Latino identity in the Dallas music scene
In Texas, a new wave of Latino bands covering diverse musical genres is redefining artistic relief.
"Being Latinx in Dallas is cool because everyone kind of is," said Luna Luna singer Danny Bonilla in a Bandcamp interview that is part of a series of articles recognizing the impact of the Latino community on new musical identities in Dallas and North Texas.
The first article, "Ten Latinx Acts Shaping the Future of Dallas Independent Music," highlights the wide variety of Latino artists by focusing on the success of bands such as Luna Luna, The Bralettes, and Sub-Sahara to name a few.
This musical movement of great artists in North Texas emerged shortly before the pandemic broke out, and a real excitement for a new generation of more indie productions was on the rise. They feature new rhythms that don't hesitate to mix genres such as jazz or shoegaze with deep Latino tones, not only in the dance of language, but especially in crossovers.
The impact of the Mexican community and its progressive struggle for preservation is present in the riffs of Aztec Death, Rei Clone and Ritual Order, expanding the variety of darkwave and postpunk with other subgenres. The Mexican school of punk is also present in new bands that stretch the genre as Perdidos, Sub-Sahara, and its goes more garage with The Bralettes.
All this is also present in the cynical and funny discourse of Chroma, comprised of Kalid Abdul, Bleu Santana and Polo. The group integrates all the freshness of the Spanish-speaking freestyle tradition into a solid, American hip-hop album, all of which is extremely danceable and made for one of the most versatile live shows broadcast on the Primavera Live Show.
They performed their debut from the previous year, The Year of the Puma, which they have promoted in recent months with singles and collaborations such as "Watcha Say?" with A-Wall.
Music in Dallas and North Texas represents a kaleidoscopic range of artists with brutal and visceral themes that have common social criticisms, self-awareness and a high level of production.