New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Since banding together in 2012, psychedelic cumbia-punk trio Thee Commons have made waves in and around their hometown of East LA.
Featuring los hermanos Pacheco and bassist Jose Rojas, these romp 'n' rollers have managed not only to marry two unlikely genres -- world's apart -- in perfect pastiche harmony but have also compiled a prolific catalog of music.
Their latest is an ambitious 18-song album "Paleta Sonora," which will be released on July 28 via LA-based Cosmica Records.
The first single "Milk and Honey" is streaming on Soundcloud, Spotify and Apple Music.
Thee Commons will kick off a heavy touring schedule in support of the new record next weekend. The trek includes festival dates, club shows and a series of shows with Fidlar. The band's Paleta Sonora U.S. Tour launches on September
16 and includes dates with Nina Diaz (Girl In A Coma). See dates below. Tickets available at http://www.theecommons.com/tourdates.
Named #15 on LA Weekly's "LA's 20 Best Live Shows of 2016" outranking the likes of ELO, Bruce Springsteen
and The Who, Thee Commons have created a buzz with their vivacious performances.
Chris Ziegler founder of LA Record wrote about Thee Commons, "Live, they're fearless, confident and ready to go off-script at a moment's inspiration. It's wild stuff, just as it absolutely should be." To which Chris Kissel of LA Weekly further comments, "If Thee Commons aren't the best live band in Los Angeles, they're damn near the top."
Altogether, Thee Commons have played well over a hundred shows, gaining in the process hundreds more in fans -- those eager for something new to call their own. They have performed at several of Southern California's prestigious venues and festivals, including Coachella, Echo Park Rising, Desert Daze, Viva Pomona, The Echoplex of Echo Park, The Regent Theatre of Downtown Los Angeles, the Glasshouse of Pomona, the Roxy of West Hollywood and the Observatory of Santa
Ana; have been hosted for a residency by pocho wine bar Eastside Luv of Boyle Heights -- which consisted of a weekly burlesque-dancer-entangled-affair dubbed the "Cumbia Psicodelica Cabaret"; and have opened up for such acts as Chicano Batman, Bomba Estereo, Thee Midniters and even unofficially -- by way of an impromptu guerilla-style street show -- for The Pixies.
Discographically, Thee Commons' "DIT" (do it together) hard work ethic has yielded them a debut 7inch vinyl EP paradoxically titled Sunburn at Midnight -- self-released spring 2013 -- and a fragmented compilation entitled Rock is Dead: Long Live Paper and Scissors, which is to say an 8-volume limited edition EP series, the volumes of which they released successively throughout 2014. As of 2015, however, Rock is Dead is available, as a full-feature 20-song CD, and as a specialty, limited edition cassette and 10-inch -- 10-song -- vinyl originally co-released by the independent O.C. label Burger Records. 2016 brought about their sophomore album "Loteria Tribal" co-released with Burger Records on CD, Cassette and limited edition Flexi Vinyl. The same year also brought about two new 7-inch vinyl's that include their refreshing cover of Los Saico's "Demolicion," on Denver, Colorado's Heavy
Dose Records, and a single of "La Fiesta" an obscure swinging Mexican cover b/w a grungy cover of Selena's "La Carcancha" on Steady Beat Records out of San Pedro, CA.
Looking forward, 2017 Thee Commons plan to release the ambitious 18 song junior follow up album "Paleta Sonora" on July 28.
Teamed up with Cosmica Artists Management group and Monterey Int. Booking Agency, the future looks auspicious for these young and determined "chunsters" who doggedly strive to perfect their hypnotic yet invigorating act -- which includes an intertextual take on Nirvana's "Love Buzz" and a punk cover of Selena's "Baila Esta Cumbia"-- and disseminate the perfect pastiche that is psychedelic cumbia punk.
July 16 Ventura, CA Surf Rodeo
July 22 Bakersfield, CA Centro 18
July 27 Los Angeles, CA Levitt Pavilion
July 28 Paso Robles, CA Santa
Cruz, CA Tooth & Nail Winery
July 29 Santa
Cruz, CA Moe's Alley
Aug 5 Carson City, NV Brewery Arts Center
Aug 11 Riverside, CA Romano's
Aug 19 Centil, CA Full Bloom Festival
Aug 23 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore w/ FIDLAR
Aug 25 Seattle, WA Showbox w/ FIDLAR
Aug 31 Van Duzer Theater Humbolt State
Sept 16 San Pedro, CA Horton's Hay Ride
Sept 17 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
Sept 18 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
Sept 19 El Paso, TX Lowbrow Palace
Sept 22 Colorado Springs, CO Ivywild
Sept 23 Denver, CO Lost Lake
Sept 26 Dallas, TX Double
Sept 27 Houston, TX Continental Club w/ Nina Diaz
Sept 28 Austin, TX Stubbs Jr w/ Nina Diaz
Sept 29 San Antonio, TX 502 Bar w/ Nina Diaz
Sept 30 Marfa, TX Trans-Pecos Festival
Oct 3 New Orleans, LA Gasa Gasa
Oct 4 Birmingham, AL Syndicate Lounge
Oct 5 Asheville, NC Salvage Station
Oct 6 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
Oct 7 Roanoke, VA Oktoberfest Martin's Downtown
Oct 8 Washington, DC Jammin Java
Oct 10 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Oct 12 Philadelphia, PA Milkboy
Oct 13 Columbus, OH The Basement
Oct 14 Ft. Wayne, IN Brass Hall
Oct 15 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
Oct 17 Iowa City, IA The Mill
Oct 18 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
Oct 19 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
Oct 20 St. Louis, MO Bootleg @Atomic Cowboy
Oct 21 Lawrence, KS Bottleneck
Oct 22 Omaha, NE Reverb
Oct 25 Ft. Collins, CO Hodi's Half Note
Oct 27 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Oct 28 Boise, ID Neurolux
Oct 31 Spokane, WA Big Dipper
Nov 1 Seattle, WA Barboza
Nov 2 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
Nov 3 Eugene, OR Sam Bond's Garage
Nov 4 Arcata, CA Humboldt Brews
Nov 10 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
Nov 16 Reno, NV The Saint
Nov 17 San Francisco, CA The Independent
Nov 18 Visalia, CA The Cellar Door
What others are saying about Thee Commons:
"Live, they're fearless, confident and ready to go off-script at a moment's inspiration. It's wild stuff, just as it absolutely should be..."- LA Record
If Thee Commons aren't the best live band in Los Angeles, they're damn near the top."- LA Weekly
"Thee Commons are living proof that the creative musical soil of East Los Angeles is still richly fertile. Bands have emerged from its epicenter for decades reshaping the sounds of each coming generation. Brothers David
and Rene Pacheco are making sure that new groups can still catch a buzz by offering up an energetic blend of cumbia, pysch and punk"- OC Weekly
"'Thee Commons' cumbia happily submits to possession by psych, garage, and punk spirits — sinister and snarling, but forever bailable."- Remezcla
"Thee Commons, whomI'd remotely heard about through word-of-mouth, blew me away that exact day. Not because they are the greatest of all time or most musically polished, but because their presence as a band on stage had what a lot of others lack: they were having fun up there, and it translated to a public who had no idea who they were."- Top40-Charts.com
"Thee Commons, who describe themselves as "Unconventionally attractive Psychedelic Cumbia Punks from East Los Angeles," are still what Next Big Sound considers Promising — not Undiscovered, but not yet Established...And social media engagement turned to actual, real-life engagement during their performance at the Sonora Stage on Saturday night..."- Forbes