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The ensemble of four first started off with drummer Phanie Fea, and singer Letty Fea, adding guitarist Aaron Feo and singer Letty later on
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Chicana punk rock, performed by mainly by Mexican American groups, has become very popular among youth.
The popular Chicana punk rock band FEA is coming to the Rio Grande Valley to play at Yerberia Cultura in McAllen, on Saturday, Dec. 10 as part as their 2016 FEA-Tour. The tour will include several cities in the states of Texas, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Idaho.
The ensemble of four first started off with drummer Phanie Fea, and singer Letty Fea, adding guitarist Aaron Feo and singer Letty later on. “Jenn and I used to play in a band called “Girl In A Coma,” says Phanie. “When the band took a break, we both decided to start a new project.”
The band has been touring throughout the United States and Canada for the past few years. For Phanie, it’s a dream come true: “Last year we went out with Babes In Toyland and Kristeen Young. This year, we are touring with Against Me and Agent Orange. We released our self-titled record in July and have been touring in support of that. It's been released by Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records. It’s been an amazing experience.”
Chicana punk rock, performed by mainly by Mexican American groups, has become very popular among youth. It is an underground style that has an independent and rebellious approach. But for Letty, she mainly writes about growing up Chicana in Texas, Mexican folklore, political issues, and things she’s dealt with as a female in society. “We have videos for a song called ‘Feminazi’ which deals with being a feminist without being against men; just being proud of who you are,” she says. “’Mujer Moderna’ also has a video which deals with the struggle of women in today’s times.”
For the group, playing in the Valley has always meant something special. “We have played in Harlingen, Brownsville and McAllen. We really enjoy being here and we always love to come back for more,” she says. “Letty also use to live down here. It's important to revisit your roots and play in the scene. One of the cool things is that it definitely has an amazing vibe.”
For the group, motivation is key to keep going. “So far touring and meeting people who have never heard of Chicana punk is an amazing experience. Showing people our culture is amazing.
For more information about FEA, and their tour dates please visit their webpage at: http://fea210.com
By Rolf Otto Niederstrasser