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Cholo Goth pioneers Prayers comes to Strummer’s

San Diego band Prayers are pioneers of Cholo Goth. The duo plays Friday, Oct. 16, at Strummer’s.
San Diego band Prayers are pioneers of Cholo Goth. The duo plays Friday, Oct. 16, at Strummer’s. Special to The Bee

Cholo Goth is a thing, thanks mostly to Leafar Seyer and Dave Parley, the San Diego-based duo known as Prayers.

In just one year, the pair has gotten serious hype for pioneering a musical genre that mixes gang- and street-life lyrics with ’80s style synthesized electronica a la Bauhaus or Depeche Mode (or Pet Shop Boys and David Bowie).

Much of the Prayers’ lyrical content (and aesthetic) is thanks to Seyer (real name Rafael Reyes), a Mexican immigrant (and two-strike offender) who grew up as member of the Sherman Heights Grant Park 27 gang before being reformed – partly thanks to his passion for music.

Prayers’ latest album, “Young Gods,” was produced by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The duo plays an all-ages show at Strummers, with Fresno electro-synth pop duo Personal Computer.

Joshua Tehee: 559-441-6479, @joshuatehee

Prayers

  • 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16
  • Strummer’s, 833 E. Fern Ave.
  • $13-$15, all ages
  • 559-485-5356, www.strummersclub.com
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