Release date: Nov. 18, 2018
Lineup (per album sleeve):
- Papi Chulo: Guitar
- Riko Suave: Drums
- Pincho Mono: Bass and Vocals
***THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS REVIEW ARE THOSE OF A? AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF OUR ORGANIZATION***
Ok, so, usually, we try not to get too “political” with our posts; but with this particular album, that’s simply not possible.
So, here’s what I’m gonna do…
If it’s unavoidable, I’m just gonna say “fuck it all,” and just go for it…
I mean, given the current climate, it’s “all or nothing,” right?
Having said that…
I don’t think words have been created to portray the utter contempt and disgust that I feel about the government right now… so I’ll invent a few:
The embrace of Fascism and complete denial of facts and reality by the Republicans…
The complete and total FAILURE of the Democratic Party to fully comprehend the severity of our problems, and their pathetic need to treat this all like a “difference of opinion,” because the hippies still think that we can all just sing “Kumbiyah” and “get along”…
I’m sick of it ALL!!!
I’m sick of the concentration camps popping up on the Southern border! I’m sick of the overt RACISM of Trump and the CULT that follows him! I’m sick of watching well-meaning people trying to present facts to CAVEMEN who are too brainwashed to even LOOK at them! I’m sick of the right wing propaganda outlets that KEEP people brainwashed by LYING to their audiences on a daily basis!
… but I’m also a white guy…
… so a lot of the things going on now don’t impact me in the same ways that they impact people more darkly complected than myself… I’m never going to have racist assholes demanding to know my immigration status… I don’t have to fear that I or my family might be taken away by the ICE gestapo while waiting for the school bus with the kids…
… and watching other people have to go through this shit REALLY pisses me off!
That’s where Bricheros comes in…
A “Brichero” (or Brichera) is a seductive Peruvian man (or woman) who sleeps with foreign vacationers with the hopes of achieving citizenship in their country.
The band, Bricheros, are Peruvian immigrants; and this album paints a vivid picture of the justifiable anger that many immigrants are feeling right now, at the hands of racist policies that are wreaking havoc; and a racist CULT that’s developing increasingly violent tendencies.
Musically, they remind me a lot of a band I liked a lot in the 90’s, called Helmet. Similarities can also be drawn to Bad Religion, Sponge, Ramones, and even Tom Petty (in a good way). I guess I would say that they’re like old school New York attitude with an LA style.
The album is further complimented by the awesome cover art by Denver’s ICONIC artist, Joshua Finley!
I truly love listening to this album! After hearing Der FurHair spewing hatespeech for the last decade (including all the birther shit), it’s great to hear it get dished back so beautifully, from the people it’s directly impacted!
From that perspective, while vastly different in style, I like them for the one of the same reasons that I like bands like Gogol Bordello, Fishbone, and Bad Brains: the perspective gained; and the justice served via honest, heartfelt music!
If you’re as sick of this shit as I am, it’s safe to say that this is an album that you want in your collection. You can purchase it (I recommend the vinyl) at the Bandcamp link below:
Album link: https://bricheros.bandcamp.com/