02. Jugando con fuego
04. Extrema Derecha
05. Depende de Ti
06. Companeros Solidarios
08. Muerte en el Pit
09. Me Importa un Carajo
10. Strage di Stato
11. Romero Asesino
12. Al Paredon
13. Ni un Tiro Mas
14. No Queda Hostia
Cojoba is a hardcore/punk band from Puerto Rico.
Cojoba was formed in August 1995 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. The original line-up was Taína – vocals; Javier – bass; and Gilbert – guitar. At the time, the band did not have a drummer, it had a drum machine instead, which Javier programmed. This was not the members’ first experience in a band. Javier and Gilbert were both also members of Sham Pain, possibly the first ever crossover hardcore band in Puerto Rico, and Taína had joined her first band, Psycore, when she was 15.
Cojoba released its first demo cassette, Espíritu de Punk, in 1996. The band itself took care of producing it. Javier did the recording and mixing, Taína did the artwork and Gilbert made sure that local indie record stores in Puerto Rico carried it. But the band never depended on stores to distribute their music. it also set up a small distribution outfit, Anaconda Records, where they sold not only Cojoba’s music, but also helped distribute other bands’ material.
Later on, Gilbert left the band and Taína and Javier produced their next demo cassette, Vienen por Nosotros, by themselves. This cassette was released in 1999 and had more politically oriented lyrics.
In 2001, Cojoba released its first CD, Jugando con Fuego. This set introduced a human drummer, and Sham Pain alumnus Bebe, to the band. Rolin, Javier’s youngest brother, also joined the band as bassist and Javier switched to guitar. Bebe and Rolin gave Cojoba a more thrash metal sound, which was very different from the punk rock sound the band expressed in its two first records. However, Taína’s voice, although a lot stronger, remained melodic.
Before this CD was released, Cojoba had the chance to go on an international tour for the first time. With the help of Venezuelan anarchopunk band Apatía No, they played three shows in Caracas, Venezuela.
Shortly thereafter, Bebe left the band and David, who had years’ of experience drumming for Tavú and other Puerto Rican bands, replaced him while Rolin stayed on. (…) (from Wikipedia)
Beaucoup d’évolution depuis les démos. Exit la boite à rythme, place à un vrai batteur. La zique est vraiment plus rapide, plus proche du HC, avec aussi des riffs lourds, presque metal. Ca tape méchamment, les morceaux restent simples et agressifs. Le chant féminin est plus en retrait aussi. Bon, les textes en espagnol restent toujours anarcho-punk: la religion, la montée du fascisme, le capitalisme, la famille traditionnelle, la répression sur les anarchistes… Soutenez ce groupe de Porto Rico! (Mononoke Zine)
FR Là, je cède à la facilité: ‘waouh, z’avez vu ça? du punk hardcore porto-ricain !!’. Gadget, ce regard touristique est évidemment un contresens imbécile. On peut ne pas partager les convictions du groupe, on peut rester dubitatif face à leur saine colère (ou juste de marbre, aussi…), et malgré tout apprécier l’énergie et la sincérité qu’ils dégagent. En provenance d’une scène très éloignée des univers que fréquente ce blog au quotidien, sans doute pas un très grand disque (pour ce que j’en dis, dans le genre révolutionnaire on reste loin d’un Sly Stone, d’un Charlie Haden ou du Silent Introduction de Moodymann), à prendre comme une occasion de se remettre les oreilles en place. Sono mondiale sans l’exotisme, donc.
ENG This has been quite an (unplanned) eclectic week… Solemn drones from London, indie-pop gems from New Zealand, downtempo from Moscow, and now political punk/hardcore from Puerto Rico. I don’t necessarily share their convictions, this short album (25 minutes) may not be a masterpiece, their message may be too systematically political to be truly effective, this is surely not the kind of things I’d listen to everyday… but this music is full of energy and sincerity, and sometimes that’s all we need.