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- Vocals: Lord Franci$cu$
- Guitar: David Santos
- Guitar: Harold Bosch
- Bass: William Medina
- Drums: Dougla' McKinnon
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La Vieja Guardia (Spanish for ‘The Old Guard’) is not the first hardcore band to emerge from the city of Miami, a city with a long and distinguished list of bands in the genre dating back to the late 80’s. They are the first hardcore band to emerge from this city with a true cultural expression of the Miami scene. The LVG have set themselves apart as such by fusing together the finer points of furious 90’s style hardcore with the lyrical point of view of the Miami Cuban. The gratuitous use of the ever so colorful Cuban Lexicon gives this band’s music a distinct feel amongst the rest of the Latin bands in the genre. Conceptually the band make connections between hardcore music’s unwritten codes of ethics and old world Hispanic values. The lyrics teeter on the brink between the philosophical and the utterly brutal while keeping it streetwise with heavy use of cult Cuban street lingo, which is famous among the Spanish peoples.
“Hardcore music is a very regional genre. Bands in this genre take great pride in representing their whereabouts and each scene has its own trademark sound” says the bands front man Frank. ”New York, L.A., Boston, all those cities have their bands that left imprints. But Miami has been a city with a long untold history of punk and hardcore with its own distinct flavor which the scene as a whole has yet to come across”.
Musically the LVG play aggressive old school (Olde Tyme) hardcore in the vein of classic groups like WarZone, Burn, Judge, and Leeway just to name some of the more noted influences; but the band also elaborates on the most energetic yet non-formulaic elements of the glorious pre-metalcore 90's. In this "revivalist" age of the hardcore scene many of the younger up and coming bands try to re-hash the classic hardcore sound too, some acquire some Old School credibility but seldom are able to truly capture the sound. The LVG is only channeling the music they were raised on in its purest form.
The band was formed when Frank (vocals), and Harold, (guitar), co-wrote and played on the Guajiro track "Delincuente" of their Material Subversivo release in 2007. They were all so happy with the result of the collaboration, that they decided to start a new project, and LVG was born. The band contains 2 members of Guajiro, Doug MacKinnon (Drums), and David Santos (Guitar).