Formed nineteen years ago in their native Dominican Republic, La Armada is an acerbic hardcore quintet who gleefully smash together punk and metal while underpinning their sound with Afro-Caribbean influences. After kickstarting the hardcore scene in the DR, the band moved to the US – first Florida, and then Chicago – and recently debuted their new vocalist Casper Torres – featured on the recent Songs of the Exiled I: Chicago – all the while continuing to perfect their heinously sharp sound.
Self-ascribed as anti-fascist and focused on decolonization – traditional punk rock ethics – La Armada also refers to themselves as a ‘crossover band’; the punk and metal are always intertwined, however subtly, with their Caribbean influence. Now, in this global Top 10 feature, Casper, Paul, Luis, Mani, and Jonathan join us to highlight the Caribbean music that has influenced their sound. It’s not always at the surface of their music, but La Armada is undoubtedly indebted to their origins.