I guess now is as good a time as any to announce that we will be filming a new video for our song “American Girl (Niña Americana)” which will be featured on our upcoming album. The filming will take place throughout the Sonoran Desert both in Tucson AZ and in Nogales SN. The idea is to film on the U.S/ Mexican border fence and throughout the entire area of Nogales as well as some spots in Tucson. But after much research and looking up for proper filming permits on the border (which don’t exist), we came to the conclusion that we are just going to try and film there either way. Sure there is a possibility that we might get kicked out or even searched and hassled by the border patrol but screw it! Sometimes you have to take risk.
The main bulk of the filming will take place throughout the month of March. However Edwin Cordova and I have already spent a few hours outside in the cold gathering scenic shots of our desert sunrise which will come in handy during the editing process of this video. We will be needing a lot of help from our friends to realize this project, so if you’re willing to help let us know. Check in next week for the next weekly update. Thanks!
This past weekend was an extraordinary one for lovers of independent music, especially those who love Rock en Español. We had the privilege of hosting the great and talented Elis Paprika and The Black Pilgrims (Guadalajara, MX) as they wrapped up their U.S/ Canada tour. We performed two nights together, first in Phoenix and the next day in Tucson. As fun as these shows were, they had their ups and downs. The venues we played were nice enough to help us host this event and Rockeros VIP (online radio with over a million followers) helped us promote it. Unfortunately, the general public isn’t really used to seeing independent Latin bands in Arizona anymore. A lot of people who frequent these Latin venues want to listen to the same boring 90’s Mana covers which we strive to break away from. There are new generations of Rock en Español bands that are not getting the acknowledgment and support that the bands in the 80’s and 90’s did (at least here in the states). Elis Paprika was very wise in pointing this out to me while we had a carne asada at my house before the show. She said, “It’s not the people’s fault they don’t know about new bands; the media has forced our genre of music to go underground again.” Elis used to be on a record label back when she started her career in music fourteen years ago. But in recent years, she has been fighting to keep touring, recording and doing what she does as an independent artist (she does very well for herself).
The first night, we made the mistake of having her headline. We opened up the show and by the time she and her band went up onstage, a lot of people began to leave. Which proved my point that the general public doesn’t have the patience to enjoy something they’ve never seen or heard before. This is really hurtful to our scene because it discourages venues from wanting to hire independent bands. It stops touring bands from wanting to play in Arizona. This also discourages younger artists from wanting to start a band and make music. But when you do what you love and love what you do, you have to fight to make sure you can keep doing it.
The next day in Tucson we did things a little differently. We had our friends from Nogales, AZ, Mono Sound, open up the event. Then Elis Paprika played and we headlined. This seemed to work out better for everyone. A lot of the people who came out to the show were there to see us and Mono Sound. Having Elis play second was just the cherry on top for everyone. The venue was pretty full and a lot of people I talked to really enjoyed Elis Paprika’s set.
So for those of you who did stick around for her set, we are eternally grateful and thank you for supporting independent artists! Hosting Elis Paprika was a blast and we will definitely be bringing her back over the summer. So, if you missed her set this time around, make sure to catch her later this year.
Eddie contemplating his vocal parts in the studio. We are one step closer to finishing our album!
During this week, the focus was for Eddie to record his back up vocals and leads. This was a really fun session to be at because we were able to work on new harmonies as well as improve the way we sang some of the songs live. Having the opportunity to hear yourself so well in the studio as opposed to being on stage really allows for a lot of creativity to take place. Eddie really showed off his talent with these tracks and poured so much into these songs. The songs are coming to life.
We are all really excited for this album to come to life and can't wait to share it with all of you! There are many surprises and projects in the works so stay tuned for our next weekly update.