Founded in 2011, The Battle of Santiago has been marked by this restless, transnational experimentalism since the begin- ning. The group has evolved from an exploration of experi- mental rock grounded in drummer-less Latin percussion, to an instrumental groove machine, to the tight Afro-Cuban post-rock out t that it is today.
That evolution can be heard on the band’s two full-length albums, 2012’s Full Colour and 2013’s Followed by Thousands. Now, with the addition of vocals, the Battle of Santiago is poised to break new ground in 2017 with their new full length release La Migra.
This new album dives deep into Afro-Cuban waters, mixing Afro-Cuban Yoruba chants with subtle electronica and rum- bas with post-rock experimentalism. The sound is more than just Radiohead meets Irakere, there’s some cumbia tinged with dub anthemic Latin rock and even the smooth funk.
The Battle of Santiago doesn’t skimp on their live show, either. Their Revolucion Perpetua multimedia show, developed with chilean-born artist/designer Patricio Davila, integrates digital visual art, live musical performance and audience interaction. The result is a one-of-a-kind organic audio / visual installation not to be missed.