NEWS : THU, MAY 24, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Downtown Boys Share Cover of Selena’s “Fotos Y Recuerdos” + European Festival and Headlining Dates June 1st-June 9th

To celebrate their European tour next week, Downtown Boys have shared their rendition of “Fotos Y Recuerdos”.  Originally recorded by The Pretenders as “Back in the Chain Gang,” the song was later covered - with Spanish lyrics - and further popularized by the late Tejano queen, Selena.
 
Downtown Boys, in a group statement, say of the track: “Fotos y recuerdos translates to photos and memories. The original singer of this version of song, Selena Quintanilla, reminds us that, while it often feels like history repeats itself, our mystic chords of memories - even memories of thoughts - become part our protection. Our most gracious fotos and recuerdos break history repeating itself by being endless. And yours can be for you and no one else.”
 
“Fotos Y Recuerdos” was recorded during the Cost of Living recording sessions with Guy Picciotto and Greg Norman at Electrical Audio in Chicago.

[Photo Credit: Michael Baca]

Downtown Boys Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Downtown Boys will resume their European tour schedule in support of Cost of Living next week. The dates span June 1st in Düdingen, Switzerland at Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival through June 9th at Hilavrenbeek, Netherlands’ Best Kept Secret Festival.
 
Jun. 01 - Düdingen, CH - Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival
Jun. 02 - Trento, IT - Urma Festival
Jun. 03 - Milan, IT - Zuma Festival
Jun. 04 - Brescia, IT - Latteria Molly
Jun. 05 - Torino, Italy - Blah Blah
Jun. 06 - Ravenna, IT - Beaches Brew Festival
Jun. 07 - Genova, IT - Teatro Al Trove
Jun. 09 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret Festival

Produced by Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto, Downtown Boys recently released their highly anticipated and critically acclaimed third album, Cost of Living, on Sub Pop. Listen here, and buy it here.


 
What people are saying about Downtown Boys:
Cost of Living, Downtown Boys’ third full-length, was written before this year’s inauguration, but its battle cries over centuries of injustices for marginalized people who have been left out of historical (and musical) narrative feels timeless” [Cost of Living, 8.5/10] -  Paste
 
“a fierce offering that takes aim at fascism, queerphobia, capitalism, and racism in a howl of cathartic energy.” [Cost of Living, 8.5/10] - Loud & Quiet
 
“Downtown Boys are an antidote to 2017, to Trump’s America, to oppression of all marginalized groups. The bi-lingual Chicana, queer and Latino outfit are also a punch to the larynx of tired, white-washed punk rock that’s turned so far towards its own privileged naval.” [Cost of Living] - Under The Radar

“Like a cross between X-Ray Spex and Rage Against The Machine as reinterpreted via US hardcore.” [Cost of Living] - Uncut
 
“Nobody writes like Ruiz and Joey DeFrancesco, who espouse strength in the face of oppression.”[Cost of Living, 4/5] - MOJO  
 
Cost of Living is refined, an example of a band who can still make an album sound angry and alive under its surface sheen.” [Cost of Living] - Stereogum
 
Cost of Living, the band’s third full album, does more than just chronicle what it’s like to be a non-straight and/or non-white working class person in America. It’s a declaration of war against the status quo.” [Cost of Living] - Uproxx
 
“It’s a pure punk attack, with driving guitars, bulldozing drums, Victoria Ruiz’s uninhibited shouts of anger for the oppressed, and of course the sax.” [Cost of Living] - Brooklyn Vegan
 
“Downtown Boys are an antidote to 2017.” [Cost of Living] - Under the Radar
 
“They craft a punk record that finds perfection between raw energy, handfuls of talent and something to say.” [Cost of Living,  8.0/10] - Northern Transmissions
 
The Cost of Living feels so vital because it’s not just a document of the times, or a surface level scanning of issues. Unlike so much modern ‘political’ music that falls into a sardonic appreciation of the world, Downtown Boys are on the streets, marching, rioting, singing. They want to be in the thick of it, because that’s the only way things will change.” [Cost of Living, 4/5] - Spectrum Culture 
 
Cost of Living is a testament to our need for Downtown Boy’s spirit, and to the possibility of compassion in the quest for equality.” [Cost of Living] - The Fader
 
Cost of Living will likely be remembered as a document of its time. However, Downtown Boys have done an admirable job of placing the specifics of their messages within the context of history, and infusing the record with a rich new musicality.” [Cost of Living] - SPIN

“A shot of pure adrenaline, Downtown Boys are an antidote to the carefully posed, cynical window of modern life. No time for frills, they’re true to their core. Start the riot.” [Cost of Living, 4/5] -  Upset