Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Los Crudos - Las Injusticias Caen Como Pesadillas

'Las Injusticias Caen Como Pesadillas'
Los Crudos
1994

Review by Joe McManamon-Simon

Genre/s: Hardcore Punk
For Fans Of:  Bastardos Sin Nombre, Koro, The Faith, Failures (none of these are really all that accurate on their own)

Los Crudos is probably definitely one of the most important hardcore punk bands of all time. Their stripped down, no bullshit, hyper aggressive approach to the style, coupled with their strong political stances, made for a band who have no peers (except maybe Dropdead, with whom they were actually gong to do a split which ended up falling through). And what's amazing is they still have all of the power and intensity they had 20 years ago; I saw them at Damaged City Fest last year and was blown away.

This EP is one of my favorites, and for some reason, no good quality (or even complete) rip of it seems to exist anywhere on the internet which is a huge bummer. So, once again, I decided to take matters into my own hands and deliver the goods to the masses.

I have a lot of trouble trying to compare Los Crudos to any other bands. Sure there are some identifiable pieces here and there like guitar work which can be traced back to first wave LA punk bands like The Plugz and The Bags; or drumming reminiscent of chaotic mid-80s Japanese punk like Gauze and Lipcream. But somehow, despite there being bits of this and that, and even though their music can definitely be considered fairly straightforward hardcore punk, Los Crudos manage to create something which defies comparison. I don't want to make the lazy connections to random latino punk bands (which is like people who use the term "female fronted" as though it's a genre in and of itself) or to other bands members of Los Crudos have been like Limp Wrist, Charles Bronson, MK-Ultra, etc who don't even really sound similar.

My inability to come to a conclusion on comparisons aside, this is one of my favorite hardcore punk 7"s ever and you should listen to it.

Tracklisting:
1. No Estoy Convencido
2. Curiosidad
3. Porque
4. Tu Lo Enseñaste
5. Lucha Para Que Te Escuchen
6. Corrido Jodido

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