Thee Commons are best known now for making music that gets people bopping, moshing and dancing to cumbia all at the same show—a sound that could have only originated with L.A.’s next-generation of Chicano rockers. Paleta $onora all but acknowledges this—on a song called “Selena’s Butt,” no less!—when Pacheco softly sings: “Ni de aqui, ni de alla, pero aqui nos vamos a quedar / Tocando musico sin parades / Nunca vamos a parar.” ["Not from here, not from there, but here we’re going to stay. We play music without walls. We’re never going to stop."]" /> L.A. Record

THEE COMMONS: PALETA $ONORA

August 7th, 2017 | Album reviews

THEE COMMONS
Paleta $onora
Cosmica Records

East L.A.’s Thee Commons‘ early songs from 2012 established them as a three-piece punk band with classic rock ‘n’ roll roots, but through eight subsequent EPs they’ve folded in everything from clave-tapping cumbia rhythms to psychedelic chicha riffs to noodly surf rock melodies and more, a concoction that’s simultaneously nostalgic and a transmission from the inevitable pan-Latin future. Their latest, Paleta $onora, begs you to stop trying to make sense of it all and just enjoy the mezcla—refined here on sixteen propulsive songs, all under three minutes long, many in Spanish—because it’s here to stay. Tracks veer from the catchy chorus of “Work It Out” to the tripped out flute breakdown on “Elotero Spaceman,” with guitarist David Pacheco’s shapeshifter vocals creeping throughout—he takes on the role of a reverb-laden sonidero for “Camisa Al Reves” and morphs into a growling garage-band frontman in “Muevela.” Thee Commons are best known now for making music that gets people bopping, moshing and dancing to cumbia all at the same show—a sound that could have only originated with L.A.’s next-generation of Chicano rockers. Paleta $onora all but acknowledges this—on a song called “Selena’s Butt,” no less!—when Pacheco softly sings: “Ni de aqui, ni de alla, pero aqui nos vamos a quedar / Tocando musica sin parades / Nunca vamos a parar.” [“Not from here, not from there, but here we’re going to stay. We play music without walls. We’re never going to stop.”]

—Sarah Bennett