Proper. are a punk trio from Brooklyn, all of whom identify as Black and queer. They create punk rock with an emo slice to it. “Huerta” is their latest single from their new album and it explores the lead singer Erik’s relationship with his ancestry. The lyrics are fascinating as it explores all different possibilities and what-ifs.
Erik says “We’re coming up on our third album and I realized I hadn’t written about my Mexican heritage at all. My grandfather immigrated to the US in the 50s but died before I was born, cutting off the only tie my family has to Mexico. I grew up romanticizing it and it wasn’t until I was older when my mom and her siblings spoke out about their dad without the filter one uses when speaking around children, that I began to critically examine what heritage and lineage meant. ‘Huerta’ is about looking at the least travelled part of your personality and daydreaming about the possibility.”
Exploring the current experiences as Black and queer people, Proper.’s album “The Great American Novel” came out yesterday. It is a concept album about how Black genius goes ignored, gets contested or snuffed out before it can blossom. Enjoy the captivating “Huerta” below.
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