Cumbia Meets Punk Rock

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Thee Commons Lotería Tribal Album Review

By Yvonne Villasenor

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Ever heard of a psychedelic cumbia punk band?

That’s right.

A psychedelic cumbia punk band.

Thee Commons bring a vast amount of variety to their music – the combination of genres makes for music you just can’t help but get your groove on to.

They’ve taken the sounds from their hometown of East Los Angeles as well as the diverse culture that inhabits it and have created something unlike anything I’ve ever heard. It’s refreshing and new in a scene that can easily become cookie-cutter and unoriginal.  

Thee Commons was founded by two brothers, David (vocals, guitar) and Rene Pacheco (drums). The Pacheco brothers have loved composing music since they were children and are now making their mark in the world of music.

They have recently incorporated saxophone into their songs. Sick, right?

The brothers started the band in 2012 and have released an E.P. named Sunburned at Midnight as well as Rock is Dead: Long Live Paper and Scissors (a compilation of eight volumes of E.P.s) and now, one full-length album since then.

Lotería Tribal consists of 14 songs, with songs titled in English, Spanish and even Spanglish.

The album is upbeat and will keep you on your feet – undoubtedly the ideal soundtrack for summer. Psychedelic, surf rock, punk, cumbia, even some rap components…What more could you possibly want out of an album?

As Thee Commons put it, “summer days are made for loving in this hot weather” and surely, this is an album Sucker will be loving once summer approaches.

Kick off your shoes and kick back, crack open a beer and listen to the sounds of L.A. This is definitely a record you don’t want miss.

The album will be released on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

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If you’re in the L.A. area, come to the release party and see them perform at The Teragram Ballroom with bands Quita Penas, Santoros and Sin Color on April 30.  

Doors: 8:00 p.m. // Show: 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $16-$18.

You can purchase Lotería Tribal at theecommons.bandcamp.com or at Burger Records.

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