The Postal Service announced that its Lollapalooza shows— one at the festival and one at an after party— would it be its last.  That’s unfortunate news if you weren’t able to catch the band on its string of tour dates throughout the past year (they were surprisingly good live), but probably for the best considering they didn’t seem to have plans to record any new material.

Desaparecidos, however, shows no signs of slowing down.  Desaparecidos is another early-2000s one-album group with a frontman from a well-known band (Conor Oberst from Bright Eyes in this case, Benjamin Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie in the case of the Postal Service).  Unlike the Postal Service, however, the band has been trickling out new material since they reunited.  That’s likely due to the politically-charged nature of the band.  Political issues change, and we need people to sing about those new issues.  And Desaparecidos is good at setting political lyrics to catchy songs.

The band recently released two new tracks, one entitled “Te Amo Camila Vallejo” and the other entitled “The Underground Man.”  The first refers to the real-life Camila Vallejo, a young Chilean activist.  The song’s Spanish-language title and lyrics about Latin American politics are nothing new for Conor Oberst or Desaparecidos (which I guess might be somewhat obvious based on the band’s name), and the song embodies the emo-punk fury of previous efforts.

“The Underground Man” is the shorter, angrier, less-optimistic B-side to “Te Amo Camila Vallejo,” likely so angry because it focuses on politics within Oberst’s native United States.  The song decries the military’s influence on forcing its soldiers to be overly patriotic to the government’s cause, and it denounces military “news” as “propaganda,” among other claims.  Both tracks are relevant to this particular period of history, and both are worthy of a listen or two.  You can stream the songs and/or order them here.

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