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“Mexica” by Prayers Is A Reminder Of Who Was Here First

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Prayers hasn’t forgotten.

Long before America was “discovered”, the indigenous people of Mexico — the Mexica — lived in harmony with the Earth, celebrating it through their traditions and culture. It wasn’t a perfect time, but it was much better than what followed. Persecution came in the form of European colonizers who tossed these people and their heritage into the thresher of industrialization. And this is what makes the imagery in the video for “Mexica,” a new song by Prayers, so compelling.

“As Mexicans, we often portray ourselves as ‘just humble people that want to come to this country to work.’ I say no — screw all that,” Leafar Seyer, Prayer’s frontman told UPROXX.

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“The truth of the matter is,” Seyer told UPROXX, “people of color are oppressed, and we have been since 1492 when the settlers came to the Western Hemisphere and started raping us and pillaging our land.” Seyer added, “Everything we’re being accused of? The settlers did that to us. They killed 95% of our people and the 5% that actually survived had to convert to Catholicism and Christianity. We lost our identity and we lost our roots.” According to Seyer, the face paint of his ancestors has been replaced with the tattoos of today. And the tribal drums have been replaced with the angry percussion of Prayers.

The struggle for cultural identity is as important now as it was for our ancestors. In today’s growing climate of isolationism, immigrants are facing yet another wave of persecution, and anything that’s different is feared and politicized as evil.

Prayers’ music might not be for everyone, but their music is fighting for everyone who has been persecuted. Check out the entire story of “Mexica” at UPROXX.


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The Guy Behind Cholo Goth Band Prayers Says Donald Trump Has Moved Him To Be More Politically Active

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The Guy Behind Cholo Goth Band Prayers Says Donald Trump Has Moved Him To Be More Politically Active

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If there’s one good thing about Donald Trump, CNN points out, it’s the unity he’s brought to the Latino music community. Case in point, the bands Prayers and Downtown Boys have been so inspired by the potential evil that Trump would bring as president, they’re taking every opportunity available to speak out against him.

Though Trump has tried to stereotype immigrants as rapists and criminals, “Prayers,” a band that created by two Mexican immigrant musicians who developed the cholo-goth genre, is anything but a cliché.

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“When you’re being under attack, then you pay attention,” Rafael Reyes, Prayers frontman, explains. “It wasn’t until Trump came into the scene that I started paying attention to more politics because I realized how it was affecting me and my community.”

Already a politically charged, socially aware punk band, Downtown Boys is putting in the extra effort to start the same conversation with their fans.

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“What we really try to do is open it up,” vocalist Victoria Ruiz explains. “Always try and create more dialogue and create more power to confront a lot of things that are holding a lot of people back right now.” Whether or not you feel that it’s the job of musicians to get political, Ruiz’s explanation is simple and to the point: “This is why we play music, so that we can participate.”

Check out the whole story at CNN: Donald Trump rhetoric sparks Latino musicians to speak out.


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This Cholo Goth Video Is So Gothtastic It Listens To The Cure In The Rain

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This Cholo Goth Video Is So Gothtastic It Listens To The Cure In The Rain

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Your cholo goth faves, Prayers, released the video for their latest single, “Black Leather,” through Pitchfork on Friday and IT IS GLORIOUSLY GOTH. It even features Kat Von D! It’s more goth than a raven sitting on a skull reading Bolaño in the rain. It’s more goth than Siouxsie Sioux contemplating La Santa Muerte while listening to The Cure in a cemetery. It’s more goth than opening a mazapan and having it break in your hand while Morrissey plays on a loop through your brain.

Let’s zoom in for a closer look at the video’s gothiest moments:

1. Kat Von D Lookin’ Somber AF On A Balcony

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Credit: YouTube / Pitchfork / Prayers

Woemeo and Booliet. ?

2. Rafael Walking Through A Graveyard As Someone Roasts Chiles Nearby

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That’s going to ~linger.~

3. These Abuelitas, Who Probably Know Something We Don’t

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Those mantillas are hiding something far more sinister than just the fact that the cookie tin is full of sewing supplies.

4. This Man And His Snake

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Literally same.

5. (Which Was Not A Euphemism)

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See?

6. Lighting A Cigarette With A Velita

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Dude’s pretty goddamn audacious, I’ll tell you what.

7. These Spooky Cholos

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I like them. I would give any of them my last clove cigarette.

8. This Man’s Migraine

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Nothing makes you want to chill in a catacomb like a migraine. Ergo, migraines are goth.

9. Her Bangs

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Also, her forearm skirts.

10. This Girl And Her Necklace

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V goth.

11. And This Dude Making Eye Contact With The Camera

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The other guys are goth, but he’s the most goth.

12. This Lewk

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This man is iconic, and I want to read Poe to him.

13. And Leaving The Club Early Because You’re Over It

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An extremely goth move.

You can, and should, watch the full video right here:

Credit: YouTube / Pitchfork / Prayers

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