Big Island punk band El Sancho returns with a new song released today called “The Bloody Scar.” The song is available on Spotify, Bandcamp, and all streaming platforms, with a lyric video available on YouTube.
“The bloody scar is the racism that is so prevalent in our society but brushed under the carpet like it doesn’t exist,” says guitarist Alan Kasameyer. “It is a wound that stays infected and only gets worse no matter how many band-aids we try to cover it up with.”
Kasameyer says he started writing the song in 2018 as the “Alt-Right” movement became more mainstream but then shelved it. After the Jan 6th, 2021, attack on the nation’s capital, he pulled it back out and finished the song. “I took it to band practice the next day and said, ‘guys, we need to do this one.’”
The band recorded the song in their home studio, then mixed by veteran Bay Area punk engineer Craig Billmeier and mastered by Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney).
“The Bloody Scar” is the first El Sancho song to include new guitarist Greg Toliver, who moved to the Big Island from Oregon earlier this year. “I’ve known Greg for over 25 years,” says Nate Werneck, El Sancho’s bassist. “When he told me he was thinking of moving out here, I knew he’d be a great fit in the band. With two guitars, we are able to add a ton of dynamics to our live sound.” The band had started recording a new album before Toliver joined the band, but they decided to scrap it and start over so the whole band would be involved. They plan to release it later this year and have several live shows planned on the Big Island and Oahu to promote the new album.
Check out El Sancho with alternative rockers The 1201 at Laverne’s Sports Bar in Kailua-Kona Saturday, July 30th. El Sancho hits the stage at 7 pm, followed by The 1201 at 8:30 pm. The show is free, and all ages are welcome before 9 pm.
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