• Quitapenas comes to Bedlam Lowertown August 26th

    Dropping their self-titled album in February of last year, Quitapenas has added to the emerging texture of vibrant Los Angeles based Latinx bands. Similar to established groups such as Chicano Batman and Viento Callejero, Quitapenas draws from our antepasados as a musical base while instilling the sensibility and imagination of a Latinx population living our diaspora in the United States.



    What draws me to this emergent sound in Latinx music is that it feels like my youth, like home. The pop icons we were subjected to didn't speak to our experience but rather seemed to draw us closer to a hispanic, white aesthetic. The Latinx sounds of the time felt too neutral and too many songs where unpoetic english. I missed the romance, tragedy, depth and diaspora instilled in the music of our backyard BBQ's. Quitpenas and their contemporaries captures my youth in a way that gives me warmth, evoking memories of my Mexican parents and community.  

    Furthermore, different from others, Quitapenas has an overt political sensibility to their sound. As president Obama continues to deport our community at alarming rates, people of color are getting shot continuously by cops and this election cycle offers little by way of reprieve. Quitapenas' political assertions are indeed welcome and warranted. In particular their political voice emerges in songs like: 




    We wanted to personify Justice.




    Dime donde (Justicia querida)
    Dime donde (que linda te miras)
    Te encontrare (Justicia querida)
    Te encontrare (que linda te miras)


    Dime donde (Justicia querida)
    Te encontrare (que linda te miras)
    Yo e escuchado de ti (Justicia querida)
    Tu has escuchado de mi (que linda te miras)


    Que linda te miras (Justicia querida)
    Dime donde estas (que linda te miras)
    Donde estas (Justicia querida)
    Donde estas (que linda te miras)









    This song is about our people, coming from rural landscapes as farmers and working people, moving into cities, seeking a better life for their family. El Campesino Urbano (urban farmer worker)...



    Callos en las palmas de tus manos

    Cuentan la historia de ti hermano

    Hace dias que no hablamos

    Desvergonzadamente desgastados

    Hermana trabajadora

    Cuenta los dias ya por hora

    Pero se la pasa cantando

    Su linda voz me voy imaginando

    Madre que por dos se mueve

    Se queja ya mas frequente

    Pero es la mas valiente

    Doy gracias por su gran ambiente

    Campesino urbano



    Tickets can be purchased here 

    In their own words:

     QUITAPENAS, one word – all caps, four syllables – all claps, gives you a taste of their rhythmic contagion. This tropical Afro-Latin combo was born under the warm California sun in 2011. They borrow aesthetics from the radical 60s, 70s and 80s. Each song echoes a remix of history and invites one to engage in the liberating evenings of Angola, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and beyond. The name means “to remove worries.” Everybody has a "pena" and the mission of QUITAPENAS is simple: to make you dance and leave you worriless.



















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