NPR WEEKEND EDITION-
Punk Roots, Pop Sounds And A Political Mind
confirmed for inaugural supersonico music festival
shrine expo + grounds
downtown los angeles
la edad de la violencia out now
August 8th -BMI Summer Nights- Levitt Pavillion- Pasadena, CA
August 15th- El Imperial- Mexico City, MEXICO
October 11th- Supersonico Festival- Shrine Expo Hall + Grounds- Los Angeles, CA
More dates To Be Announced
Los Angeles-based, Tijuana-raised artist Ceci Bastida
will be releasing her second full-length album “The Age Of Violence” (La Edad de la Violencia) on June 24th through indie label Cosmica Records (licensed through Bastida’s own Agualava)
. The album release will be followed by a series of dates in support of her album in June around Los Angeles & San Diego, July at the Celebrate Clark St World Music Festival in Chicago and a full U.S tour in the fall.Expertly produced by XXXChange (Spank Rock, Kele, The Kills) and Luke Top (Fool’s Gold)
, La Edad de la Violencia
was recorded over the past two years. The album was born of Bastida’s anxiety over the growing violence not only in her home country of Mexico, but in the United States and beyond-from Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon to the US-Mexico dug war. Despite the darkness of its themes, the album pops with electric color, skating tropi beats, lush strings, and blasts of brass.
“I wanted to create a jarring contrast between how the songs sound and the stories they tell,” says Bastida, “I guess it’s like a dance record for the end of days.”
This is also Bastida’s first album since becoming a first time mother.
“Having a girl definitely made me more hyper-sensitive to the risks we face as girls and women across the world- on the streets, online, in jobs, at home,” she says. “It informed a lot of these songs.”
The new record expands on the sound of her critically acclaimed first solo album Vea La Marea (which earned her a Latin Grammy nomination, a Lollapalooza slot, and featured collaborations with Diplo, Rye Rye, and Tim Armstrong of Rancid). La Edad De La Violencia takes its cues from hip-hop and global bass as much as from Bastida’s own punk rock roots– she was the teenage lead singer for Tijuana NO, one of Mexico’s pioneering punk bands. The new album includes a duet with Mexican alt-pop iconJulieta Venegas, “Ven (Beautiful),” that is an open letter to Bastida’s young daughter, a reconstructed version of Cody ChestnutTT’s indie fave “Look Good In Leather,” and three songs inspired Haruki Murakami’s novel Kafka on the Shore. One of those,“Cuervo,” has been featured by taste-making radio station KCRW as Today’s Top Tune as of June 9th.