Global Notes: Punk this, Punk that!!
On today's Global Notes Jerome and Catalina Maria Johnson take a look at modern bands that have imbibed punk influences from the 1960s and 1970s.
Chicago's self-proclaimed "circus marching-band" Mucca Pazza is a 30-piece collective that got its start in 2004. Members play everything from the accordian and the violin to trumpets, sousaphones and Middle Eastern hand drums. They even come equipped with cheerleaders.
San Antonio-based Piñata Protest mixes their Tex-Mex background with a Ramones-esque tempo. Nicknamed the "Mexican Murphys" -- a play off of the Irish punk band the Dropkick Murphys -- Piñata Protest fuses traditional latin sound with the rules of old-school punk for a new genre that's been rocking the south since 2005.
Austrian duo Attwenger has been trailing their punk-polka sound across the globe since 1990. Consisting of drummer Markus Binder and accordianist Hans-Peter Falkner, a global tour in the mid-1990s launched them onto the international stage, gaining them worldwide recognition and popularity,
And, formed in 1999, Gogol Bordello is an eight-piece gypsy punk band steeped in Roma and Russo-Ukrainian culture. The collective came together trying to emulate the multi-ethnic theater frontman Eugene Hutz sees showcased in everyday life. Known for their high-energy and often costumed performances, the band has been touring internationally since 2003.
1. Boss Taurus -- Mucca Pazza
2. Maquilapolis -- Piñata Protest
3. Duamasche -- Attwenger
4. Immigraniada -- Gogol Bordello