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Punk en Español

The heavily Hispanic roots — and present — of Houston's punk scene

Just like members of Agnostic Front, the Adolescents and Black Flag might not be seen as Hispanics, the same may be true for local bands like the Fatal Flying Guilloteens, the Kimonos and Something Fierce. Yet, just by putting the pieces of the Hispanic people-in-punk puzzle together while namedropping the Caprolites and the Takes, feelings of pride surface.

When it comes to movers and shakers, Guerrero attests, Hispanics are at the forefront of the punk scene, though they still might be victims of prejudice and fear white bands might avoid. For instance, broken bottles in an alley become a convenient excuse for a bar owner to exclude future shows with a darker shade of punk.

Though brown, tattooed, angry and accented ain't exactly an accepted poster child for punk, Hispanics have been crosshatched into its fabric. This has been true from the infamous Sex Pistols show at Randy's Rodeo in San Antonio in 1978 (a year zero of sorts) to the myriad current local Mexi-punk, garage-rock, rockabilly, cantina/ska and post-hardcore bands: Vatos Locos, Magnetic 4, Flaming Hellcats, Los Skarnales and Riverfenix/Fenix TX.

Though left out of most punk histories, their lore spreads deep and wide, like a permanent undercurrent to the bland, bleached version of events.

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