Status/Non-Status – 1, 2, 3, 4, 500 Years EP [Streaming]

Today, Status/Non-Status (fka WHOOP-SZO) dropped their EP called 1, 2, 3, 4, 500 Years via You’ve Changed Records.
While the leading track Find a Home had a different sound with the experimental dream-rock vibe.
Things get loud, heavy and angry with Genocidio and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.
This should be looking up for the newly named band this year and beyond.

About the EP:
Set to the resonance of an unearthed whistle in the Jalisco province of Guadalajara, Mexico.

While the plastic grocery bag that housed these ancient artifacts would suggest otherwise, we could not in a good way nor in superstition employ such a spiritual apparatus that had been gifted many centuries ago to the lands we were visiting. The cracked and phallic fragments accompanying the whistles were other worldly in their own right, sitting atop a dresser turned Altar by our guide Alvaro Moreno in his tiny apartment upon our arrival; some cannabis, an old band photo, a favourite record, and a bag of clay objects older than anything we’d ever touched.

For two weeks, the band held up in a van and studio before finally being guided to the original home place known now as Guatchimontones to deliberate our own place within the mess of time. Life is messy but on paper it all looked so real and yes, a circular pyramid (La Iguana) on the foothills of deities, community and freshwater was where we in fact stood. That was real, but only in that today it resembles a pillaged and half assed attempt at honouring a long forgotten and desecrated people. That story doesn’t belong to us, but we wanted to ensure that we could come pay our respects and learn about the place we travelled.

As our guide Alvaro walked us, drove us and educated us of his life and city, we ourselves felt like the Lost Ones. Children, not warriors, unaware of every crack at our feet and every hole in our understanding. Unlike that of the local artists, professors and activists, silenced and disappeared from the walls of their own institutions.

Generally a safe city; divided in half by class, colour, and an old river turned stink pipe; staying, wandering through the streets and monuments like the strip malls and theme parks of our Canadian youth. New parents calling home to loved and little ones.

And so after 500 years……
For what?

1, 2, 3, 4, 500 Years gets:
/10.

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