Mojo (UK)

Down­town Boys

Cost Of Liv­ing SUB POP. CD/DL/LP

- Laura Snapes Entertainment · Urbanism · Cincinnati · Rhode Island · United States of America · Donald Trump · Fun (band) · Fugazi · Guy Picciotto · Sub Pop Singles Club · The Ex · The Ex · Joey DeFrancesco

Fugazi’s Guy Pic­ciotto pro­duces the bilin­gual punks’ Sub Pop de­but. Rhode Is­land’s Down­town Boys have been cru­cial par­tic­i­pants in the US un­der­ground since their self-ti­tled 2012 de­but. In her un­spar­ing roar, Vic­to­ria Ruiz dis­man­tles colo­nial­ism and ad­vo­cates for Chi­cana and Latino pride in English and Span­ish, and the brass-abet­ted group thrash like Dutch punks The Ex and swag­ger like Spring­steen. Fol­low­ing 2015’s rau­cous Full Com­mu­nism comes Cost Of Liv­ing, which slightly tem­pers pro­ceed­ings to am­plify their mes­sage. The sax­o­phones are softer and gui­tars nakedly sta­dium; I’m Enough (I Want More) even re­calls The Na­tional at their most tri­umphant. But no­body writes like Ruiz and Joey DeFrancesc­o, who es­pouse strength in the face of op­pres­sion. Ruiz’s best mode is mock­ing fury, wielded against Trump (A Wall), scene ex­clu­siv­ity (Prom­is­sory Note) and the con­se­quences of si­lence (Vi­o­lent Com­plic­ity). The leer­ing tone makes an al­ready fear­less record gen­uinely fun.

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