One can imagine the challenges that could go into being a punk band in Cuba. Arrabio’s gone through them, up to and including just touring around their home country, as Drew McIntosh of Solidarity Rock, a group partnering with the band, explains.
“It was half of what we were doing every day that was mind blowing to me, you know,” he told the Oral History Centre. “Trying to wrestle up a ride from Santa Clara to Havana in the streets in the morning. You know, you’re going off in three groups and trying to find the best option and meeting back up to report and figuring out if it’s going to be dump truck, bus or two cars, you know.”
The band’s kept at it, and is now returning to Canada. In the past, the group recorded their most recent album, Hecho en Trinidad, in our country with producer Jesse Gander, who’s worked with acts like White Lung and Bison.
Arrabio are in the Club on Wednesday, October 7 with Adictox, Tomorrow Starts Today, and Ballot Burner. $10 at the door. All ages and licensed.