Politically minded sax-punk act Downtown Boys have a bone to pick in this raging, horn-addled feminist anthem. “She’s BROWN! She’s… SMART!!” cries Victoria Ruiz between free-jazz blares. The shrieking Providence-based singer, who is herself of Latin origin and tends to shift between English and Spanish when she sings, won’t be ignored, and you won’t want to miss a word.
Bravely combating, as their press release reads, “the prison-industrial complex, racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people use to try to close our minds, eyes and hearts,” Downtown Boys do what their finest punk-rock forefathers did before them: challenge long-held ideas, and throw you in the pit when things get too heavy. Listen to “Monstro” above, check the band’s tour dates with Screaming Females below, and look out for Full Communism when it drops on May 5 via Don Giovanni.
Downtown Boys’ tour dates w/ Screaming Females
March 9 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
March 10 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
March 11 – Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
March 12 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
March 13 – Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
March 14 – Tallahassee, FL @ All Saints Cafe
March 15 – New Orleans, LA @ Sisters in Christ Records (Gasa Gasa)
March 16 – McAllen, TX @ GALAX Z FAIR IV
March 17 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown
March 19 – San Antonio, TX @ Nesta ***NOT with Screaming Females***
March 20 – Austin, TX @ Longbranch Inn (Don Giovanni Showcase)
April 5 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater