Taking their name from the 1995 single of the band Seam, Hey Latasha drives similar energy and essence as their kindred spirits had at the time. It’s sad yet upbeat music for your poor souls.
Having members scattered around various parts of Valparaíso and Santiago in Chile, they bet on a style that refuses to die. The 90’s in Chile were very different from the rest of the world, culturally speaking. So it’s no coincidence that so many bands and subculture kids from this part of the globe actively try to revive that spirit now.
Hey Latasha’s EP opens up with Otoño, a song that resembles bands like Christie Front Drive, Pohgoh, and has this languid vibe. In general, the EP creates an apathetic atmosphere. This is clear in tracks like Estación El Sol, built upon slow chorus and melodic arpeggios. Puerto de San Antonio is similar in ambiance, with its pieces falling bit by bit until the end, disappearing.
Siete Días, the fifth track, stands out as a rather different from the rest of the EP. The lyrics are yelled, the beat is faster, the guitars are more melodic and a bit more daring. It’s more similar to emocore bands from the early 90’s, but it works well in context of this release. It’s not like they just put it in there for no apparent reason.
Aeroparque, Invierno, Abril and Eimy are some of the projects that tried something similar in the past here in Chile, and these bands are all worth checking out to understand this release in a larger context.
The lyrics are deeply rooted in the emotions of everyday experiences, told through overdriven guitars, a dancing bass and hardcore punk styled drums with lamenting vocals over the top. A Latin American version of your classic emo bands. I know there are a lot of hardcore emo fans around the world, so go grab a tape if you are into this. You wouldn’t want to miss it out.