La Plebe / Press

“La Plebe became one of the biggest buzz bands in punk in 2007 when ¡Hasta La Muerte! was released by growing powerhouse Red Scare, though they've actually been around since 2001 and independently put out several releases since 2003. Even without Red Scare on Brazo en Brazo, La Plebe has another solid record on their hands that is sure to convert even more into believers of the bilingual horn-punk fiesta.”

“When I'm excited about a new release, it takes a couple of listens before I'm dancing to the music. It's the first listens, that contemplative time when, as someone who writes about music tries to figure out a narrative to the CD, to put an audio experience into words. La Plebe doesn't give me such luxury. From the first chord, the first drum beat, I'm 100% committed to the positive charge their music gives me. I feel I can only cheapen the experience by saying anything other than, it's La Plebe and their latest release, Brazo en Brazo, rules. ”

“Remember Rancid? That is, the one from about seventeen years ago? In 1993, the East Bay punk band released its debut album, full of short and fast songs that were as fun as they were angry.Things aren't the same anymore, but the feeling's alive and well on Brazo en Brazo, the fourth release from this well-honed Spanish-language punk band out of San Francisco's Mission District. Like Rancid, the members of La Plebe cite The Clash as their primary influence, but they combine the driving guitars and boisterous drums with half of a mariachi band — namely, a killer horn section and multi-part vocals. La Plebe means "the common people," so naturally the group's setlist includes songs called "Campesino" and "Opresión." But finale "Been Drinkin'" brings it home. (Koolarrow)”