Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Downtown Boys - "Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)"

Photo via Facebook
I was just a wee bit nervous when I saw that Providence, RI's Downtown Boys had signed to Sub Pop Records. Not that Sub Pop is Sony Records (is Sony Records still a thing, actually), but they're a pretty huge label in our universe, and I'd hate to see Downtown Boys' sound get watered down by a label.

With "Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)," it looks like I had nothing to worry about. Downtown Boys are still as fiery and in your face as they have ever been, and more politically relevant than ever before. Sung entirely in Spanish, the song is an absolute frenzied traincrash you can't ignore, but one with a groove to it. According to a Facebook post, the song "... is a declaration of one’s ability to decolonize one’s mind, and the importance of fearlessly unlearning the ways white supremacy conditions people to think and exist."

Downtown Boys' Sub Pop debut is due sometime later this year. You can listen to "Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)" below. For more on Downtown Boys, be sure to check them out on Facebook and Bandcamp.

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