Photo Credit: \Y La Bamba - Emily Krouse | L.O.T.I.O.N. MC - Martin Sorrondeguy
Y La Bamba’s ”Mariposa De Coalcolman” b/w “La Ultima Vez”
L.O.T.I.O.N. Multinational Corporation’s “Alphabrain” b/w “War Games”
Y La Bamba has been many things, but at the heart of it is singer-songwriter Luz Elena Mendoza’s inquisitive sense of self. They have been living in Mexico for the last year in between tours and wrote a body of work that has a lot to do with ancestral trauma. Spending time In Michoacan, Mexico as an adult has continued to be a strong guide. The writing that has come from the complexities of life and Latin American societies has brought a deeper sense of cultural identity. After releasing the 7-song EP Entre Los Dos, it was only natural to follow the flow of the next manifestation. “Mariposa De Coalcomán” is a song about the mothers in their bloodline, the many lineages that exist in spirit, in dreams, in the heart of the ancestral body. Developing new ways to communicate with the softness and anger of the past. “La Última Vez,” written and recorded in Oaxaca, Mexico, is a love song of boundaries and self-respect. It is clear that Mendoza has found a place to rest all thought and listen to the sound of feeling. Watch the official video for “La Última Vez” directed by Emily Krouse and shot in Los Angeles here (see also Rolling Stone April 13th news story).
Birthed from the intensely creative and genre-bending New York City DIY scene, L.O.T.I.O.N. Multinational Corporation has quickly become one of the most exciting bands of the underground, gaining notoriety for their unique brand of industrial cyberpunk and intense live shows. Masterminded by visual artist Alexander Heir, the group has gained recognition internationally for their fiercely political lyricism and striking visual aesthetic. Blending noisy electronics with live instrumentation, the band draws inspiration from the harsh minimal electronic music of Detroit, 90s rave culture, and the thrashing riffs of hardcore punk. Following their 2013 demo tape, L.O.T.I.O.N. Multinational Corporation released their debut LP, Digital Control And Man’s Obsolescence in 2015 via Toxic State Records. Their last LP World Wide W.E.B (2019) delved even further into the techno-dystopian universe, fusing elements of D-Beat and EBM. Watch L.O.T.I.O.N. Multinational Corporation’s official video for “Alphabrain” directed by Colin Devin Moore here.
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