CPRA New Music Alert : Sinister Pig – Manifest Destiny

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Release Date: 2/14/19
Format: Digital, physical CD
Distro for North America: self released
Location: Occupied Cheyenne/Arapaho/Ute Territory

Current Lineup:

  • Ratt Dooley – Vocals/Pit Administrator
  • Tenaya Kodze’e – Bass/Vocals
  • Dave Maelstrom – Guitar
  • Cymballic Nate – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Defective Human, Manifest Destiny, Let Them Eat Guillotines, Fascist Killing Machines.
If you like these bands, you will love Sinister Pig: Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Black Flag, Death Angel, TSOL, Adolescents, DRI, Anti-Flag, Circle Jerks.


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Rarely can a recording capture the energy and attitude that a punk band demonstrates live, but I think this album has done it! On tracks like “Let Them Eat Guillotines” and “MMIW”, Sinister Pig trade vocals and phrases between members. This release is full of enthusiastic backing vocals that support the lead vocals, truly getting their message across. This is not music for the faint of heart. It’s political, impulsive, motivating, honest, and kicks your brain into thinking about the world around you. It touches on subjects that only a few bands are brave enough to discuss through their art; such as classism, societal pressures, fascism, residual economic issues leftover from the Reagan era, capitalism, and personal isolation.

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Musically, the band is in great form! Always in the pocket, the drums and bass lay a driving, pulsing, energetic rhythmic landscape for the guitars to shred over, and do they shred! The bass and guitar often have licks that work beautifully together, complimenting each other in unison or in contrary motion, while the vocals sit perfectly on top of the guitar parts. The lead vocalist encapsulates the rage and disdain many people feel about the current state of political affairs, while also maintaining a personal feeling…not an easy combination to attain.

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Overall, I love this album! Sinister Pig truly practices what they preach, and this album illustrates their beliefs very clearly. Listen to it, and listen to it loud!

Be sure to pick it up here on Valentine’s Day, https://sinisterpig.bandcamp.com/

Track listing:

  1. Defective Human
  2. Let Them Eat Guillotines
  3. MMIW
  4. It’s a Great Day…
  5. Solitude
  6. Manifest Destiny
  7. Which One
  8. Fascist Killing Machines
  9. Sick Society

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About The Reviewer:
Megan Kelley is the front woman for Denver based post-punk band Married a Dead Man. She is an accomplished pianist, keyboardist and singer, with a full time private music teaching studio. She is also a composer, songwriter and holds degrees in classical voice and piano, as well as a second degree in sound engineering. Music is her entire existence.

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Venezuelan Band Zeta: Friends, Music, Politics and The American Dream

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Photo By Nick Zimmer

Zeta is a bold word that fails to encompass the energy these men represent. This Latin-jazz band is at the forefront of the underground movement. For those who think Latin-jazz is a dated time piece, likely with themes of love or partying, you are dead wrong. This band moves in ways music rarely does; guitars shred, drums thump, you can feel the energy from a mile away. It is hard to sit still to a Zeta track. Psychedelia is what this band is about; and where it plays the most is in their live shows.

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Photo By Nick Zimmer

As a photographer, it can often be hard to keep an eye on just one member, everyone is moving; hell, the crowd is moving with them in an almost trance-like unity. Eduardo furiously keeping pace, Juan’s deep voice contrasting with his screaming guitar, Leonidas complimenting Juan’s voice in his bass, and Dani
seemingly at the helm hugging the audience into kinship in the quasi-religious experience.

Dani’s love for the crown becomes overwhelming at times it seems. His frantic running around, dancing, and overall harmony with the crowd often wins over those who have never even heard of Zeta, it did with me.

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After shows Dani converses with the crowd and seems to treasure every moment of it. We talked on where music is going and how important touring bands are to the underground scene, seeming to hype himself up every moment of the conversation that mentioned how Zeta have positively affected the Colorado
community as a whole.

A healthy vegan diet, love, understanding, and unity are entirely what this band seems to stand for and their member Dani portrays all of the above and more in a positively inspirational light. Despite this, the Venezuelan act have recently applied to stay in the United States with all members, except for Dani, being allowed to stay.

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I personally had vowed to not write any articles until my health
improves, but desperate times call for desperate measures and Dani, and the band as a whole, have impacted me and several others’ lives enough to require such action. As Dani is fighting to stay, I write this article express the true good Dani has done for this community and the good this band will do for the culture of our state and others into the future.

Sign the Change.org petition today, https://www.change.org/p/us-stop-uscis-from-splitting-the-band-zeta

Written for CPRA by Nou Nedih

***CPRA Editor Notes: As the Trump Administration continues its legacy of racially based immigration policies. CPRA will continue to fight and support good people facing deportation. I encourage everyone to read the story of Jose Algara Godoy. This story personally hit me very hard as I am a friend of a loved of Jose.

Links:

Dying Scene: https://dyingscene.com/news/tour-news-the-zeta-hardcore-may-have-to-cancel-remaining-tour-dates-due-to-visa-issues/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joinzeta/

Bandcamp: https://joinzeta.bandcamp.com/

Booking: booking@joinzeta.org