Thee Commons’ nine EP discography. For the first time in their relatively short (but extremely prolific) tenure as a band, they’ve released a compilation that brings together the best of the best from all of their mini-volumes into one CD, chronicling their growth as musicians and tracking the various influences that have shaped their unique style along the way. Here, they bring together a very diverse array of elements including 60’s-era garage riffs, strong surf-guitar melodies, cumbia rhythms and vocals heavy with retro-Latino flair." /> L.A. Record

THEE COMMONS: ROCK IS DEAD: LONG LIVE PAPER AND SCISSORS

November 12th, 2014 | Album reviews

Rock is Dead: Long Live Paper and Scissors is a comprehensive anthology containing 20 tracks hand-picked from Thee Commons’ nine EP discography. For the first time in their relatively short (but extremely prolific) tenure as a band, they’ve released a compilation that brings together the best of the best from all of their mini-volumes into one CD, chronicling their growth as musicians and tracking the various influences that have shaped their unique style along the way. Here, they bring together a very diverse array of elements including 60’s-era garage riffs, strong surf-guitar melodies, cumbia rhythms and vocals heavy with retro-Latino flair. ‘Mal Por Bien’ is one of my personal favorites, along with ‘Y Tu,’ both of which are more traditional sounding. ‘Avispa Del Amor’ is a Latin adaptation of Shocking Blue’s ‘Love Buzz’ that seeks to bridge the original with Nirvana’s version. ‘Selena Punk’ features Los Saicos-esque vocals and is very catchy with a Los Detestellos type of vibe. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any more interesting, they’ve also included their elusive Volume VI: a radio novela in the spirit of the a 1920s radio show that aired on KXLU and KPFK but was never released on CD, LP, or digital download.

—Desi Ambrozak

SINO TEQUILA PRESENTS THEE COMMONS WITH APOCO NO! (MEMBERS CHICANO BATMAN) ON WED., NOV. 12, AT LA CITA, 336 S. HILL ST., DOWNTOWN. 9 PM / $5 / 21+. VISIT THEE COMMONS AT FACEBOOK.COM/THEECOMMONS.