Brujeria, 910 Live, 3/1/13

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The band's set last night was probably the most over-the-top subversion of Mexican/Latino/a identity I've ever seen. It wasn't like when I saw a Los Crudos reunion show in 2007, in which the band came off as angry but intelligent people who were passionate about their culture. Brujeria played a set of brutal caveman music while dressed like members of the Sinaloa cartel. It was a representation of everything that people like Jan Brewer and Joe Arpaio fear about Mexican people. And it ruled.

Like the aforementioned Crudos, the majority of Brujeria's lyrics and stage banter are in Spanish. However, this wasn't an issue seeing as most of the people in attendance seemed to comprehend them and knew the lyrics by heart. Even a güero like myself could pick up on stuff: The band is all about smoking weed, killing things, and repping La Raza. I don't think that flew over anyone's heads.

Opening support generally fit in with Brujeria's brand of Mexican death metal. San Antonio's Piñata Protest were the least metal band on the bill, but the accordion-punk band had strong roots in Mexican folk music and it went over well with the crowd. L.A.'s Sangre played a set of metal that seemed classic, nü (in a good way), and modern all at once. The band seems to firmly believe that guitar solos and breakdowns can coexist peacefully. Tucson's Flying Donkey Punch brought their own brand of calculatedly tasteless, Suicidal Tendencies-influenced thrash. They, along with Godhunter, paint a portrait of Tucson for me as a city that doesn't care what you think.

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Mike Bogumill
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