"Thee Commons is one more bit of evidence of Latino L.A.'s further dominance in the independent music scene. Sure, you can reminisce all you want about the days of Mika Miko and Moving Units (they were definitely fun!) but, that was then and this is now. Besides, L.A.'s Latino scene has a couple of Grammy winners to boast of if you're into keeping track of that type of silverware.
What separates Thee Commons from their local brethren (Quetzal, Las Cafeteras, La Chamba, etc.) is their focus on that old-school rock & roll sound a la Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. There are flashes of cumbia chicha here and there reminiscent of Los Mirlos and Los Orientales De Paramonga as well.
"Rabbit And Rattles" is one of the tracks off their upcoming Sunburn at Midnight vinyl EP. The band's style sounds like it belongs on vinyl. It's super retro and I was surprised that a fight between sailors and greasers didn't break out after I listened to it."
Written by Afroxander
El Haru Kuroi, is an East Los Angeles trio drawing their original musical style from their own experiences with life and music from which they are surrounded. Natives to Los Angeles’ Eastside, their music not only is a representation of their cultural upbringing but also captures their individual style with a reminiscence of Mexican, South American, African, and American Jazz elements. Meeting in music school, they have evolved together and persisted in the creation of an original musical sound, which combines distinct melodic, polyrhythmic and multilingual aspects, resulting as a key ingredient for their sound. El Haru Kuroi has performed throughout the LA area and toured the South West to New Orleans, the East Coast and recently toured to Japan.
They have also performed in various cultural and musical festivals in Los Angeles such as First Fridays held at the Natural History Museum, Levitt Pavillion in MacArther Park, Union Station for the Metro Art Los Angeles concert series, at Self Help Graphics for the annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration and recently at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA). After being together for a little over a decade, they have recorded three full length albums, a two-song 7” vinyl, made music videos, and have had their music placed in documentaries and films. The latest release of their 192192192 album was recently pressed onto their first 12” vinyl.
El Haru Kuroi will continue on their musical trajectory writing new music, releasing another album/ single, and making more videos.
“Combining the snarling urgency of post-punk with the sensuality of bossa-nova, they’ve come upon something very different and exciting to listen to” (M. Cotto, KCRW).