The Krays are back on the radar with a sound reminiscent of SoCal punk interlaced with sexy Spanish tendencies. Imagine local boys Piñata Protest without the accordion (sacrilege, we know, but still damn good), and Social Distortion in a West Side Story street fight. Sedated love and political, angst-filled lyrics, sometimes delivered in English, sometimes in Spanish, are infused with tender musical moments and a basic thriving drumbeat. They go back and forth between fast-paced songs like “The Reckless Use of Power” and “We Lose,” and softer descriptions of the triumphs and sorrows of barrio life, as in the case of “Vida Profunda” (inner, deep life) and “Mundo Perdido” (lost world). This multifaceted group is a case study of how amalgamated strums can send hot and sweaty crowds into messy mosh pits and sensuous salsa steps. It’s rebel yells and sweet serenades rolled into one, and singing and dancing is encouraged too.
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