CD Why Are We Destroying Ourselves? (CD 348274),
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Why Are We Destroying Ourselves?

  • 1. End Times, The
    2. Again and Again
    3. No Time for Learning
    4. Life's Story, A
    5. If I Knew Then...
    6. Faith
    7. Injusticia Inhumana
    8. No Way Out
    9. Sobre Vivir
    10. Why Are We Destroying Ourselves?
    11. Frustrated
    12. Camino a la Soledad
    13. No More Ideas
    14. Never Connected
    15. Why
    16. Virtual Everafter
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 86544

  • Credits
    ProducerJos Mercado; Michael Rosen; Union 13
    EngineerMichael Rosen

    Personnel: Jos Mercado (vocals, guitar); Edward Escoto (vocals); Ben Sandoval (guitar, background vocals); Louie Villareal (drums, background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Michael Rosen .
    Recording information: G-Son (06/04/1998-06/15/1998).
    Photographer: Kristin Vanderlip.
    Because Union 13's lead singer, Edward Escoto, sings so fast, it isn't always easy to understand the lyrics coming out of his mouth. You can appreciate the urgency and passion of Why Are We Destroying Ourselves?, the Latino punk band's second album, even if you can't always comprehend the lyrics. But this CD thankfully contains a lyric sheet, and anyone who reads the lyrics of the songs (some in English, some in Spanish) will realize that Union 13's members have a lot on their minds. This often thought-provoking effort has strong sociopolitical leanings and isn't without its share of anger -- Escoto doesn't hesitate to speak out against the poverty, violence, and oppressive conditions that he has seen in the barrio of East L.A. But anger isn't the only element in Union 13's material, which draws on such influences as Bad Religion, Black Flag, and the Subhumans -- many of the songs on this disc have a reflective quality and find Escoto trying to make some sense of the world around him. Not a perfect album but an often inspired and urgent one, Why Are We Destroying Ourselves? served as another reminder of the band's considerable potential. ~ Alex Henderson

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