We can’t lie. We were hooked when we first heard the debut Spanish language single Trajinero from LA-based power-pop outfit JENNY. Since then, the track has been on heavy rotation here at The iM. Today, we get to share the song premiere (and video) with you.
Trajinero is the brainchild of Justin Maurer (Clorox Girls / Suspect Parts / Maniac) and features help from friends Jacobo Fernandez and Gabriel Lopez. The music video was animated by Miguel Jara and Celestial Brizuela at Estudio Pneuma in Mexico City, earlier this year.
The idea for the song was conceived during Maurer’s visit to the Mexican capital in November of last year. He, along with Fernandez, and his girlfriend Corey were enjoying a Sunday afternoon boat ride in the swamps of Xochimilco, where Maurer was fascinated by the rough and tumble trajineros (Spanish for boat rower) who expertly manned their hand-painted gondolas in the canals.
Over a bottle of ice-cold Don Julio Blanco, Maurer and Fernandez envisioned a plot where a lovelorn working-class trajinero must commit crimes to keep his upper-middle-class ‘fresa’ girlfriend happy.
“Loosely based on the plot of Emilio “El Indio” Fernández 1943 film Maria Candelaria, our protagonist commits a crime of passion and ends up in jail. He makes a plea to himself for his own happiness and survival, a passionate cry of “Ni Carcel/Ni Ella/Ni Nerds” which translates to “Not jail, not her, not nerds.”
Now that we have your attention, watch the beautifully animated video in the embed below, and be sure to hit up their socials for more. While you’re at it, check out the b-side Kids Of Today featuring members of L.A. Drugz. And, you can grab a 7-inch copy of both songs via Dirt Cult Records. Trust us when we say … you’ll be glad you did.
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