What makes Very Be Careful's style a bit separate from cumbia is its particularly stripped-down instrumentation. On "La Abeja," for example, the band only uses an accordion, a guacharaca (a stick-like percussion instrument), a campana (a bell of sorts), a bass guitar, and a caja vellanata (a small drum). The result certainly sounds as if it comes from another place and time, but that's part of Very Be Careful's allure; the band is something of an anomaly coming from the patently contemporary Southern California music scene. Make sure not to miss Very Be Careful's international sounds when they play The Rickshaw Stop tomorrow, July 15 with Franco Nero, Intl Freakout DJs, and more.
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