Back from the Underground

Aztlan Underground releases highly anticipated new album with live perfomance, Oct. 18

Published on LatinoLA: October 13, 2009

Back from the Underground

Socially conscious world-renowned Aztlan Underground is releasing a new album in 2009. The band, an institution among Los Angeles groups and freethinkers, has not released new material since its sophomore production, Sub-Verses, which was independently produced and distributed by the group in 2001.

The self-titled third album, Aztlan Underground, is currently in Digital Release. The Band will be celebrating with a live concert performance Sunday, October 18, 2009 along with performances by Geronimo and KillSonic.

Collaborating as a circle with no bosses and no leaders, Joe "Peps"; (bass, rattle, flutes), Ignacio "Caxo"; Lopez (drums), Yaotl (vocals, percussion) and Alonzo Beas (guitar, keyboard, synth) each contribute their own personal story to the creation of a song. Four versions of the same story are told in four different ways at the same time. With this ritual, Aztlan Underground has produced Decolonize (1995), Sub-Verses (2001), and the upcoming Aztlan Underground. The band's albums reflect a process of self-discovery and realization evolving from the anger of Decolonize to the new self-titled album, featuring an evolution toward a more global, humanitarian struggle. The new album maintains the indigenous infusion of sounds and timelessness where the songs stretch the boundaries of the standard composition and become eight- to nine-minute nonconformist journeys.

Aztlan Underground is a record that is a spectrum of urban tribalism mixed with post-punk fusion. To the band: "This album is a callout, a document, a cry, of love for humanity and for the Earth;" Just as nature's forces work to balance, Aztlan Underground is a merging of guitar, bass, drum, voice, and flute sounds implemented into a modern day context.

For nearly 20 years, Aztlan Underground has cultivated a grassroots audience across the world from Europe to Australia and, most importantly, in the Americas, from Canada to Venezuela. Initially disregarded as stereotypical American Yankees, Aztlan Underground shocks and awes foreign audiences with their respect for the ancient ways and songs of ancestors mixed with the modern, industrial sounds of today. They have performed with every socially relevant act, from Rage Against the Machine, Manu Chao, to Fermin Muguruza, and Dead Prez. Aztlan Underground remains true to their name and beliefs by playing political rallies, underground venues, and anywhere the doors open.


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