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Orlando promoter El Diáspora looking to be a foreign exchange program for Latin punk

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THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
El Diáspora showcase feat. End of Pipe and Boylectric, Uncle Lou’s, April 21
End of Pipe at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • End of Pipe at Uncle Lou's
El Diáspora is a new Orlando promoter doing something interesting and probably necessary: showcasing Latin punk. When you consider the sizable populations in both the punk and Latin communities of our area, the intersection is natural and has potential for prime synergy.
End of Pipe at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • End of Pipe at Uncle Lou's
The latest event was headlined by Brazilian band End of Pipe. Though they’re from a hemisphere away, their soulfully rugged music, all anthem and catharsis, is actually more evocative of a sound rooted only an hour and a half north of here in Gainesville – specifically, Hot Water Music. It’s as solid a foundation to start from as they come, and End of Pipe’s take on the style is sturdy and reliably hits its marks.
End of Pipe at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • End of Pipe at Uncle Lou's
Opening was Orlando band Boylectric, who deal in a slightly amorphous post-punk sound that’s hard-driving and diverse with some good influences but could use some sharpening and experience.
Boylectric at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Boylectric at Uncle Lou's
More than any of the individual bands though, El Diáspora itself is the bigger story. If it can get a foothold in the scene, it could be a welcome cultural force as a punk-rock ambassador program, a thing that probably only Punching Babies’ annual Foreign Dissent showcase was doing here consistently until now. That’s something worth getting behind.
End of Pipe at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • End of Pipe at Uncle Lou's
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