Punk started in Costa Rica in the early 1990s—with bands like Circulo Vicioso, Osmosis and Ira—much later than in most other places in Latin America. The country has a lot of political problems to this day and their citizens struggle daily with a lot of hardships. Since 2018, the far-right movements are on the rise there, and it’s the minorities that suffer the consequences. This helps us a bit to understand the context in which bands like Primavera were born.
This hardcore punk band from San José, Costa Rica, has a rabid, energetic, raw and angry approach to life and politics. The trio is formed by Jenny (vocals/ guitars), Johann (vocals/bass) and Manolo (drums). Apparently, they have a taste for short, distorted, furious songs. There’s not much information about them on the internet, but their songs and especially their lyrics shall give us everything we need.
The album starts off with a soft sample that shortly bursts into the first distorted sounds the band offers, with fast beats and screams about women liberation and politics, and then it goes on and on and on. The concept of body and pro-choice is a central theme in the EP. The second song “Aborto” is about the right to decide, and the fourth track “Fea” talks about beauty standards and how women are trapped in a game they never seem to win. Well, fuck that, say Primavera, we’ll stay ugly.
Feminism is at the forefront of their music. They talk about fragile masculinity in tracks 5 and 6 (the only song sung entirely in English). Things will change when the way we talk and act change, when our behaviours change. When we unlearn all the bad things engraved into us. That’s something we must set our minds to. It’s not impossible, we can achieve it.
Primavera take a stand against the Patriarchy and the State. We don’t want more bullshit from the institutions in power. Neither any of those traditional monoliths of indoctrination, like school (as seen in the third track “Escuela”, the shortest on the EP).
The band is deeply concerned with reclaiming life and women’s bodies for themselves. Much in line with band like Spitboy and their say: “Mi Cuerpo Es Mio” (My body is mine). The last track of the EP is pretty much about this. Basically, the EP can be summarized in the sentence:
We want to learn again what is love. Let’s always keep that in mind. Press play and rethink everything.
The topics seem wide, but they all are centered around the core of feminism. If you don’t know Spanish, this might be the time to learn and help you listen to the voices from Latin American people, especially if they are not cis-males. They have a lot to say, so don’t let their voices fade into obscurity. We can do our part in many ways.