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PIñATA PROTEST / Press

“A concept as basic as layering the joyful noise of traditional Latin border music over the reliable, mosh-ready riffs of old-school punk, is what defines the band's self-described mojado punk, and that's all it needs. Instantly recognizable and just as instantly likable, Piñata Protest's sound is addictive and satisfying.”

“Cleverly conjoining more traditional Mexican music with the relentless speed and guitar-powered onslaught of punk rock, this San Antonio band makes cowpunk from the other side of the fence. Smart and dynamic in the same stead as Mariachi El Bronx, Piñata Protest respects both forms enough that even purists will find something to love here”

“This band is manic, Hispanic, accordion driven, and loaded with punk rock attitude. Alvaro Del Norte squeezes and plies the keys of his accordion with frenzied energy. He even had two safety pins glued to his accordion, which only proved their punk rock attitude. Del Norte is an amazing performer. He leaps about, spins around the stage and even does windmills on his accordion a la Pete Townshend. He exudes charisma from every pore and at one point even leaped off the stage and danced around with a couple girls from the audience all without missing a note on his accordion.”

“...but the gas pedal wasn’t anywhere near the floor until Pinata Protest started up. From the moment self-taught accordionist Álvaro del Norte and the other members of Pinata Protest took the stage, The Independent was at full throttle. Sweat-soaked shenanigans and musical insanity ensued, while Pinata Protest kicked out their self-described mojado punk. With most of their songs being in the classic style of punk rock (just over two minutes or less), it seemed as though they played every song they knew and even threw in some renditions of some classic Mexican sing-alongs…and the women went wild!”

“...it impossible not to be affected by their intense, frenzied accordion powered punk/rock/tejano/pop music. Oh you don’t speak en espanol? Neither do I, but this is a band that continues to prove that good music is recognizable, even when you don’t understand the words. They are a band that is in your face, and living proof that musical cultures can combine to create something powerful. And live they are impossible to resist. If you’re not dancing, then you can’t be in that room, because the energy is just that intense.”

“The object of my quest is San Antonio’s Piñata Protest, as fine of an example of Latin Punk as one could ever hope to see. In case you’re wondering, successfully turning a 19th century folk ballad such as “La Cucaracha” into punk rock takes four things: a lot imagination, at least a dash of music theory, some serious musical chops, and a giant set of cahones. Piñata Protest would seem to be equipped with all four.”

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