Providence's mighty Downtown Boys present a sax-infused punk anthem with 'Monstro' | Bleader

Providence's mighty Downtown Boys present a sax-infused punk anthem with 'Monstro'

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Self-described as a "bi bilingual political dance sax punk party," Providence's Downtown Boys stamp that mouthful to vinyl by creating a frenzied, intense clatter that sounds as if it's reverberating off the crumbling brick—and cutting through the musty stench—of every basement, corridor, and back alley in the underground. Their newest record, Full Communism, dropped earlier this month via Don Giovanni Records, and today's 12 O'Clock Track, "Monstro," boils over right from the start as smooth sax—which works so well in context it's kind of amazing—climbs behind vocalist Victoria Ruiz while she demands "Today, today we must scream at the top of our lungs." When the whole tinny din busts through, Ruiz moves to Spanish, then back to English as the anthemic track barrels forth like a powerful locomotive aflame. Downtown Boys play tomorrow (Fri 5/22) at a DIY space we won't mention here, but it's one I bet you can find if you do a little snooping around on the Internet.

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