La Sangre y el Eco; by La Vida Bohème

Today, an exclusive: La Vida Bohème created this video as backup visuals for their live shows following their second, Grammy-winning album, Será. It's never been shown outside that context...until today. The piece was curated friend Armando Añez, also a Venezuelan musician, currently known as Recordatorio.  

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Será is an album we made in search of who we are.

Who am I?

I was born in 1988 and I was just six months old when the Caracazo erupted.

I have this memory. Not sure if it’s a real memory, or something my mind constructed from my family’s stories not to be left out during our sobremesas. It’s a vivid image of my mom, scared colorless, hiding me and my sister under the bed. That vignette has become a part of me. I recognize it as a part of myself.

El Caracazo is the part of me that sold populism to the hungry, and that shoots the protesters when the jig is up. The part of me that split a city in two: los que se salvaron y los que se jodieron.

It’s the end of the 4th Republic and the dawning of the 5th, born at the hands of Father Chávez.

It’s the dystopian Caribbean recipe to which my generation was condemned. Populism, hunger, violence, corruption, plomo, populism, hunger, violence, corruption, plomo, populism, hunger, violence, corruption, plomo. Our Russian roulette.

For me, every anniversary of the Caracazo is a reminder of a vicious cycle we have to defeat. The echo of guns shooting and the smell of blood on the streets. Something that was embedded in our brains at a very young age. A feature our government is making sure future generations will also have.

Un abrazo muy grande (del tamaño del Caribe).

[Editor’s note: Play it fuckin’ loud!]

*La Vida Bohème’s Será won the Latin Grammy for Best Rock Album in 2013.

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  1. I have a very strong memory of being completely mesmerized by this video [and the accompanying performance] in one of the launch concerts for Será (April 2013, if I recall correctly). It was lucky -I guess- that I was home for a visit exactly during those days. The video was on my mind for days, and I wondered if I would ever see it again. And here it is. Heh.

    Interesting how events like El Caracazo can mark a generation – even one that was too young then to remember it firsthand.

  2. “The part of me that split a city in two: los que se salvaron y los que se jodieron.”

    Great phrase. And more or less the rest of Venezuelan history after it is a prolonged fight to define who was who. Not to save everybody, but to be sure it was the Other who was fucked.

  3. Who the fuck is la Vida Boheme and why the fuck I had never heard such a fantastic band before? I left Venezuela in 2009 and missed them completely, a complete blind spot. My new favorite thing. Just downloaded, on Apple Music, Sera and Nuestra and plan to hear it all night and during my long run tomorrow. Thanks CC, thanks Emiliana. Wow.

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