New York City’s Otto’s Shrunken Head in the East Village was due to host a show this weekend featuring three bands that have direct connections and affiliations with the white power scene.Two of the bands, Veganza Tatuada and Combate 49 self identify as part of the Rock Against Communism music genre. But despite its name, this genre rarely focuses on the specific topic of anti-communism and instead has lyrics which typically feature nationalist, neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic, racist and other violent themes. Veganza Tatuada and Combate 49 are nationalist supporters of the Colombian death squads. They also have strong ties with a variety of neo-Nazi groups both in the United States and in Latin America, including Tercera Fuerza in Columbia, a neo-Nazi paramilitary organization.
Neo-Nazi literature, symbols and politics have a long history in Latin America. They are almost always connected to the death squads and military regimes that killed or caused the “disappearance” of hundreds of thousands of people throughout the continent. Hitler’s writings are all well-read, and the fascists who have read them are the same people who have erased entire towns off the face of the planet, run torture chambers, murdered unionists and tortured children.
The other band scheduled to play tomorrow night is First Strike, a band whose members are openly anti-communist and anti-anarchist, and ally themselves with more openly white supremacist bands with Odinist themes. And even though they claim not to be a political band, they clearly are a right wing one.
A few days ago, Anti Racist Action were able to successfully cancel the bands’ appearance at this venue. They put a call out for a phone jam to the venue, and thanks to a massive participation, it only took twenty four hours for Otto’s Shrunken head to pull the controversial bands out of the line up for tomorrow evening. The defeat is all the more poignant for Veganza Tatuada and Combate 49, seeing as this would have been their first show. Hopefully this will constitute a major setback in their attempt to spread their hate-filled, violent neo-Nazi and nationalist propaganda.
Here at Imagine2050, as part of our Turn It Down campaign against white power music, we are committed to turning down the sounds of hate, wherever they may be. In the fight against white power music, no victroy is too small.