Mexico City, Mexico
Jawbreaker, Built To Spill, Sonic Youth
Chikita Violenta has emerged from Mexico bringing us the best parts of the 90s indie rock we’ve been missing: an enticing combination of Pinehurst Kids, Sonic Youth, Jawbreaker. The band is pretty straightforward indie rock, loud and fast, complete with driving drumming, keyboards, fuzzy guitars and vocals, lots of feedback, some catchy riffs, and a whole lot of frantic charm. Did I mention they were pretty handsome fellas, too?
Mexico has long been a hot spot for music, varying wildly from talented pop acts like Natalia LaFourcade to old school rockers like El Tri, to modern rock bands like Kinky, Volovan, Zoe and Zurdok. Needless to say, a Mexican band will always get me excited because of my proximity to the southern border. One of the country’s latest musical offerings is straight-outta-DF group Chikita Violenta (even you readers from outside California should be able to figure out what that means – and lucky for you guys, the band’s output is mostly amazing, English-language, indie rock and roll).
The Chikitas met in high school, in what I imagine to be a scenario where the only kids into Sonic Youth or Pavement all instantly bond and decide to form a band. After releasing three albums, most recently the numerically titled Tre3s (that’s the word three with the number 3 in it for their third album, both clever and appropriate), the band has grown steadily more popular. The group recently recorded a stellar, stripped-down performance for the popular Le Blogotheque’s Take Away Shows, where they rocked out acoustically and used beer bottles, a cooler, and guitar cases for percussion. CV has opened for Built to Spill and Ra Ra Riot and is currently signed to Arts & Crafts, which has been leading the movement to bring Canadian and US bands to the indie rockers of Mexico. Luckily for music lovers, Arts & Crafts is also bringing the indie rockers of Mexico straight to us!