Anti-Corpos: feminist lesbian hardcore via São Paulo
The original goal of a genre like hardcore punk has always been to change things, fight injustices, and give a voice to those who are oppressed. However, it feels like with time, the hardcore scene has become a niche built for white males, with many live shows turning into a gym for violent people, a phenomenon that has inevitably pushed others away from the scene and from its great potential. It’s in this context that the importance of Anti-Corpos, who define themselves a feminist lesbian hardcore band, becomes evident. They epitomize the original spirit of hardcore.
Anti-Corpos are from São Paulo, Brazil, and they might be the angriest band you’ll ever hear. No triggered double-kicks, pompous guitar riffs, or carefully faked screams. Only real and necessary anger. Their urgency is evident in the strident vocals of singer Rebeca Domiciano: she needs to scream and to get things off her chest. It feels like her voice, while refusing to precisely follow her band mates fast-paced tempos, can actually make a difference.
Their latest full-length, released in 2015, is a great example of political hardcore. It’s titled ‘Forma Prática de Luta’ (‘Practical Way Of Fighting’) and contains eight short and intense tracks that talk about police brutality, patriarchal abuse, and finding ways to resist to any kind of oppression. The lyrics are in Portuguese, but they barely need to be translated, seeing how energetic and heartfelt everything sounds. In their live shows, this anger is even amplified while male chauvinist violence is not tolerated. It’s what hardcore should simply be like, now more than ever.
Cienfue: “a smoke-filled tour of eighties influences and tropical neon leisure rays”
Cienfue is a Panama artist who makes the perfect beach music for college-me who used to go somewhere warm for spring break.
“‘Mounstro’ comes from collaborations between Rasta Lloyd, a prolific urban reggae producer in Panama, Makako and Cienfue. Cienfue’s fourth full-length studio album is a smoke-filled tour of eighties influences and tropical neon leisure rays.”
Morada de Pájaros: Latin Folk for all you romantics
I’m a sucker for any sad accordion waltz played with delicate piano and mournful vocals. Well played, Morada de Pájaros.
Alvaro Lancellotti: a slow and distorted take on Afro-Brazilian and samba
Alvaro Lancellotti‘s slow and distorted take on Afro-Brazilian and samba caught me off guard – I was expecting acoustic singer-songwriter, but I ended up with something that sounded more like Tinariwen.
The Islingtons: For fans of Modest Mouse and Elbow
The Islingtons remind me of Modest Mouse in its salty and lonesome guitars and Elbow in its booming vocals. This album would go well with some body of water and bad memories.
Shika Shika: fostering global collaboration between artists across continents
From Bandcamp bio:
“Shika Shika is a record label without owners for music without borders. We want to bring together producers from around the world exploring the line between organic and electronic music. The platform aims to foster global collaboration between artists, designers, videographers, product designers and creative minds across continents.”
And a full statement on the label’s latest release ‘Mare Insularum’:
“Today marks the dawn of a new era in the politics world and 2016 saw monumental shifts in how the world is shaping up for the future. Inspired by an atmosphere of desperation, frustration and a lack of hope we went to music to seek solace, inspiration and a reminder of the incredible things humans are able to do if they are open minded, work together, cross borders and get creative.
Mare Insularum translates as Sea of Islands and also the name of one of the many lunar seas. In line with Shika Shika’s vision, the album not only showcases music that is blurring borders and genres, seeking inspiration from past and present, but also music that offers hope, escape, inspiration.
We believe in the power of music and we believe in the power of collaboration. Despite the shift in the white house and the apparent slide into a dangerous new world, at Shika Shika we also believe 2017 is going to be a year of resistance and of hope.
We want to say thanks to all the artists for contributing new tracks, edits and pieces directly written for this compilation.”
F.H.E.L.D.: Acid jazz, electrofunk, Blur, and some Latin-flavored pop
I hear acid jazz, electrofunk, Blur, and some Latin-flavored pop via the mysterious F.H.E.L.D. English Bandcamp translation:
“Telepath is a revelation of what we would like to be as humans. Skip the protocol and directly access our thoughts. However confused they may be. Listen to Telepath ..”
Fiesta Bizarra: Peruvian screamo influenced by dance and emo
Sometimes a band’s name properly reflects its sound. Think of Fiesta Bizarra, for example. The translation from the Spanish literally means “bizarre party.” And the music of this five-piece from Peru feels like a crackling feast: twinkly and melodic, fast and thrilling. On the other hand, a fiesta where a guy screams at the top of his lungs is at least slightly odd.
Fiesta Bizarra is a young band from Trujillo, the third biggest city in Peru. They play a very distinctive and lighthearted type of screamo which occasionally turns melancholy but never enters the realm of desperation or depression. Their sound is sort of reminiscent of Floridian bands Gillian Carter or You’ll Live. It’s probably not a coincidence, and it’s even tempting to call this genre “oceanic screamo,” where emotions are still real and burdensome but cold and foggy landscapes are replaced by sunny beaches.
After two EPs and a 4-way split record with bands from Germany, Italy, and Malaysia, the band released their first full-length last year with Sadness Sorrow Imathgination. While Fiesta Bizarra doesn’t seem to want to take themselves too seriously, like the joyful atmosphere and titles such as “:3” or “RAR” suggest, their songwriting is worthy to be taken seriously.
Their songs stir offhandedly between fast screamo parts and math-rock moments. Drummer Mateo Novoa never keeps the same rhythm for more than a few seconds and constantly adds dynamism to the band’s sound. Most of the job, however, is done by the delightful weaving of the two guitars, alternating passionate strumming and twinkly neurotic melodies. Singer Yosefu Rodriguez unceasingly screams with all of his heart and throat; even when his voice takes a break, the band’s sound is truly rousing. Like in “Oh Summer Summer!”, where a more melodic emo approach is chosen with glaring efficacy. Or in the opening and closing tracks, where the tender voice of guest vocalist Noelia Cabrera grants even more variety to a record that’s already a great example of how variegated screamo can be.
Los Grises: Mexican powerviolence at its most beautiful
Some words associated with Mexico’s Los Grises: doom, hardcore, powerviolence, sludge, melodic, loud, and beautiful.
Moro: putting an Argentinian sound and face to NON
Buenos Aires musician Moro is a member of NON, a worldwide resistance movement for African artists and supporters. Okayafrica did a great profile on NON and Moro’s self-branded musical style dubbed “Ramba,” which is part revival club part and part imaginative beat making that, in this track below, features a lovely Björk remix.