Not many bands would describe themselves as a "bilingual political dance sax Punk party." But that's where Downtown Boys (who aren't all boys) went.
Singer Victoria Ruiz left San Jose and landed in Providence, more for the politics than music.
"I heard there was a lot of great activism going on and it was cheaper to live in than New York City," stated Ruiz. She met bassist Daniel Schleiffer while they were working on a campaign for former Rhode Island state representative David Segal.
Ruiz encountered guitarist and vocalist Joey DeFrancesco when they were organizing the employees of the Renaissance Providence Hotel. DeFrancesco, who was then in a band named What Cheer? Brigade, a brass outfit with approximately 18 active members, quit working at the hotel by handing in his letter of resignation accompanied by his bandmates.
That led to the formation of Downtown Boys in '11.
Four years down the road, they issued their full-length debut, "Full Communism," with the lead single "Monstro," a "manifesta for those routinely passed over for accolades and job opportunities."
The album delivered Marxist-feminist messages in English and Spanish (that's the bilingual part). Viva la Raza!
2015 Full Communism