Piñata Protest is actually pretty epic. Let’s start from the top; as a concept they’re a punk band. But they’ve fused their NOFX/Guttermouth sound and instrumentation with the traditional song structures of Mexico. Think Dropkick Murphys but instead of being from Boston, they’re from San Antonio. Following? In its most basic form, the mid-’90s early-’00s pop-punk formula is intact and this band could have easily signed with a label like Fat Wreck Chords in its heyday.
Guitars buddy up right next to accordions and lyrical content is basically split between English and Spanish. Piñata Protest is definitely doing something new here. Yes, their overall image and sound is incredibly kitsch, but they never sacrifice sound for gimmick. At times, the accordion seems over-the-top, but at the end of the day the songwriting is on point with peers in their genre.
Piñata Protest could be the next big direct support act on the mid-tier punk scene.