Margaritas Podridas
11. January 2023 By Walter Price 0

…Quién dijo que era fácil, MARGARITAS PODRIDAS No Quiero ser Madre

Margaritas Podridas No Quiero ser Madre is available on Bandcamp, Deezer, Tidal

Margaritas Podridas

by Walter Price

With chainsaw riffs, no-mistake dagger sharp lyrics and released during one of the most trying times for women’s reproductive rights, Mexico’s Margaritas Podridas’s recent single “No Quiero ser Madre” [I don’t want to be a mother] is a powderkeg anthem we can pump our fists in unison with.

On the band’s distributor’s website, bassist/vocalist Carolina Enriquez and guitarist/vocalist Esli Meuly say about the tracks, “It is a song about unwanted pregnancy, the thought of having an embryo developing inside you against your will, It is about being scared, and the feeling you’d get when you imagine it inside you, not being able to stop its growth right away, not knowing what to do, screaming, hoping it is a bad dream.”

No quiero ser
Madre por obligación
[I do not want to be
Mother by obligation]

No quiero ser madre
No quiero ser madre
No quiero ser madre
No, no
[I don’t want to be a mother
I don’t want to be a mother
I don’t want to be a mother
No, No

Quién dijo que era fácil
No les creas
[Who said it was easy
Do not believe them

While I couldn’t find any direct association this band has to any particular cause fighting anti-abortion legislation in the US or Mexico, I am reminded of this statement posted on the ACLU website:

What is Forced Pregnancy?

Laws that prevent people from making their own decisions about whether to continue a pregnancy or have an abortion amount to forced pregnancy. Outright abortion bans aren’t the only way to force a pregnancy — even when Roe v. Wade was still technically intact, laws pushed abortion out of reach across the country. Long-term consequences include:

  • Long-lasting health consequences as well as life-threatening complications like eclampsia (which can lead to seizures or comas) and postpartum hemorrhage
  • Increased levels of poverty for people turned away from the abortion care they need and an inability to cover basic needs like food, housing, and transportation
  • Ongoing contact with and violence from an abusive partner

Policies that force people to remain pregnant and give birth are unconscionable, cruel, and dangerous. Lives and futures are at stake.

If “No Quiero ser Madre” sparks the fire under just one person to join the urgent fight for our sisters, mothers, lovers, or neighbor’s rights to control their own bodies and to be or not to be pregnant as they choose…We all owe Margaritas Podridas and voices like theirs a huge fucking Thank You!

You can stream “No Quiero ser Madre”, here at the GTC.


Band photo by Kevin Luna

Performed by Margaritas Podridas

Mix and mastered by Jack Endino

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The Hermosillo, Mexico-based quartet Margaritas Podridas was born out of admiration for the underground rock landscape of the ‘90s, culling from the distortion-laden songwriting of the grunge scene, the scuzz-coated pop of shoegaze, and the noisy sojourns of that decade’s college rock’s guitar icons. Sonics aside, there’s a political streak and DIY ethic in Margaritas Podridas that recalls the confrontational idealism of their musical forebearers, evidenced in their underage scene-building efforts in their hometown, their negation of the English language despite their growing international fanbase, and their penchant for giving the middle finger to sexism in both the music industry and the broader world.” – Suicide Squeeze Records

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