LOS GATOS NEGROS: Self-titled: LP

It’s difficult to describe the electricity I felt withdrawing this record from the Razorcake review bin. It clicked instantly what I held in my hands, but I have to think back to my sophomore year in high school to get the feeling just right. I used to download copious amounts of music in my graphic design class. One day, I discovered that a senior was doing the exact same thing on our shared computer, except he was downloading the artists that I intended to pirate in the first place: Defiance, Ohio, Japanther, Andrew Jackson Jihad and a mysterious group that flew under my radar—Los Gatos Negros. With my flash drive, I stole the stolen songs. Eventually, that senior became one of my closest friends and Los Gatos Negros’ ten-song album remained one of my favorite little gems all the way up until the present. Some eight years later, Plan-It-X has finally gotten around to pressing these tasty tunes on vinyl and, although I’m biased, it’s probably the most important record to be released this century. Who are these black cats, you ask? I’m not permitted to share. Maintaining their secrecy is of the utmost importance, but these pranksters have graced us with a beautiful comic book zine detailing their means of deconstructing the manacles of modern society. How do these playful anarchists intend on doing this, you wonder? It should be obvious: Through the power of electrified instruments and costumed dance punk. You have one more question, do you? What time is it? “It’s time to get down! It’s time to get busy!” 

 –Sean Arenas (Plan-It-X)