LOS JACKS / ESKROFULA: Exiliados: CS

This absolutely wonderful split tape of two Latino punk bands blew me away. Los Jacks is from Toledo and Eskrofula is from New York. Both bands play catchy, mainline punk, and both bands sing in Spanish. Reminiscent of the vibe present in the streetpunk explosion of the mid-1990s, there’s a real sense of vitality here. I especially enjoy that these bands aren’t afraid to embrace the catchier, less trendy elements of punk that so many people seem to be shying away from lately. I’d love to see this tape repressed on vinyl. It’s not a demo-level situation whatsoever. –Art Ettinger (TPV, eskrofula.bandcamp.com)