VICIO - LAREDO Vinyl 7"
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If the Bad Brains were from the US-Mexico borderlands they would’ve sounded like Vicio. Full stop. Latinx youth from the streets of Laredo pumping out tracks to smash border walls. You should have picked this up when it was a demo tape back in 2000, but you didn’t. This is the final Emma Navajas Records release, twenty years in the making. Eight tracks of wake-the-f-up Latinx hardcore in Spanish. The drums hit like a marching snare, a call to rise up and confront racism and fascism, which in case you haven’t noticed is alive and well in 2020 as it was for these border youth twenty years ago. Musically speaking, if you wanna geek out, listen closely to this record and its colors and tones. Roberto has a signature bass tone that so many bands today try to get. When you hear it, you’ll ask what the kids asked back then: "How do you get that tone?" That’s not something you can just get. That tone was created out of necessity and urgency, for then as much as for today.