April 26, 2010
Review of Pinata Protest's "Plethora"
Saustex Media (2010)
As the story goes, Spanish conquistadors were first to introduce the piñata into Mexican culture, a blending which yielded a symbol that ebodies celebration...
The band, Piñata Protest's music is a firebrand fusion of South Texas conjunto flare and puro punk rock angst, that typically results in a festive ritual of it's own style.
Their debut longplayer "Plethora" (Saustex Media) is packed from start to finish with three-chord punk rock-n-roll and (mostly) high-velocity Tex-Mex rhythms, that summon the Stacy Adams, Pro Ked, and Dr. Marten sects alike to the dancefloor.
This record captures well the kinetic & infectious energy that has long been a hallmark of Piñata Protest's live performances.
From the rollicking "Cantina" (a tale of partying pitfalls and a fine mamacita), and the manic "No Que Si" (about modern society's feigning of cultural equality), to songs that paint a picture of the harsh realities of migrant worker's life ("Campesino" and "Maquilapolis"), Vocalist/squeezeboxer Alvaro Del Norte and company set stories of social struggles and the life of the common people to a power-packed soundtrack that defies cultural catagorization, and blurs traditional musical boundaries.
Just as the great Esteban Jordan was dubbed the "Jimi Hendrix of the accordion", Piñata Protest seem to have appropriately assumed the mantle of "The Clash of conjunto".
--Review by Jerry Clayworth