Accounts of the history of punk in Chicago tend to overlook Los Crudos, who arrived on the scene during a period when the most of the attention being paid to the city’s musical culture was focused on more commercially appealing indie rock acts, and whose aggressive identity politics could alienate even the largely white, supposedly radical-left hardcore community of the time. (I remember hearing punks at the Fireside Bowl complaining that they couldn’t understand front man Martin Sorrondeguy’s lyrics because they were in Spanish.) But these days their legacy is arguably more relevant than that of the better known bands—while the north side punk scene is currently typified by the kind of painfully unadventurous bands that my colleague Brian Costello likes to call “ham and eggers,” there’s a vibrant, innovative (and almost entirely Latino) hardcore scene in Pilsen and Little Village that Crudos had a major role in establishing.
While the group officially broke up in 1998, they’ve reunited a few times over the past decade. At the moment they’re preparing for a tour of South America, and before they head out they’re playing two shows on Saturday at Chitown Futbol, an indoor soccer facility in Pilsen. Both shows are all ages, and both offer a slate of opening bands drawn from the aforementioned south side hardcore scene, with the later show featuring a set by Sin Orden, who in many ways picked up where Crudos left off and have subsequently become just as essential a part of that community.
I have no idea what Chitown Futbol’s capacity is, but with no advance ticketing and over 1,100 people already RSVP’d via the show’s Facebook page it would seem that showing up early would be a good idea. For a glimpse of the beautiful madness that awaits you there, hit the jump for a clip of Crudos playing the 2006 Southkore festival.