Since the dawn of time, people have thrived on taking advantage of the weak and vulnerable, resulting in temporary and fleeting power for the perpetrators of these sordid acts and fueling the sense of malaise that affects so many people around the globe today.
KILLER CORTEZ – guitarist Socrates Cruz and drummer Peter Bartash – explore this isolation, alienation, displacement, and disenfranchisement in their new album, Maquiladora. Formerly two-thirds of the Boston-based progressive rock band Moniker, Cruz and Bartash take on some of the most exploitative events of the 20th century, offering commentaries on everything from the “Radium Girls” – a group of women who 100 years ago contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint at a New Jersey factory – to the infamous “Villa Grimaldi” – the sprawling estate where USA-backed Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet interrogated, tortured and, in some cases, “disappeared” more than 4,500 of his political opponents in the mid-1970s.
With these "mini documentaries" KILLER CORTEZ asks its listeners to reflect on today's world by taking a glimpse into the not-so-distant past, warning us just how easy it is for history to repeat itself. At the heart of each song is the reminder that because history is written by the winners, we must remember not to overlook the stories of the oppressed.