Album review: Thee Commons, “Loteria Tribal”

by Jon E. Lynch

Thee Commons, “Loteria Tribal”

Available: April 30 via Burger Records as a download, CD and a very limited run of cassette tapes directly from the band at theecommons.bandcamp.com/album/loteria-tribal

The manner that the avid and casual music fan digests music has changed. Drastically. The medium has changed, many have their entire “record” collections compressed beyond listenability. Many don’t own (or care) about the album format as a whole, but would rather own (read: nefariously co-opted, bit torrent-ed or downloaded) just a handful of tracks or singles.

However, sometimes you stumble onto your next favorite band thanks to these newfangled mediums, their tendrils, their tangents. Case in point: Thee Commons.

Colorado musician Chris Adolf (formerly of The Love Letter Band and Bad Weather California) has a 7” record forthcoming with his latest band, American Culture. Said 7” will be released on relatively new Denver based record label Heavy Dose. Heavy Dose is also releasing music by Denver stalwarts Colfax Speed Queen, who just finished a run of Colorado dates with, that’s right, Thee Commons.

Self-described as “psychedelic cumbia-punk,” the East LA quartet has been churning out demos, cassettes and EPs since 2012, bridging the gap between their musical roots and their local punk/rock/garage scene. Brothers David and Rene Pacheco are at the core of the lineup and recently incorporated saxophone that lends to their expanding sound, dipping heavily into surf-laden cuts. The (cumbia) punk ethos is strong with these Angelinos, as evident by perhaps the first great record to soundtrack the forthcoming summer.

Recommended for fans of Tito & Tarantula, Los Straightjackets, The Growlers or Dávila 666.

Jon E. Lynch[email protected]

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