Bombon - "Pow Wow"

16 Jan
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Surf rock and roll band from San Pedro, California, formed in 2009.While surf rock plays a vital role in this San Pedro trio’s repertoire, girl groups and their later poppy garage-punk offshoots are undoubtedly a close secondary influence. By name alone, their 2015 cassette EP A Date With Bombón (Burger Records), harkens back to both, and the vocals are generally heavens-high. There are rowdier cuts like “Somebody Told Me,” that nod to archetypal punk crass, just like the vast majority of their jittery debut LP, Las Chicas Del Bombón, released five years earlier. Their latest single “¡Xicanista!” is all of those things — but most importantly, it’s pure badassery. Could it be the Chicana feminist punk anthem of the ages? The corresponding video completes the empowerment package: The band and buds are seen hanging out, rollerskating, spray painting graffiti and roller skating while spray painting graffiti. When they face the camera to declare, “Somos Xicanistas! Somos, somos feministas!” over a wobbly surf riff — damn, we just really wanna join their crew.

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