Thee Commons - Rock is Dead: Long Live Paper and Scissors Album Review

Thee Commons are one of my new favorite bands. They hail from East Los Angeles, CA and play some really fucking amazing psychedelic cumbia ...

Thee Commons are one of my new favorite bands. They hail from East Los Angeles, CA and play some really fucking amazing psychedelic cumbia punk. Basically, mix in jazz, 50's rock, punk, swing, and you've got yourself something close to what Thee Commons produce. Their latest album, "Rock is Dead: Long Live Paper and Scissors," came out in April of this year and brings us 20 tasty tracks, each more fun and exciting than the last.  There's plenty of cowbell, jangly guitars, reverb, chorus effects, latin rhythms, tropical riffs, and a healthy dose of punk attitude. This pair of three amigos reminds me of similar tropical pop aficionados like Vampire Weekend, Abe Vigoda and early Spanish and Mexican post-punk bands like Hombres G and Caifanes, respectively. They actually pay tribute to a Caifanes song "La Negra Tomasa" in cover form on "Juaneco y La Negra". In fact, they cover plenty of latin bands like 60s Peruvian garage band Los Saicos on "Demolicion" and tropicumbia band Los Sonors on "El Cable." Inspired by traditional Peruvian Chicha music which incorporates Cuban percussion, Colombian cumbia, and the pentatonic scales of Andean melodies, Thee Commons build on traditions from the past and aren't afraid to express themselves with different sounds from around the world.

Buy their latest album from their bandcamp here.
 

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