Hailing from the southern-most state of Chiapas, HURAÑA seems to have appeared overnight with a fully realized vision of wonderfully off center scrappy punk with echoed vocals, punchy drums and richly layered guitar work in the vein of moodier DEAD KENNEDYS songs, without all the silliness. There is a healthy dose of irrepressible hardcore power on here too. We get the feeling there isn't a whole lot of punk music coming out of this region of Mexico but HURAÑA could very well be the spark to ignite an exciting new scene. The certainly have the power, quality and message.
Seven mindstickers altogether including a cover of the VULPESS' hit "Me Gusta Ser Una Zorra" which will only be available on the vinyl version of the EP. Always loved that song and definitely do it justice.
Our take: I’ve listened to this debut EP from Mexico’s Huraña at least five or six times now and I feel like I still haven’t wrapped my head around it. Iron Lung Records releases some of the most progressive, boundary-pushing hardcore out there, and while I wouldn’t call Huraña one of the weirder bands the label has ever released, there’s something unique about this band and this recording that has me intrigued. The EP has a strange sound with heavy delay on the vocals and lots of reverb on the guitar, making it sound like you’re in a big empty cathedral with sounds bouncing off the walls in such a way that you can’t quite tell which direction they’re coming from. The sound alone makes Huraña’s more straightforward songs stand out, but when they stretch out it gets even more interesting. The tom-heavy drumming and surfy lead guitar on “Mi Ggeneración” sounds like Christian Death covering the Dead Kennedys on Wretched’s equipment while “Fue Una Buena Noche” adds some eerie-sounding saxophone into the mix that somehow makes everything sound even creepier. Also, the vinyl version contains a cool cover of Las Vulpess’s “Me Gusta Ser Una Zorra” that isn’t on the digital version. This is one of those records that sounds so unique and new that I wasn’t even sure if I liked it at first, but experience has taught me that these are the records I keep coming back to and that stand the test of time.