|Painting by Motohiro Hayakawa|
Hecho en Brooklyn REVIEW
by John Coulter
After listening to Hecho en Brooklyn, you may feel that all other music is missing guiro. Speedy latin drums seem to be a perfect match for hardcore punk licks. The infectious scratch now seems absent from classic songs by Motorhead or the Clash.
The group appeals to a variety of audiences as they blend heavy metal, Latin dance, and independent genres. Their work stands on the shoulders of genres from the past without belonging to any. The band makes international music from an older generation accessible and more palatable to another, while creating something entirely new. Each member brings a unique voice to the group creating an unparalleled line up.
Leopoldo de la Cruz glues disparate ideas together with his solid and foundational bass lines. The agile bass in merengue goes well with the aggressive tempo of punk and metal. Oscar Chulex provides a contemporary voice for the band. Chulex succeeds in taking on the challenge of blending eclectic styles while singing bi-lingual tunes in an experimental genre.
Their tracks are filled with classic Carlos Santana style guitar progressions that are complex and tell a story. Hecho’s song La Tuerca is great to see live and their recording is clean while capturing the energy of their performances. A catchy, airy lead guitar builds over the gritty harmony. El Can boasts a progressive, echoey synth that hovers over the the upstroke guitar rhythm. This element clarifies the competing styles and gives the track a lot of depth.
At the end of the day, Hecho provides great high energy rock and roll. If you live near Brooklyn, New York, consider yourself lucky and go see a show. If not, check them out online on soundcloud and youtube.