LA ARMADA captured the personal and global tribulations of 2020 in three separate stints at Chicago’s Electrical Audio Studios. The sessions resulted in Anti-Colonial Vol. 2 – An 11 song album that looks to leave their distinct mark on heavy music.
The first single Death on Replay (May 4) is a picture of La Armada during the height of the pandemic in 2020. In this second single All We Know, they’ve built tension with chaotic and technical rhythms, and release it with the familiarity of their punk and hardcore roots.
The lyrics reflect on the duality between being on the road versus being on lockdown, where you have to balance isolation and anxiety with the need to create art and push forward through dark times.
All We Know is available on digital streaming platforms, accompanied by a music video.
La Armada’s focus is to leave their mark on heavy music. A punk band at heart, they utilize elements of Afro-Caribbean rhythms and metal to create a style as unique as their story. Formed in the Dominican Republic in 2001 from where they dominated the Caribbean scene for years, the band opted to take a leap and relocate to Chicago in 2008, where they still reside.
Influenced by bands ranging from the Bad Brains to Death, they take elements from their native Island’s music to conjure a unique recipe; explosive live energy, and a clear cut narrative that highlights the effects of neo-colonialism on vulnerable communities.
Whether headlining tours throughout the world or supporting the likes of Sick of it All, Propagandhi, Strung Out, Death by stereo, and more, La Armada has come to bring a vibrant spin to the scene.
“In addition to perfecting a vicious live show, the hardworking quintet developed a unique style of progressive punk-inflected metallic hardcore that marries jumpy tempos, while experimenting with building songs around Latin rhythms.” – VICE
“Combining powerful lyrics and furious musicianship, La Armada have proven themselves an outstanding force of brutality and passion.” – New Noise Magazine
“Onstage and offstage, La Armada are equal parts electrifying, versatile, ambitious, indefatigable and amiable. From the perspective of a fan base or a record label, all the qualities you want in a band.” – Chris Hannah (Propagandhi)
“Never met a band who’s sole purpose was just to get something going. La Armada would organize local bands for free shows, promote the shit out of it, and treat it like a celebration of community. We were always stoked to be a part of that.” – John Hoffman (Weekend Nachos)