Downtown Boys releases video for “Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)” via Univision

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Cost Of Living out now on Sub Pop via Inertia Music

Playing Meredith Music Festival Festival and Touring Australia this December

Downtown Boys use their ferocious energy and powerhouse live shows to unite crowds in the struggle to smash racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people use to try to close our minds, eyes and hearts. The band underlines their fearless and steadfast work towards these common goals with every conversation, song and performance as well as the “Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)” video released today via Univision. Directed by Eavvon O’Neal, the video opens with a short clip from powerful album single “A Wall” and quickly transitions into Spanish-language track “Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)”. The video pits emotionally charged live performance footage of the Downtown Boys against a children’s birthday party in Brooklyn with piñatas fashioned after hot-button political signposts and eventually breaks out into a food fight.

A statement from Downtown Boys:

We hope you enjoy this video. Chulas are people who believe in the mergence of our past experiences and what we want the future to be. This mergence becomes our reality, and right now that includes a lot of pain and healing in our community at so many levels. We feel that the recent decision made by the white supremacist faction of our Federal government around DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) was not a decision based on economic justice for the USA nor based on advancing real immigration reform. It was based on racism against immigrants. We know a lot of people who like Downtown Boys, come to our shows, or listen to our music are affected by this. We also want to acknowledge the millions of immigrants that were never even eligible for DACA and face criminalisation, deportation, and racism daily. We must continue to fight against all borders. Demonising people of color and immigrants is not a solution. We know we can’t do much, but we can try to get as much information on this out there as possible. We urge anyone who is affected by the DACA decision or knows someone who is affected to look into United We Dream and the National Immigration Law Center. People have until October 5 to renew their DACA paperwork. Read more and find out how to get involved here.

Produced by Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto, Downtown Boys has released their highly anticipated and critically acclaimed third album, Cost of Living, on Sub Pop via Inertia Music. The position of Downtown Boys has been clear since they started storming through basements and DIY spaces with their radically-minded, indefatigable rock music: they are here to topple the white-cis-het hegemony and draft a new history. This is how Downtown Boys began, and their resolve has only strengthened as both their sound and audience have grown. Like the socially conscious groups of years past, from Public Enemy to Rage Against the Machine, Downtown Boys harness powerful sloganeering, repetitive grooves, and earworm hooks to create one of the most necessary musical statements of today.

Downtown Boys will be touring in Australia in December, making stops in Wollongong, Sydney and Melbourne, and performing at Meredith Music Festival. Details below.

presented by Handsome Tours

Wednesday December 6 | Rad Bar, Wollongong NSW
Thursday December 7 | Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney NSW
Friday December 8 | The Curtin, Melbourne VIC


Also appearing at:

Saturday December 9 | Meredith Music Festival, Meredith VIC *SOLD OUT*

More Info


Accompanied by production from Greg Norman and Fugazi’s
Guy Picciotto, Downtown Boys sound sharper than ever,
their urgency tightened into a raging storm.

Pitchfork, Best New Track

America’s Most Exciting Punk Band.
Rolling Stone

[‘A Wall’] feels powerful enough to break down
any physical boundary.


Downtown Boys’ mission: to reject boundaries that
separate our humanity.


They make music that aims to inspire some spark of radical
progress in this country, and the torch is all of ours to bear.


Downtown Boys
Cost Of Living

1. A Wall
2. Play
3. I’m Enough (I Want More)
4. Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)
5. Play
6. Promissory Note
7. Because You
8. Violent Complicity
9. It Can’t Wait
10. Tonta
11. Heroes (Interlude)
12. Lips That Bite
13. Clara Rancia
14. Bulletproof (Outro)

Cost Of Living by Downtown Boys is out now on Sub Pop via Inertia Music
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