[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since Molotov released new music, especially since they’ve been on continuous, usually sold out, tours. Thankfully, the Mexican rock quartet has appeased their diehard fans with a new album, “Agua Maldita,” and they’re celebrating with a Christmas-themed concert at Portage Theater, located at 4050 N. Milwaukee, on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Local Misfits tribute band, The Devilocks, opens.
Since the start of their career in 1995, and upon releasing their first album, “¿Donde Jugaran Las Niñas?,” in 1997, the Mexican rockers have managed to sell over 3 million albums, with Latin Grammy wins in between. “Agua Maldita” debuts as Molotov’s first independent release with Universal handling international distribution. At their “Agua Maldita” press conference in Mexico City this summer, the band’s guitarist-vocalist Tito Fuentes said , “In this country (Mexico), socially, rock and roll has been demonized and moralized for centuries. So, instead of offering you holy water, we’re offering you evil water, which is pure rock and roll.”
On “Agua Maldita,” you’ll hear the band’s defining sound in funky hip-hop chanters “La Raza Pura Es La Pura Raza” (featuring Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC), “Llorari” and “La Necesidad.” The latter speaks on issues like poverty while remarking on the social need to over-complain. It’s a reminder of what we spend our time doing. The album includes mosh pit starters like the yodel heavy “Oleré y Oleré y Oleré EL UHU,” as well as “Gonner.” And, of course, it wouldn’t be Molotov without some punky irreverence, sarcasm, backhanded compliments and even straight up disses like in the song, “Lagunas Metales.”
The album finalizes with a Molotov style message of peace and a request to just let it go in “Quien Se Enoja Pierde.” And, as a bonus, the song includes a short and sweet orchestral portion reminiscent of Queen. It’s classic Molotov… and, it’s grand.
As proven in this new album, Molotov’s music will always keep their punk rock edge with a masterfully manipulated inclusion of hip-hop, funk and electronica. If they want to make you dance, they will. But, there’s always going to be the power-to-the-people anthems for those with fists raised up, on beat, in musical unison against the powers that be, whatever yours may be. This is the magic that defines a band whose long-term career together has allowed them to forge such a solid musicianship which, in turn, allows them to steer confidently among so many genres.
You can listen to Molotov live this Thursday at Portage Theater, located at 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. The concert opens with a set by The Devilocks, a Misfits tribute band. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available at PortageTheater.com.
“Agua Maldita” is available on Molotov’s website AguaMaldita.mx.