Chicago by way of the Dominican Republic 5-piece La Armada has unveiled the video for the new single “Checkmate Humanity.”
The track appears on their upcoming album “Anti-Colonial Vol. 2,” out Feb 11, 2022 via the band’s own label Mal De Ojo Records in the U.S. and Latin America. The LP will be released via Thousand Islands Records in Canada and Lockjaw Records in Europe and the UK.
Of the video, the band says, “For this video we collaborated with Dominican-born, Berlin-based, contemporary Dance Artist Tatiana Mejía. The challenge was to interpret the chorus of the song, “Who or what is it that conquers me?” / “¿Quién o qué me conquista?” This is our call for us all to reflect on over consumption, greed, and selfishness in the digital age and the effects that this has on our minds and on the planet. Colonialism is not just a physical harm, it also lives through the influences we allow into ourselves. With this collaboration between the artistic diaspora of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, we continue to leave our mark in heavy music. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”
La Armada‘s newest offering, “Anti-Colonial Vol. 2” was born in chaos. The band captured the tribulations of 2020 in three separate stints at Chicago’s Electrical Audio Studios and the result is a ferociously defiant album that looks to push heavy music into new spaces. The record is an impassioned mix of the hardcore punk they refined during their time in Chicago, and Afro-Taino elements of their Caribbean culture. Songs range from soothing grooves to fast-paced brutal anthems, all made deeply satisfying largely in part to new vocalist Casper Torres warm and rage-filled delivery that will have just about anyone ready to put a fist in the air.