Saturday, January 12, 2013

BASTARDOS SIN NOMBRE - Brigada Subterranea EP

Inspired by a comment made by NO BEAST SO FIERCE, I pulled out this Colombian hardcore gem today. The late 80's - early 90's were a disastrous time for the people of Medellin. It was one of the most dangerous cities in the world due to the nearly unavoidable narco-terrorism. Many people were pressured into joining corrupt government armies as their only option, but many punks chose the music instead of the gangs and violence. Forming bands, pogoing at shows, and becoming immersed in the underground punk culture was an alternative (though still dangerous!) for the youth to resist the prominent narco-terrorism. 

BASTARDOS SIN NOMBRE released two EP's in '91 and '92 (this), and appeared on 2 compilations: the Estamos en la Sima cassette and the scathing La Ciudad Podrida LP. This great EP presents BSN as a tight, desperate, aggressive hardcore band with a full sound. I couldn't resist including the awesome artwork/lyric layout on the inner of the foldout sleeve!

I translated the lyrics to "La Ciudad Morgue" to English:

Who is killing our people
What is the reason for so much death
that has lost respect for life
when will this uncivil war 
City death
City death
All trapped within this concrete jungle
Panic and discontent is the only certainty
City death
City death

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