Aztlan Underground Launches New Album and Tour

A lyrical quest for unity among indigenous people

By Aztlan Underground
Published on LatinoLA: July 1, 2010

Aztlan Underground Launches New Album and Tour

Aztlan Underground announces the launch of their third independent, self-titled album Aztlan Underground; and up-coming "We Don't Need No Stinkin' Badges" Tour, inspired by the recent political distress in the southwestern state of Arizona. "The reality is that the earth is too small to ignore our interdependence and interconnection as a human family. To ignore this fact is to uphold archaic notions of superiority of one group of people over another," said lead vocalist Yaotl.

The band is rehearsing and preparing for several important dates including an anti-drugs educational and music workshop for the Nuu chah nulth Nation in Canada in July. Reaching out to underprivileged Native youth is a priority for the band members who themselves faced many of the same struggles growing up around violence and poverty. "It's about the language of expressing what we see in one another, helping give voice to the voiceless and shedding light on injustice," says drummer Caxo.

The new self-titled album features an evolution towards a more global, humanitarian struggle. Traditional indigenous rhythms, modern industrial sounds, and the hypnotizing sense of timelessness of the songs stretch the boundaries from standard compositions to become 8- to 9-minute nonconformist journeys. Collaborating as a circle with no bosses and no leaders, each member contributes their personal story to the creation of a song. Four versions of the same story are told in four different ways at the same time. The bilingual English and Nahuatl (language of the Aztecs) album, Aztlan Underground, is available now on iTunes and in-stores July 2010.

The "We Don't Need No Stinkin' Badges" Tour is set to cross the Southwestern states of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Southern California in the fall bringing their message of peace and unity. "Let us see Arizona's SB1070 for what it is; Devolution. Let us evolve together as a human family and abolish racism and nationalism forever," says the band. In addition to the tour, Aztlan Underground has been invited to perform at the 2010 Native American Music Awards in November where the new album has been nominated for an award in the Rock category.

About Aztlan Underground:
The new self-titled album "Aztlan Underground" (2009) is available now on iTunes. Available in stores July 2010. Visit www.facebook.com/aztlanunderground
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