Cuban Punk Invasion is heading to Canada…
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SUNDAY JUNE 15 SOLIDARITY ROCK PRESENTS SLATES – ARRABIO – ADICTOX – VIKING FELL – BOOK OF CAVERNS – BACK TO THE BLANKET BARBER HA $12 at door SLATES – New Damage recording artists ARRABIO – CUBAN HARDCORE HEROS ADICTOX – SANTA CLARA STREET PUNX VIKING FELL – Melancholy Dance Rock BOOK OF CAVERNS – DIY true believers BACK TO THE BLANKET – Hip Hop breakouts from Eden Valley, AB Solidarity Rock is back with a history bending Cuban punk invasion. June 15, Edmonton heavies SLATES will take the stage with their Cuban brethren for the first time in 4 years. Trinidad, Cuba’s Hardcore heros ARRABIO return to Edmonton, their second home. This time, they will travel with ADICTOX from Santa Clara, the punkest band in the world (not joking). This will be ADICTOX’s first show out side of Cuba. VIKING FELL is the latest Canadian band to make the journey and tour across Cuba. They are sportin new dance jams and can’t be stopped. BOOK OF CAVERNS are a DIY tour de force. Building and crashing, singing songs with heart and a pile of emotion, this is straight outta 1998. BACK TO THE BLANKET are a young hip hop act from Eden Valley, AB and will be playing with ARRABIO and Adictox in towns across treaty 7 territory later in the month. Cash bar, early start, Don’t miss it. THIS IS SOLIDARITY ROCK. WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER – ESTAMOS JUNTOS EN ESTO  

Cuba’s Rock’n’Roll and Hardcore Gods…
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ARRABIO hail from the Trinidad, Cuba, the 500 year old jewel of the nation’s Caribbean coast. After years in isolation The band has distilled its unique sound, carving their spot in the international hardcore community. It was once illegal in Cuba to play rock n roll, now this 4-piece has been at the forefront of creating a DIY rock n roll revolution in Cuba, a country hungry for something new.

Friendship through punk rock…
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Solidarity Rock: The Oral History of Arrabio and the DIY Punk Rock Movement in Cuba.   For years, Cuban punk-rockers bought and sold records illegally. Some musicians were repressed and their shows banned. Now attitudes have changed largely due to the work of William Garcia one of the original Cuban punk rockers. William’s music, work through the Cuban cultural ministry and relationship with Edmonton based Music Promoter and Filmmaker Drew McIntosh was the cornerstone to create Solidarity Rock. This artist run organization works to partner musicians, artists and creative people in Cuba, Canada and beyond. Since 2008, Solidarity Rock has been helping build the Cuban alternative arts scene; overcoming political, social and economic barriers while doing so.   On Thursday, October 25, 2012 The Oral History Centre held a public interview with Solidarity Rock organizers William Garcia and Drew McIntosh. The talk was moderated by OHC Audio Technician Kent Davies. The following video contains excerpts of that interview.     http://www.oralhistorycentre.ca

For the love of Hardcore…
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In August 2011, Royal 70 was contacted by a US filmmaker by the name of Steve Tozzi. Steve had an inspired thought. He was interested in taking US hardcore punk bands into Cuba to do some shows, hoping to enlist the bands with which he was connected to perform. Bands like Youth of Today, Vision, Token Entry, Sick of it All, Agnostic Front and Mouthpiece. I loved the idea, and I knew Cuba’s punk and hardcore scene would, too. Unfortunately, I received his email just a few days before we were due to leave for Cuba ourselves for a few months, so I passed on his details and ideas to Drew from Solidarity Rock and William from Cuban hardcore punk band Arrabio, knowing that if anyone could help Steve out it would be these guys. They had been taking rock bands into Cuba for shows since 2008. Steve’s idea never came to fruition, but all was not lost. One year later, Arrabio travelled to Canada to open for Agnostic Front. Steve’s dream of bringing US hardcore bands to Cuba may not have been realised, due to the politics between these two countries, but he has still opened doors to realise a dream for a bunch of Cubans who are doing so much for punk on the island.  Riot on the Dance Floor is Steve Tozzi’s latest film. If you love a little chaos, history and hardcore, learn more about it at, www.citygardensfilm.com

Solidarity Rock – Supporting Cuba’s misfits
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Solidarity Rock is an artist run organization working to partner musicians, artists and creative people in Cuba, Canada and beyond. Since 2008, they have been working to collect instruments and musical equipment to help friends in Cuban rock bands find their own way through music. Working together as well as supporting Cuba’s hardcore band Arrabio, SR have done so much for the Cuban punk/hardcore music scene and have inspired us at Royal 70 to never give up on our own Cuban surfing family and friends. You can check out and support what these legends are doing at www.solidarityrock.com      

Who the F#@k are The Cuban Cowboys?
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They are the world’s greatest Cuban surf rock band and have supported Royal 70 and the Cuban surfers from day one…   Que es/What is un Cuban Cowboy? A berry good question. The Cuban Cowboy is not a tipico cowboy in the mold of a cheesy-quesoso Hollywood Western. Horses? He has none. His bovine encounters are limited to the meat aisle. He (or she) sleeps on a mattress, rides a subway train, and owns no rifle. The Cuban Cowboy is a breed apart–a hy-breed. The tools of his trade are a musical instrument, a silvery tongue and a pair of twitchy hips. He is the bastard love-child of Ricky Ricardo and Tom Waits, Elvis eats azucar. The musical estilo of The Cuban Cowboys is as itinerant as the elusive creatures who spawn it. A capricious mixture of tradition and revolt, it features tasty rhythmitos ofMontuno and Guajira served up under swooning surf guitar and dark post-punk power chords. An occasional hillbilly root thrown in the pot not only justifies the wearing of cowboy hats, but also makes an excellent garnish. Armed with intelligent lyrics and catchy mambo riffs The Cuban Cowboys swivel forth to enclose their audience en un rock ‘n’ roll abrazo: suave, firme y muy—¿como se dice?—SEXXAY. Today the band is busy wreaking havoc on cultural assumptions and rocking their culos off along both U.S. coasts: spreading the word, playing the tunes, and promoting the traditional Cuban values of Ritmo, Amor, y el Consumption of Pork Products. The Cuban Cowboys may not know joo yet, but already they burn with lob for joo… […]