Afterboltxebike – Working Class Revolution / Marxist Agitation

Afterboltxebike: anti-capitalist, anti-fascist, anti-racist, agit-prop punk from Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

“Marxist Agitation” is the name of their latest release, a three song EP of anti-capitalist, class-struggle, combat-core. It’s out on Discos Machete, Dure Realite, Incendiario and Rebel Time Records bandcamp pages.

“Marxist Agitation” is available as a free / pay what you can download at both the Discos Machete and Rebel Time Records bandcamp pages.

Here’s the three tracks from the EP, set to footage from the film  “The Battle of Chile,” a documentary film directed by Patricio Guzman. The film was released, in three parts: The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie (1975), The Coup d’état (1976), Popular Power (1979).

About the film:

“Filmed in the months preceding the September 11 coup, it combines hundreds of on-the-street interviews with intimate footage from Chile’s political battlefields — street demonstrations, judicial proceedings, workers’ assemblies inside occupied factories, even fascist rallies where battalions of shock-troops strut in formation down public streets.

Guzmán’s documentary offers a rare glimpse at a revolutionary process in its most heightened period of crisis — dispossessed elites conspire to lay siege to the economy from within, emboldened workers seize factories and demand arms, and, throughout it all, the specter of a dissident military threatens the survival of one of history’s most promising socialist movements. It’s a harrowing story.

But the film’s greatest strength may be its portrayal of Chilean workers. In nearly every scene, workers show themselves to be a powerful and transformative force — the people who make history rather than the people to whom history happens. In The Battle for Chile, we witness ordinary people at their best, using the organizational resources at their disposal to collectively make sense of a disorienting and high-stakes reality — and ultimately confronting both business and state elites in an effort to establish a radically new kind of society.”

Track One: Manifiesto

SPANISH

Durante siglos hemos sido explotados
Somos los pobres, somos los proletarios
Nuestra existencia es producto
Del sistema capitalista
Con nuestras manos construimos la riqueza
Que se la apropian los dueños de las empresas
A nosotros solos nos dejan
Las migajas que nos quieren dar

Una clase, solo una trinchera
Revolucion de la clase obrera

Ahora estamos desorganizados
Sin unidad o en sindicatos blancos
Es hora de abrir los ojos
Y tomar los medios de producción
Organizados en una sola clase
Sin religiones ni miedo a sus dioses
Codo a codo los trabajadores
Construiremos un mundo mejor

FRENCH

Nous avons été exploités pendant des siècles
Nous sommes pauvres et prolétaires
Notre existence est le produit
Du système capitaliste
Nous construisons la richesse avec nos mains
Les propriétaires des entreprises nous la volent
Ils ne nous laissent que les miettes
qu’ils veulent bien nous donner

Une classe, une seule tranchée
Révolution de la classe ouvrière

Aujourd’hui nous sommes désorganisés
Sans unité ou dans des syndicats soc-dem
Il est temps s’ouvrir les yeux
Et de prendre les moyens de production
Organisés en une seule classe
Sans religions, ni peur de leurs dieux
Coudes serrés, les travailleurs
Nous construirons un monde meilleur

ENGLISH

We’ve been exploited for centuries
We are the poor and the proletariat
Our existence is a product
Of the capitalist system
We build wealth with our hands
While the business owners steal it
Leaving us only crumbs that they are happy to give us

One class, one trench
Working class revolution

We’re not organized today
Without unity or in social democratic unions
It is time that we open our eyes
And seize the means of production
Organized into a single class
Without religion, without fear of their gods
Arm in arm, workers
We will build a better world

Track Two: Consciencia De Clase

SPANISH

Encerrado en una fabrica
Trabajando sin descanso
Produciendo las ganancias
Para enriquecer al patron

DESPIERTA, COMBATE, CONCIENCIA DE CLASE

Diez horas en una cocina
Perdiendo toda mi vida
Laborando por un salario
Para poder sobrevivir

FRENCH

Enfermé dans une usine
Travaillant sans répit
Produisant des bénéfices
Pour enrichir le patron

RÉVEILLE-TOI, COMBATS
CONSCIENCE DE CLASSE

Dix heures dans une cuisine
Je perds toute ma vie
Je travaille pour un salaire
Pour pouvoir survivre

ENGLISH

Locked in a factory
Working tirelessly
Making money
To enrich the boss

WAKE UP! FIGHT!
CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS!

Ten hours in a kitchen
I lose my entire life
Working for a wage
Just to survive

Track Three – A.C.A.B. ( cover of Hate The Police by The Dicks )

SPANISH

Mami, mami, mami
Mira a tu hijo
Debías haberme amado
porque ahora estoy armado
ya me uní a la Fuerza Civil

Papi, papi, papi
orgulloso de tu hijo
conseguí un buen trabajo ,
matando obreros e indios
ahora soy de la Guardia Nacional
ahora soy de la Guardia Nacional

Afterboltxebike
Odia a la policía
Es el brazo de represión
De la burguesía
También odiamos a la Guardia Nazional
También odiamos al ICE
Odiamos al ICE

Donald, Donald
Mira a tus hijos
Arrestando y separando
Familias de sus hijos
Todo por ser ilegal
Todo por ser ilegal
Por ser ilegal

FRENCH

Maman, maman, maman
Regarde ton fils
Tu aurais du m’aimer
Maintenant je suis armé
Et j’ai rejoint la Force Civile

Papa, papa, papa,
Fier de ton fils
J’ai trouvé un bon boulot
Pour tuer des ouvriers et des indiens
Maintenant je suis de la Garde Nationale
Maintenant je suis de la Garde Nationale

Afterboltxebike
Déteste la police
Le bras de la répression
De la bourgeoisie
Nous détestons aussi la Garde Nationale
Nous détestons aussi l’ICE
Nous détestons l’ICE

Donald, Donald
Regarde tes enfants
Qui arrêtent et séparent
Des familles de leurs enfants
Juste parce qu’ils sont illégaux
Juste parce qu’ils sont illégaux
Parce qu’ils sont illégaux

ENGLISH

Mommy, mommy, mommy
Look at your son
You might have loved
But now I’ve got a gun
And now I’ve become a cop

Daddy, daddy, daddy,
Proud of your son
He got him a good job
Killing workers and indians
Now I’ve joined the National Guard
Now I’ve joined the National Guard

Afterboltxebike
Hate the police
The repressive arm
Of the bourgeoisie
We also hate the National Guard
We also hate ICE
We hate ICE

Donald, Donald.
Look at your kids
That arrest and separate
Families and their kids
Just because they’re illegal
Just because they’re illegal
Because they are illegal

Afterboltxebike – Marxist Agitiation EP

… out now  on almost all digital platforms, 7″ vinyl coming sooner than later …

Afterboltxebike : punk agitprop, anticapitalista, antifascista, antirracista de Nuevo León, México. 3 rolas de combat-core anticapitalista para la lucha de clases. Cantos sediciosos y gritos de unidad revolucionaria traídos por Discos Machete, Dure Réalité, Incendiario y Rebel Time Records.

Afterboltxebike: anti-capitalist, anti-fascist, anti-racist, agitprop punk from Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Three tracks of anti-capitalist, class-struggle combat-core. Seditious songs / revolutionary rallying cries. Brought to you by Discos Machete, Dure Realite, Incendiario and Rebel Time Records

Afterboltxebike: punk agitprop, anticapitaliste, antifasciste, antiraciste de l’état de Nuevo León au Mexique. 3 morceaux de combat-core anticapitaliste pour la lutte de clases. Chansons séditieuses et cris révolutionnaires offerts par Discos Machete, Dure Réalité, Incendiario et Rebel Time Records

Review ( in German and English ) from Underdog Fanzine:

Afterboltxebike sind eine Hardcore-Punkband aus San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexiko, die 2015 mit der Absicht gegründet wurde, kommunistische/marxistische Inhalte in einem rauen Sound zu betten. Der Bandname stammt von einem Lied der baskischen Punkband Kortatu (die ein explosives Gemisch aus Ska- und Punkelemente gebraut haben) und wird After Bolsheviks gesprochen. Sie vermitteln ihre Botschaft aber nicht nur über Musik, Marcos, Hugo und Diego beteiligen sich auch an verschiedenen politischen Initiativen.

Working Class und Hass auf die Polizei in simplen melodischen Strukturen, die knallen wie ein Molotow-Cocktail. Rau. Laut und schroffe Riffs, heiser-krakeelige Vocals und fertig ist die musikalische Version für eine visionäre bessere Welt, in der es nur eine Klasse, eine Einheit gibt, ohne Religion, Arm in Arm mit den workers of today!

3 Songs, die mit dunklen Klangfarben Eindruck schinden und in einem Sound ertönen, der geeignet ist für den Marsch der Working class revolution.

Afterboltxebike are a hardcore punk band from San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico, which was founded in 2015 with the intention of embedding communist / Marxist content in a raw sound. The band’s name comes from a song by the Basque punk band Kortatu (who brewed an explosive mixture of ska and punk elements) and is spoken after After Bolsheviks. They convey their message not only through music, Marcos, Hugo and Diego also participate in various political initiatives.

Working class and hatred of the police in simple melodic structures that pop like a Molotov cocktail. Rough. Loud and rugged riffs, hoarse-crackled vocals and the musical version is ready for a visionary better world in which there is only one class, one unit, without religion, arm in arm with the workers of today!

3 songs that make an impression with dark timbres and sound in a sound that is suitable for the march of the working class revolution.

 

Afterboltxebike – 3-Song EP Out Soon

In association with Incendiario Fanzine, Discos Machete, Dure Realitie and possibly one or two other like-minded labels, we’re happy to announce the forthcoming release of a 3-song EP from Afterboltxebike!

INCENDIARIO is a political hardcore punk and straight-edge zine from Mexico. You can read a fantastic article about the zine (and download PDFs of the first four issues of the zine at DIY Conspiracy.

DISCOS MACHETE is a new label out of Mexico . From their statement of purpose: “Machete Records is an independent label based in Mexico City. From our barricade we seek to support, promote and disseminate anti-authoritarian, anti-fascist and politically committed musical projects. Long live the sounds of the revolution!”

DURE REALITIE is:  “a self-managed and militant Montreal association that wishes to promote a revolutionary culture through artistic outlets. We believe that a label that shows clearly its political positions will support, promote and develop scenes where all forms of discrimination and reactionary ideas won’t be tolerated. Dure Réalité wishes to act as a bridge between Europe and North America. We will contribute to the exposure of local, national and international bands and collectives. The objective of this project is to offer logistical support to bands who wish to tour in Canada, the United-States and different European countries, as a support for the production of new material, musical promotion and diffusion for bands who are clearly antifascist, anticapitalist and/or feminist. Centered more particularly on punk, hardcore, skinhead, reggae, hip-hop and graffiti counter-cultures. Dure Réalité will offer its services for event organizing, distribution, promotion, musical production as well as a media platform.”

On the upcoming EP, you’ll get songs dealing with class consciousness, working class revolution and hating cops, ICE and the National Guard, all done up in Afterboltxebike’s inimitable style.

The band’s first Rebel Time Records release, the 8-song “No Pasaran” cassette was described thusly:

“Anti-capitalist, anti-fascist, anti-racist, and one hundred percent communist punk from Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The cover shows the band sitting in front of a table spread out with several classic punk records including Black Flag, Bad Religion, Operation Ivy, and Sick Of It All but their sound is more of the vein of street punk and at their toughest reminiscent of early Fucked Up. The lyrics are all in Spanish and are what you would expect from an anti-authoritarian band with subjects such as killing fascists, living in an exhausting working class society, and the importance of reading (“read to study, read to learn, read to liberate!”) As part of the proletariat, I identify with much of what they’re pissed about, particularly the lyrics in “No Pasaran”: “I’m sick of waking up at 4AM day after day, not to go running, not to eat, not even to watch TV… moonlighting not for fun but for necessity…” That’s me! Good stuff! –Juan Espinosa (Razorcake)

Here’s “De Que Lado Estas” from the “No Pasaran” cassette:

No tengo duda estoy convencido Que mis patrones son mis enemigos No aspiro a ser como uno de ellos Mi fuerza esta con los obreros Las cadenas que te tienen atado Están en tu cabeza, están en tus manos Nuestra trinchera te está esperando Nuestro camino está muy claro Revolución del proletariado Nuestro sendero está iluminado Por los comunistas que han luchado ¿De qué lado estas? ¿Del patrón o del proletariado?

I have no doubt, I am convinced That the bosses are my enemies I do not aspire to be like one of them My strength is with the workers The chains that have you tied They are in your head, they are in your hands Our struggle is waiting for you You are with the bosses or with the exploited ones Our way is very clear Revolution of the proletariat Our path is illuminated By the Communists who have fought What side are you on? Of the boss or the proletariat What side are you on?

New Afterboltxebike in 2020

… very stoked to be part of an upcoming release (along with one or two other like-minded labels) from Afterboltxebike … the band’s 2019 8-song cassette release “No Pasaran”( out on Rebel Time Records ) has been described as “anti-capitalist, anti-fascist, anti-racist, and one hundred percent communist punk from Nuevo Leon, Mexico” … we’re sure their upcoming 3-song ep will be more of the same … !

Afterboltxebike Cassette – Out Now!


As previously noted, we’ve been awaiting the arrival of the Afterboltxebike cassettes … well, the wait is over … tapes are in hand and we’re stoked! 8 tracks of anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-fascist punk rock …

Here’s a review of the cassette from Razorcake:

“Anti-capitalist, anti-fascist, anti-racist, and one hundred percent communist punk from Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The cover shows the band sitting in front of a table spread out with several classic punk records including Black Flag, Bad Religion, Operation Ivy, and Sick Of It All but their sound is more of the vein of street punk and at their toughest reminiscent of early Fucked Up. The lyrics are all in Spanish and are what you would expect from an anti-authoritarian band with subjects such as killing fascists, living in an exhausting working class society, and the importance of reading (“read to study, read to learn, read to liberate!”) As part of the proletariat, I identify with much of what they’re pissed about, particularly the lyrics in “No Pasaran”: “I’m sick of waking up at 4AM day after day, not to go running, not to eat, not even to watch TV… moonlighting not for fun but for necessity…” That’s me! Good stuff! –Juan Espinosa (Rebel Time)”

First came across this band ( from Monterrey, Mexico ) a couple of years ago … they’d released a couple of tunes via Youtube in 2016 and I serendipitously chanced upon them. Then got to chatting with Diego (the singer / guitarist) and the rest is history.

We were more than happy to host their 2018 8-song demo on our bandcamp page, and we’re happy to have been able to help ( in collaboration with Incendiario Zine ) to turn the demo into a re-mixed, re-mastered cassette.

The first song I ever heard from the band, « Pavlichenko » tells the story of famed Soviet sniper/nazi-hunter Liudmyla Mykhailivna Pavlychenko. In telling her story, Afterboltxebike also remind us that, in the struggle against fascism, we need to, figuratively and literally, constantly ‘adjust our sights and reload our weapons.’ The songs ends appropriately with a soundbite from Woody Guthrie’s song « Miss Pavilichenko » … « Fell by your gun, yes, Fell by your gun, For more than three hundred Nazis fell by your gun. »

The second song I heard, « De Que Lado Estas? » asks the simple, yet essential and all-important question, ‘Which Side Are You On?’ For Afterboltxebike, the answer (and the way / the path) is clear, you’re either with the bosses or with the oppressed and this band is on the side of the workers/the proletariat/the exploited. Afterboltxebike knows that class struggle is the motor of history.

Afterboltxebike Interview from OjoXOjo Zine

First came across this band ( from Monterrey, Mexico ) a couple of years ago … they’d released a couple of tunes via Youtube in 2016 and I serendipitously chanced upon them. Then got to chatting with Diego (the singer / guitarist) and the rest is history.

We were more than happy to host their 2018 8-song demo on our bandcamp page, and we’re happy to be working with the band to turn the demo into a cassette…

The first song I ever heard from the band, « Pavlichenko » tells the story of famed Soviet sniper/nazi-hunter Liudmyla Mykhailivna Pavlychenko. In telling her story, Afterboltxebike also remind us that, in the struggle against fascism, we need to, figuratively and literally, constantly ‘adjust our sights and reload our weapons.’ The songs ends appropriately with a soundbite from Woody Guthrie’s song « Miss Pavilichenko » … « Fell by your gun, yes, Fell by your gun, For more than three hundred Nazis fell by your gun. »

The second song I heard, « De Que Lado Estas? » asks the simple, yet essential and all-important question, ‘Which Side Are You On?’ For Afterboltxebike, the answer (and the way / the path) is clear, you’re either with the bosses or with the oppressed and this band is on the side of the workers/the proletariat/the exploited. Afterboltxebike knows that class struggle is the motor of history.

Anyhoo … what follows below is a ( bit of a rough) translation of an interview that Diego just did with  zine, No. 1, March 2019 out of Mexico City and done up by RASH-CDMX, dig it:

Afterboltxebike released their debut demo in mid-2018, and, I must say, I was pleasantly surprised while listening to this. Anti-fascist and anti-capitalist sounds, committed lyrics and a far-from-usual attitude.

Diego (guitar/vox) accepted our request for a small interview for the first issue of OjoXOjo. Support your scene!

 

Who are you?

We’re just people who seek to convey our ideas, opinions, hatred and admiration through music.

How did the band start?

It started with the idea of making political music and, after several rehearsals of songs that had been previously written, we started to write and we got some new ones. We started playing in Monterrey, we’ve organized several gigs with local groups and U.S. groups like Odd Man Out and No Time. In mid-2018 we played Guadalajara and Mexico City.

Afterboltxebike?

It is a clear and obvious reference to Kortatu ( political ska punk band from the Basque country. One of their songs is titled ” After-Boltxebike” ) but also a political statement about what we express in our songs, so that we can hardly be confused with a dodgy or right-wing group.

Musical influences?

Very varied, starting with Kortatu, Negative Approach, Opcio K95, Black Flag, Minor Threat, The Specials, Banda Bassoti, Nuclei Terco, and, something funny is that we all like Nirvana, and we almost always play a couple of covers, though one is really by The Vaselines.

How would you describe your music?

We don’t really have a definition of our music, we’ll leave that to those who listen to us, however, it is a mixture of punk, hardcore and oi!

But, more than just a ‘genre,’ we want to show our hatred of capitalism, against the repressive bad government, against the bosses, and this is expressed in a musical way.

So, you would consider the band to be political?

Definately yes. Afterboltxebike would have no reason to exist if it were not a band with political lyrics.

Communistas Unidos?

It is an organization that was born a few years ago because of the need to have a stronghold of struggle. Only one of the militants of Afterboltxebike is a member of this organization.

What is the scene like in Monterrey?

Very varied when it comes to bands and that’s a good thing. The bad thing is not many people always come out, possibly because of the insecurity that keeps hitting in Monterrey.

Greyzone?

Redzone, blackzone, antifa zone.

Projects?

We hope to very soon release a cassette that will be released with the help of Randy and Rebel Time Records out of Canada.

Anything to add?

Thanks very much for the interview.

As Afterboltxebike, through our music we seek to fight against capitalism and fascism. However, we know that this is not enough and that there is much to be done.  At some of our shows we distribute pamphlets which talk about fascism and anti-fascism, and we also produce a fanzine called Incendiario! as another way of getting the message out.


There is much to be done, not only among the people who go to shows, but in general. There is a class struggle out there that the bourgeoisie is winning because we who are organized as part of the anti-capitalist left are few. We need to be more and better organized, so as not to just be able to defend ourselves, but so that we can take the attack against the Right everywhere we can.

Afterboltxebike – Demo 2018

As noted below, 2018 may have been more of a Year Of Rectification And Regroupment, but that’s not to say we didn’t make some real advances .

While not a Rebel Time Records release, we were stoked to be able to present, ( with the band’s ok ) and as a free / pay-whatever-the-heck-you-want release, Afterboltxebike‘s 2018 demo … a fantastic antifascist and communist punk band from Nuevo León, México, with two members of Comunistas Unidos (United Communists).

Required listening for sure.

We first came across Afterboltxebike back in 2016 when the band released a couple of great tunes ( “Pavlichenko” and “De Que Lado Estas?” ). We got in touch with singer / guitarist Diego, did an interview with him, and the rest is history.