After releasing an EP in 2018 and a few singles in 2022, Puerto Rican ska pioneers Los Inconformes released IV, an album that displays their signature ska sound mixed with other genres along the way.
IV starts with “Recluso”, a song that features La Mio from Piquete to reflect on how we affect ourselves by staying at home and not doing much to change our surroundings. Afterwards, “Cuando Te Veo” is a love-driven ska tune that’ll make some feet move around. Then Los Inconformes present “Inconforme”, a rebellious track alongside Puya’s Sergio that displays the band’s heavy metal influences. Next the project delves into “Maldito Sabio”, a more traditional ska record that displays storytelling techniques as the group reflects on what could happen when one lives a life without any responsibilities or consequences. Afterwards, “RRRatas” closes the first half of the project with a very danceable and moshpit-worthy ska punk and hardcore mix that critiques Puerto Rico’s corrupt government and political leaders.
The second part of the album starts with “Otra Vez”, a track that goes back to familiar territory as the ensemble uses ska punk to share a tale full of heartache. Subsequently, “Vuelvo de Nuevo” finds the band mixing hard rock and hardcore influences with their trumpets. Then, “El Sabio” continues the story setup in “Maldito Sabio” but from what seems to be the perspective of the title character. Next, “Tu Papá” shows the band having fun playing ska punk mixed with ranchera music. Finally, the project delivers “Este Pa’ Ti”, a rebellious nu metal and punk record that explores the freedom of self-expression.
Overall, Los Inconformes’s IV is a fast-paced project where the band displays their brand of ska while mixing it with a few different sounds. Thus, making it an entertaining experience that doesn’t overstay its welcome.
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Fernando E. E. Correa González is the author behind over 30 self-published poetry books. He has been published by literary magazines & journals [Id]entidad, El Vicio del Tintero, Sábanas Magazine, Smaeralit, The Occulum, Tonguas and Hound Magazine. Other than writing, Correa is also the host of FENCast, a podcast dedicated to documenting the Puerto Rican independent art scene. Aside from this, he experiments with filmmaking, photography, drawing, painting, multimedia and transmedia. He currently lives in his native Puerto Rico.