Posted in music | tour dates on April 9, 2014

by Doug Moore

La Armada

Relocating your band sounds like hard work. Moving yourself is enough of a hassle, but one imagines that it becomes that much worse when your best bros are all dealing with the same clusterfuck (and you have to agree on a consensus destination, which can't be much fun either). La Armada managed it, though, with an international border thrown into the mix for good measure -- in 2007, they moved from their native Dominican Republic to Chicago, where they're still based. The move seems to have done them well.

La Armada's experiences living (and being a band) in their homeland still colors their music, though. "V.L. (Vincho-Leonelista)," the new single from their new EP Crisis, is explained by the band as:

An accurate depiction of what's happening right now in the Dominican Republic with the sentence titled "TC 0168-13", a racist law pushed by right wing corporate lobbyists and the Dominican oligarchy in order to take away the Dominican citizenship of foreigners "Born in transit" which are mostly of Haitian decent. This law will leave over 200,000 people stateless.
Musically, Crisis moves like hardcore but sounds tonally like metal; La Armada are thoroughly locked in performance-wise, and the production sports a big professionalized sheen. Tragedy is a clear touchstone, though La Armada's melodies tend more towards dissonance. (Oh, and they like to blast.)

Crisis comes out on May 13 via Profane Existence/Fat Sandwich. La Armada will also be on tour for most of May behind the album, including a NYC stop on May 16 at the Acheron. No tix on sale yet, but keep an eye out. Check out the premiere of "V.L. (Vincho-Leonelista)" and their full run of dates below...

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La Armada -- 2014 Tour Dates
MAY 09 - Ft Wayne, IN @ Brass Rail
MAY 10 - Detroit, MI @ Yonka
MAY 11 - Cleveland @ The Foundry
MAY 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ J.R.'s Bar
MAY 13 - Hartford, CT @ Whitney House
MAY 14 - New london, CT @ The Orphanage
MAY 15 - Providence,RI @ Machines w/ Magnets
MAY 16 - New York, NY @ The Acheron
MAY 17 - Baltimore, MA @ Side Bar
MAY 18 - Richmond, VA @ Cedar
MAY 19 - Huntington, WV @ Elimination Chamber
MAY 20 - Nashville, TN @ World Trade Center
MAY 21 - Louisville, KY @ Mag Bar
MAY 22 - Columbus @ House Show
MAY 24 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Melody In

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