LA’s urban/indigenous/post-punk fusion band, Aztlan Underground, releases a teaser track and accompanying video to their upcoming album, Unearthed, to be released in the winter 2012. The tribal instrumentation of Sacred Arrow Sun serves to welcome the summer solstice in the Native way. Aztlan Underground marks the sacred event with rattles, huehuetl drum, pow wow drum, raspers, wooden and bird calls, clay flutes.
“The summer solstice is a time to honor Our Father Sun with music, prayers and meditation, greeting his arrows as life force and enjoy the longest day of the year in the beauty way,” said bassist and Native instrumentalist Joe Galarza. “We wanted to offer up this tune so that we as contemporary native peoples can remember these sacred markers of time and growth in our life cycle, as we live on our mother earth.”
The 2:33 minute track is a shortened version of the 22-minute extended length original recorded and mixed in their Los Angeles studio. It is accompanied by a video found on their YouTube page youtube.com/aztlanug featuring Galarza in modified regalia walking the financial district of Los Angeles. A stark contrast among the suits of corporate America, Galarza turns heads as he incorporates modern art with Native dress.
Their previously released track, Our Nature, was released during the Spring Equinox and is available on their website www.aztlanunderground.net
About Aztlan Underground
Aztlan Underground’s music reveals the unrestrained voices of global indigenous peoples combining hypnotic Native rhythms and jazz improvisation with urban, post-punk sounds. For 20 years, they have cultivated a grassroots audience across the world from Europe to Australia and Canada to Venezuela. At home, they are an institution influencing a new generation of musicians, bands, and free-thinkers. They challenge their audience to look within, to their own life-giving forces, and human potential. Their new self-titled album features an evolution towards a global, humanitarian struggle while remaining true to their name and beliefs by playing political rallies, underground venues, and anywhere the doors open.
**The latest self-titled album "Aztlan Underground" is available on iTunes.
Aztlan Underground is:
Joe "Peps"(Xicaindio*): bass, rattles, Native American wood and clay flutes
Yaotl (Raramuri/Mazahua*): vocals, Indigenous percussion
Kris Castro (Hopi/Tohono Od’Ham*): guitar
*Refers to tribal affiliation.