"Why are We Destroying Ourselves" (Epitaph; 1998)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Union 13 are a Latino punk band. I didn’t even know this type of music existed. It just goes to show that music can cross any border. 

With fast lyrical delivery and a punk attitude from a ground breaking group, Union 13 have the usual social issues surrounding them that punk is known for. Thank goodness the lyrics are included.

I always try to get where a band is coming from when they put as much passion and punk into their music that Union 13 does. Alternating between Spanish and English lyrics you get a sense of what these guys see and feel. I rarely put punk at the top of my wish list for music and even though the longest song offered here is 3:44 I still had to decompress after listening to this disc.

Although it’s only just over 32 minutes it resonates long after that. I won’t get political but Edward Escoto lays down what he hates and why he hates it. He also forces the issue of the title of the album. 

For me, "Why are We Destroying Ourselves" is just a punk rock album; for others, it's information and perhaps even application. Give it a listen and decide for yourself.

Union 13: Edward Escoto - vocals; Jose Mercado – guitar; Ben Sandoval – guitar; Gerardo Navarro – bass; Louis Villareal – drums.

For more information, check out www.union-13.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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