sing in English and Spanish and play folk music from the border. The members of the Mexican Standoff are accomplished musicians. Last year they headlined the opening night of Spaceland in the Levitt Pavillion Summer Series, and Echo Park Rising.
Here are some of Justino's other favorites...
Album: Somos Uno
Songs: “Somos Uno"
Mexico City's Centavrvs fuse electronica with traditional Latin rhythms and pop. The Grammy-nominated band's new album, Somos Uno (We Are One), features their latest single "Debilidad," which references the big band sounds of Mexico's traditional dance halls. Centavrvs formed in 2010 during the Bicentennial celebrations of the Mexican Revolution. The band's original sound reinterpreted regional Mexican music with electronica experimentation.
Songs: "Temor y Temblor” (Fear and Trembling)
Zoë, the Grammy award-winning Mexican rock band, is back with a 2018 U.S. tour to commemorate 20 years in music. Their latest single is "Temor y Temblor" from their upcoming album that has yet to be announced, but due this month (April). Their tour will take them to the U.S., Mexico, South America and Spain. Zoe has performed at the most important festivals and stages around the world such as Vive Latino (Mexico City), Lollapalooza (Argentina and Chile), Estéreo Festival (Colombia), Rock in Rio (Spain), Austin City Limits (USA), and Coachella (USA).