15
Feb
08

Spotlight On: LOS FASTIDIOS

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Los Fastidios, out of Italy, are one of my favourite bands. Catchy, sing-a-long political punk. One of the things I appreciate about this band is that they always have their lyrics translated into 2 or 3 different languages. They’ve been together in one form or another since about 1991 and have a lot of material available.

As per their bio: “…The Los Fastidios sound is a powerful melodic street punk which mixes classical 80’s British Punk-Oi! sounds with skanking rythms, everything sung in Italian. The lyrics come from the most cheerful street situations to more serious and involved matters which deal with social problems, such as battles against any form of discrimination, for the animal rights, for freedom and against the capitalistic system.”

Maximum RocknRoll had this to say about their 2005 release “Siempre Contre”:

“Now here’s a band that we can all get behind. An Italian Oi! band – explicitely anti-fascist, pro-animal rights, queer-friendly militant activists! Multi-lingual to boot (pun intended) they sing in their native language, with all the lyrics translated into English and French. And they’re good. Conjure up, if you will, the lyrical stance of Propagandi, with the tunes of The Business crossed with some rough-edged Ruts. Certainly raising the standards for street-punk across the globe. Who would’ve thunk it..Ten out of ten” (RK)

If that’s not enough to sway you, here’s what Razorcake zine had to say about “Guardo Avanti,” released in 2001 :

“Well, hell’s bells, my ears have done melted and slid right down the sides of my face! Los Fastidios frenetically crank out a skull-hammering wallop of anti-fascist skinhead street punk that’s all-at-once confrontational, politically charged, and energetically raging. The vocals are gruffly spit forth in a slurred and emotional barrage of European dialect (Italian, I think… or maybe French. Damn, I dunno, I only speak Texan!). The brutal in-your-face instrumentation is roaring and wrathful, yet catchy and upbeat as all get-up. The lyrics (printed in three different languages) are a fervent, open call-to-arms for punk unity, spirited beer-fuelled good times with friends (hey, I can certainly relate to that!), animal liberation, and aggressively rousing revolt in the streets. There’s also a couple of robustly outspoken rants against half-wit racist knuckleheads, the US government’s greed-fed capitalistic policy, and the authoritarian abuse of power by corrupt cops everywhere. All in all, this is one heck of an oi-inspired punk rock release, and it should definitely be loudly blasted throughout the vast, cluttered expanses of America’s sprawling suburban wasteland. Fuck authority, hell yeah! “

 They’ve recently released both a new CD, “Rebels N Revels” and the “On The Road – Siempre Tour DVD” that has  a few live shows, tour diary and videos. Both are well recommended.

Here’s their video from “Rabbia Dentro Il Cuore” (Anger In The Heart). It’s a tribute to Carlo Giuliani, who was shot and killed by riot police during the demonstrations against the Group of Eight Summit that was held in Genoa in 2001…

Rabbia Dentro Il Cuore/Anger In The Heart

How many times will I see the scenes of those days again?/How many times will I hear sirens around me?/Barricades in the streets, anger in the heart/How may times will I see blood on the asphalt?/How may times will I hear their war danceS?/Blue uniforms that go ahead: anger in the heart./A THOUSAND FISTS PUT UP IN THE SKY… FOR YOU!

In North America you can get Los Fastidios stuff from Insurgence Records.


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