More about the song: (“White Jesus”) explores colorism; a colonial tool imposed in the Caribbean where shades of skin color determined social status. It’s examined in modernity by telling the story of those who reach a level of comfort within American society and disassociate from the struggles of their communities.
The Chicago by way of the Dominican Republic 5-piece has completed production on its next album “Anti-Colonial Vol. 2,” which is set for release later this year via the band’s own label Mal De Ojo Records in the U.S. The album will be released via Thousand Islands Records in Canada and Lockjaw Records in Europe and the UK.
La Armada’s focus is to leave their mark on heavy music. A punk band at heart, they utilize elements of Afro-Caribbean rhythms and metal to create a style as unique as their story. Formed in the Dominican Republic in 2001 from where they dominated the Caribbean scene for years, the band opted to take a leap and relocate to Chicago in 2008, where they still reside.
Influenced by bands ranging from the Bad Brains to Death, they take elements from their native Island’s music to conjure a unique recipe; explosive live energy, and a clear cut narrative that highlights the effects of neo-colonialism on vulnerable communities.
Whether headlining tours throughout the world or supporting the likes of Sick of it All, Propagandhi, Strung Out, Death by stereo, and more, La Armada has come to bring a vibrant spin to the scene.
La Armada transform adversity into community… With the EP series ‘Songs of the Exiled,’ the Dominican-born hardcore band honor the cities they’ve called home… They also continue to challenge themselves as musicians, increasingly injecting Afro-Caribbean rhythms into their ripping hardcore, punk, and metal.” – Chicago Reader
” In addition to perfecting a vicious live show, the hardworking quintet developed a unique style of progressive punk-inflected metallic hardcore that marries jumpy tempos, while experimenting with building songs around Latin rhythms.” – VICE
” La Armada is one of the most hard hitting bands around. Their constant grinding and work ethic has created profound material that’ll get people thinking about what’s going on in the world. Their frantic energy and song compositions also provide the promise of a good time, for you won’t be able to stop moshing when the music starts.” – Metal Injection
“Combining powerful lyrics and furious musicianship, La Armada have proven themselves an outstanding force of brutality and passion.” – New Noise Magazine
“Watching La Armada work a crowd into a frenzy is almost as inspiring as how hard they work as a band. Going on after they level the room is no easy task.” – Jason Cruz (Strung Out)
” Onstage and offstage, La Armada are equal parts electrifying, versatile, ambitious, indefatigable and amiable. From the perspective of a fan base or a record label, all the qualities you want in a band.” – Chris Hannah (Propagandhi)