I am a Mexican-American gal who rebelled against her parents’ Mariachi and Banda music by listening to emo and punk music, yet part of me finds refuge in rock music sung in Spanish. It’s as though all the parts of me that are proud of my culture and heritage and all the parts that just want to keep rebelling find peace in music that allows me to be both: a proud Chicana rebel. Puerto Rican garage rocker AJ Davila’s music has always given me this peace. From Davila 666 to AJ Davila y Terror Amor to his solo stuff, the rough and catchy rhythm mixed with the Spanish lyrics just allowed me to feel all right. I felt I was not alone in my rebellion, that out there in the world there’s probably other folks that got made fun of and scolded by their overly religious Latin family for wearing so much black.
Davila 666 may be on a hiatus, but not AJ. AJ Davila is still going – making perfectly reckless music that is both sweet and dirty. His debut solo album, Terror Amor, was released via Nacional Records in 2014, featuring collaborations with Cole Alexander of The Black Lips, Sergio Rotman of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Fofe Abreu of Circo, and Davila 666 bandmate Johnny Otis Davila. In the same year he released a second album called Beibi via Burger Records. AJ Davila is not someone to doubt or to miss, and AJ Davila Y Terror Amor are going to be at The Chapel THIS SUNDAY. Not only are they gonna be there, but local locos Apaché and the not local, but probably loco, Miami band Plastic Pinks are opening.