Piñata Protest is an accordion fronted punk rock band from Texas. The San Antonio band's fusion of Tex-Mex and punk is a fresh sound the LA Weekly hails as "festively energetic," and NPR alt Latino deems "brilliant" and "mind blowing." An intoxicating border mash up of The Ramones and Ramon Ayala.
On the band's new album, El Valiente, (joint release by Cosmica Records and Saustex Media) the band's irreverently self-described "mojado punk" develops and explodes into a strong and cohesive mix of punk rock aggression, cheeky riffs on Mexican standards, and original songs reflecting their lives, influences, and desire for a mosh pit, Tejano style.
El Valiente hit stores on May 21st and only three weeks later one of its tracks, "Volver, Volver," had already made NPR Music's mid-year list of 50 Favorite Songs of 2013.
Now Pinata Protest launches a new string of concerts including dates with Reverend Horton Heat, Molotov and Dia De Los Toadies Festival with The Toadies, Gary Clark Jr. and Eisley as well as a national tour this fall with Guttermouth and Agent Orange.
"This bilingual accordion-fronted quartet is committed to the notion that old-school punk rock and old-school Latin border music can be fused into something modern. And loud," notes The New York Times. As singer/accordionist Alvaro Del Norte stresses, it's simply an organic development out of the differing sounds that the band members all heard as they grew up and came of age. And from his belief that music should first and foremost provide a fun release from the rigors of everyday life. Along with del Norte, Piñata Protest is comprised of guitarist Marcus Cazares and his bassist twin brother Matt and drummer JJ Martinez.
Songs like "Vato Perron," "Tomorrow, Today" and the title track, "El Valiente," perfectly capture the band's signature blend of speeded up Tex Mex, buzzing guitars, and way witty Spanglish lyrics. "Life On The Border" explores the insider/outsider Mexican Americans experience in a bright accordion-led punk rock drinking song. And in the band's cover of the classic Mexican ranchera standard "Volver, Volver," Piñata playfully sticks to the songs lyrical traditions while adding a punk rock element making the classic tune equally at home in a San Antonio West Side beer joint or in a So Cal punk rock club. The band closes the set with a pummeling burst of wham, bam, thank you ma'am fury on "Que Pedo" which shifts back and forth from punk to speed metal and back again in the course of its blistering 45 second running time.
Crisscrossing the country on tour, the band has honed their sound to a razor's edge sharpness. Look for the band's high wattage energy and rollicking powerhouse live performance in a town near you.
PINATA PROTEST TOUR 2013:
Aug 06 - Korova (opening for Molotov) - San Antonio, TX
Aug 09 - Live Oak Music Hall - Fort Worth, TX **
Aug 10 - Antone's - Austin, TX **
Aug 11 - John T. Floore Country Store - Helotes, TX **
Sep 14 - Dia de los Toadies - Fort Worth, TX
w/ Toadies, Gary Clark, Jr, Eisley, The Dirty River Boys, The Burning Hotels, The O's, Oil Boom and more
**With Reverend Horton Heat
With Guttermouth and Agent Orange
Sep 20 - Backstage Bar & Billiards - Las Vegas, NV
Sep 21 - Burt's Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 22 - Neurolux Lounge - Boise, ID
Sep 24 - The Shakedown - Bellingham, WA
Sep 25 - El Corazón - Seattle, WA
Sep 26 - Dante's - Portland, OR
Oct 03 - The Top Hat - Missoula, MT
Oct 04 - The Eagles - Sheridan, WY
Oct 05 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
Oct 06 - Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 07 - Aggie Theatre - Fort Collins, CO
Oct 10 - The Castle Theatre - Bloomington, IL
Oct 11 - Reggies Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Oct 12 - The Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
Oct 13 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
Oct 14 - Smalls - Hamtramck, MI
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.