The Ladrones

The Ladrones are 6 piece BYC based band that fuses the sounds of Punk/Ska/Metal/Jazz/Latin Rhythms. We have played in venues such as B.B. King, Highline Ballroom, The Continental, The Knitting Factory, Arlene's Grocery, D'Antigua, Crash Mansion, El Rey Ballroom among many others. The Band was established in 2006.

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InCircles' most recent EP, STABLE 8 features 5 blood spattering, deep 'n' fruity, heavy hitting tunes produced by Grammy award winning producer/engineer Cynthia Daniels at MonkMusic Studios based in East Hampton, NY. Topics of discussion generally consist of, but are not limited to: god, drugs, sex, colors, numbers, energy, eternity.

InCircles has taken the main stage at NYC’s Punk Island 4 years running, 2013’s CBGB Music Festival, 2014’s Skate and Surf Festival in Asbury Park, NJ and lots more. Sharing the stage with: Alkaline Trio, The Casualties, Brick and Mortar, Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw, Priests, Patent Pending, Midtown, Fucked Up, Star Fucking Hipsters.

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The Threads

New York City’s The Threads are born out of the frustration of the dying Rock & Roll scene in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The Threads are a band of rockers who long for the days of the Tompkins Square Riots, squatters on every corner instead of a Starbucks, and no fucking bike lanes. All veterans of other sleazy NYC rock outfits, the gentlemen came together to pursue one goal: to create a true and honest rock show.

Started in 2004 by Mick Brown (aka Mick Stitch), lead singer of the infamous Lower East Side Stitches, guitarist Roger Jaghoo after a Super Bowl party dissolved into an alcohol fueled jam session. The idea was to play straight up Rock & Roll. Not Punk Rock, or Indie Rock, or Glam Rock, but straight up Rock music which had been lacking for quite some time. Joined by then-bassist Andy Dahill the band began gigging around Manhattan’s Lower East Side and East Village. The five piece was rounded out sometime after by current bassist Anthony Tricarico and drummer Chris Cilione.

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In the begining of 2009 rojo, Sorf and Kirstine began having jamming sessions at Kirstine’s basement. Sorf had already been practicing on the drums while Kirstine had her Alto sax from High School. Rojo and Kirstine had both been in other bands before. Kirstine was the lead singer for the Krust band Smegma and rojo was the guitarist for NEKROFILIA. Mauricio joined the jamming sessions a little later with his brand new tenor sax. Then Milton came along on the bass and right after him Irving who had just bought his trumpet.

People came and went during these jamming sessions and it would be good to mention all of them but it would take too long. During the summer Clavillazo and Snif had also bought instruments, a trumpet and a bass respectively, and both joined the band. It wasn’t until the end of the year that Snif switched to vocals. It was Román who became the singer by the end of the summer. Also around this time Maricruz joined in with her tambourine. Maricruz had been present since the very beginning and it was the raw energy of the band that motivated her to be part of it. By the end of the year Tlane joined in on the guitar.

Only Kirstine and rojo had experience playing with other bands but for the majority of the people in the band this was their first time playing an instrument and being in a band. This was an acid test for the band because picking up an instrument for the first time is not easy, but trying to play a wind or brass instrument it’s a whole different story. And so with a lot of patience and hard work the wind and brass section was able to blow two or three notes together.

During the summer we only had three songs of our own and a cover: “protestando y luchando”, “por fin ha llegado el día” y “malditas fronteras” (Protesting and fighting, finally the day is here and damn borders) which we would call affectionately numbers one, two and three. The cover we had was “Cerveza Ska” from the Argentine band los Calzones Rotos. By year’s end we had a small repertoire of eight songs of our own. Sorf, being the main song writer, had political and social themes in all the lyrics and rojo in various occasions would make corrections and amendments to the lyrics pushing them to the left. It should also be stressed that everyone in the band would opine and comment on the content of the songs.

The second song, Grito Skarroñero, was the one to embody what the band wanted to contribute musically, socially and politically. In the last verse it goes, “we know that not always is just fun and games, we are also going to struggle.” The first song the band wrote also reflects the conscious decision of the band to be a political band, to the left. In the beginning the song was called protesting and fighting, by the end of the year the name changed to “Class Struggle.”

Not everyone in the band is politically active in the workers movement but all share a common principle, the love of Ska music and an understanding that the majority of us are immigrant workers, therefore we belong to the working class.

Having this in mind we started seeking and searching for a name that would reflect our background and our class. So we opted for Skarroñeros. The prefix, Ska, well, that one is obvious, since that is the music we love and wanted to play. Then, the carroñero part, which is a reference to scavenging birds like the vulture, but in reality we were aiming for the colloquial jargon ñero, which means a person from the barrio, a poor working class neighborhood. And that’s who we are, we are ñeros, workers who like Ska music. And we also like Punk music.

The band made its first public official appearance on January 15 at the Ají Bar and Lounge in Park Slope. Around this time Linska and Noodle joined the band. Linska on the Alto sax and Noodle on the trombone. From the very beginning we have received full support from our friends and this fact has consolidated the band. The fact that there are so many great people around the band has made it very popular in such a short time.

Unfortunately, during our short trajectory we have lost three members, Román, Milton and Tlane. We respect their personal decisions and we wish them the best in their musical projects and from time to time we invite them to join us on the stage for a song or two.

For many of us, this is the first time we play an instrument and/or are part of a band. We are a band mainly of immigrant workers. It’s true that many of us are Mexican, however we do not consider the band to be a Mexican band. We live in New York City, that would make us a New York band or more precisely a Brooklyn band. Plus the fact that we live in a multiethnic, multirracial and multinational city. We are a proletarian band, we belong to the working class and it’s with this class that we solidarize internationally. From the very beginning we have tried to intervene with our modest forces in various political, social and workers’ struggles. We also hope to have the talent and the audacity to continue with this project since it has been a struggle to get it off the ground and we hope that there will be Skarroñeros for a long time.

Workers of the world, unite!

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