These are mostly modern rock songs sung by badass women. You'll see mostly new songs. (Saving those old school rock n' roll women pioneers for another recommendation list). Women are equally talented and should be treated the same in the music industry however that is not the case. The best explanation I have read for this is in the zine CAN YOU DEAL? Below are some great ROCK songs in English by women ( I am aware there is plenty in other languages). Check em out:
Much more coming on another suggestion list!!
This band is made up of Sergio Hernandez (guitar), Daniel Corpus (vocals), Angel (bass), and Omar (drums). Their biggest singles right now is Caballo de Mar and Quetzal. These very enthusiastic chicos make up the band Flamél and they consider themselves a band from El Paso that plays space rock. Not everyone sees it that way because people compare them to a wide variety of musicians and bands. They are all from El Paso, Texas yet the band plays music in Spanish and what happens is that it creates some sort of identity "crisis". They will play shows in El Paso yet be considered the band from Juarez and vice-versa. However, this doesn't stop the guys from wanting to play what they want and instead they want to defy standards.
Flamél was started by Daniel and Angel in 2013 when they grabbed some inspiration for the band's name from the French Alchemist, Nicolas Flamel, which was the first to discover the philosopher's stone. Angel mentioned, "We are together but not mixed up. Flamél is a little bit of everything and that is why we identify with the philosopher's stone. We all listen to different styles of music, so this all has to do with how we go about and make it."
The vast variety of each of these musicians help incorporate the style that is Flamél. The musical taste for these guys range from rock in Spanish to reggae to indie. This gives it a unique flare to the band. I asked the guys who their music influences were for the band and they responded with, "Caifanes has been our biggest influence. We'd say we are a mix of Caifanes and Porter, but some people say we are like the bastard child of The Strokes and Zoé." The way Sergio put it was "Somos el hijo del lechero."
Flamél played at the battle of the bands, round 1 for the Juarez Music Fest and they also played at Neon Desert Music Festival. These guys have a lot of stuff going on, that future projects are inevitable. Angel mentioned that they are going to start making singles and release videos for them. They had actually not contemplated playing at festivals, but it happens. They plan on releasing "one single every six months" and hope to record it at Sonic Ranch.
I asked Angel and Sergio what songs they recommend to their fans (which also represent the band) and they said:
1. Miercoles de Cenizas- Caifanes
2. Murcielago -Porter
3. Let it happen- Tame Impala
4. Popscuro- Clubz
5. La Luna -Little Jesus
Their first album, Flamél vol. 1 is available on all media platforms.
Go follow them on Instagram: flamel_mx
Thank you guys! Best luck and can't wait for all the new singles!
A quiet and shy fellow, but well known within the community. He works for Barrio Skateshop, and DJ's some nights. A very versatile man. His name is John Reyes. He started around the year 2008 when he was just in the 8th grade. That's when he found his love for electronic music.
He recalls being in school, mostly under the radar "unpopular" as he phrases it, and he would see these so-called "revelers". John thought to himself, "why not be the person to provide music for them?"
From there he started watching tv shows like Border Nights which was basically a tv show based on the party scene in Juarez and some other places. From that tv show, the idea of getting a dj name stemmed. Another tv show that influenced his life was one on Tele-hit called Electronic meeting point which was about partying all over the world like Ibiza. He smiled as he thinks back on those memories.
Even, as a young lad he was ready to party or at least have a good time. His years in high school consisted of wanting to finish his tests earlier so he could go on the computer and start surfing the web. However, one day he found an app on the computer where he could remix music and there is where he found what he loved. He started downloading electronic music, remixed it and showed it to his friends. They encouraged him to keep going.
It wasn't until 2013 that he really took off, after the violence in Juarez went down. His first show was at Prestige and after that it just took off. He is one of the few dj's that still uses CD's and not a usb like other dj's. Very different compared to the norm within today's electronic scene. Something he wanted to add was how much he looks up to Richie Hawtin.
You can follow ad reach out to him on Instagram: John12mago
Who is Nico and the Silent Films? Again, a local band with influences ranging from surfer rock to jazz has been quickly gaining popularity around the city of El Paso. They are ready to kick off their summer tour on the 4th of July at Lowbrow Palace!! If you have a chance, I would go check them out! Very talented at such a young age! Last time I spoke with them, they had just won battle of the bands and they have been really busy ever since. The guys even opened for bands like Deer hunter and The Lemon Twigs! The band is composed of; Aj (guitar, singer), Fernando (guitar), Derek (drums), and Steven (bass). Here is what they had to say:
After battle of the bands, is there any projects in the near future? A CD maybe?
Derek: "Right now we are busy with different works and shows that we have not had the time for it, but definitely in the near future. We are waiting because of Neon Desert and the tour, but after that we will start recording. We are mainly playing what you guys hear at Lowbrow."
Talking about the stuff we hear at Lowbrow, I bought one of your CD's tell me about the three tracks on there. What are the names?
Aj: "Cruel Curse, Naturalized Vinegar, and Le Voyage de Lune."
Are the songs based on reality or fiction? It's always interesting how loosely based on reality a song is or whether it is completely made up.
Aj: "It is a little bit of both for sure. It's more an interpretation of a situation."
Has living on the border influenced your music in any way?
Aj: "We were all brought up pretty Mexican. It has definitely influenced it. Some of our songs talk about the desert and the sun."
Fernando: "I listen to a lot of Spanish music and it's what I like and it might influence our music as well,"
Derek: "I think it influences us without even knowing it."
What has been your favorite show to open for?
Aj: "Deerhunter. Everyone was vibing and we sounded good."
How does it differ to prepare for a Festival than it does for a smaller show?
Derek: "We treat it like any other show, so we don't get nervous. We are excited for the festival. For now we are playing the stuff you guys would hear at Lowbrow, but in the future it will come for sure."
Is there anybody your really excited to see at Neon?
Aj: "Ty Segall!.... Nelly. I've heard Frontera Bugalu is good."
Derek: "I'm down to check out Logic."
The guys want everyone to know that an EP is soon to come and they are always working on new material. The tour will be within Texas. The guys are excited to play at Austin and they welcome anybody to go and see them.
Follow them on Twitter and Instagram under: Nicosilentfilms
P.S. cool fact about these guys is that they own fat pets. Be sure to be on the look out for tour dates coming soon!
These guys are pretty cool if you ask me. Did I mention that they are playing at the Neon Desert Music Festival this year? No? Well I suggest that you stop by and see these guys play while you are there. Volta is a local band from El Paso! The band is made up of: Ivan Gonzalez (guitarist and singer), Charly de Haro (guitarist), Ricardo Barrios (Bass), and Ricardo Rivera (drums). Volta mainly plays rock but they are slowly moving toward classic rock n roll in the next phase of their music material. "Sex, drugs, rock n' roll " themes. Woo-hoo! Check out what they had to say:
First of all, why is your band's name Volta? Many people wonder considering a famous band from El Paso also has Volta in the band's name.
Ivan: "When we chose the band's name we went through a list of potential names and that was one of them. We all decided it was a good name for the band. We never thought of The Mars Volta when we chose the name. Our music is very different from theirs. Volta means "to come back" and at that time we were playing with old bands and that's how it came to be."
Do guys identify yourself from El Paso or Juarez?
Ivan: "We consider ourself to be from El Paso. Some of us our from Juarez, but we mostly see ourselves from here."
Also what genre do you guys categorize yourself under?
Ivan: "We started out as pop-rock/alternative, but now we are changing our sound and it's going to be a lot more rock n' roll. Something new to this scene."
Tell me about your original material thus far and also on your future material.
Ivan: " We have an EP so far with five songs on it. We are currently deciding what songs we want to go record at Sonic Ranch in order to go record our new stuff."
Do you have a theme for this up-coming EP?
Ivan: "It might sound raunchy, but we really want that rock n'roll theme. Sex, nightlife, rock, women and all of the above. We see women everywhere we go, might as well write about our experiences."
What are your musical influences?
Ricardo: "We all have influences from everywhere. None of us have the same music taste. That's what makes it better."
You can look up the guys on:
The guys are really excited about Neon Desert! Go check them out! Thanks guys!
Vox Nova is a band from El Paso. They are great guys. Very friendly and outgoing and it shows how much they love to play. They mostly do cover work for now, but they are planning to one day release original material. I will not lie, have gone up there to sing with them especially for covers of rock songs (picture below). Hire them for your next event!!! Here it goes:
What are the group members names?
D: "Jazi Galindo, Daniel de la Mora, and Cesar Romero."
Why that band name?
D: "Vox nova mens "new voice" and it just stuck with us. "
Your specialty covers?
D: "Any songs from Timbiriche to Metallica and anything in between."
What type of music do you guys like to play?
Jazi: classic rock
The name of your original material thus far?
J: "Lost my soul, electronoid, second dimension of love, and party town are some of the names of our original songs."
On facebook "Vox Nova" and by phone or text 9154337914
You might think Medvedi? What is that? Well, it is a badass group of guys from El Paso that make cool music. I saw them once at the Lowbrow Palace and all I can say is: I loved it and they don't disappoint. To anyone that has not heard them yet, I recommend that you give these dudes a listen. When I first heard them I thought: Cali surf punk, but who fucking cares about labels you go decide it for yourself. I recently interviewed these guys. They are very funny guys and it is clear that the band's chemistry is "on-point" as the kids say nowadays. The band members consist of: Ben Balusek (vocals and guitar), Ernie Carillo (drums), Chris Odom (bass), and Andy Chavez (guitar). However, when I asked them, they had different names for each other, as Ernie put it: Carl, El Chingo, Verizon, and Ernesto. I'm pretty sure if you see them out and about, you should still refer to them by their normal names.
You guys have two EP's so far tell me more about your newest material.
Ben: "We actually have more than two EP's, it's just not online yet. We recorded it at Ernie's house for "Short and Sweet Records". This new album we made was with Bug. Thus the Bug/Medvedi split. We still have newer material to put out there. Half this material is from like a year ago."
Is there a theme or an idea behind your material?
Ben: "Medvedi has always been stuff I wrote, just played with different people. These guys just make it different. It is very organic."
What genre would you consider yourself?
Ben: "Punk, post-punk, indie and so on. Every time we play, people tell me something different. Some people say emo, surf band, and others say folk."
Ernie: "We have different bands so we sometimes influence each other."
How long have you guys been playing together?
Ben: "We have been playing this line-up for over a year now, but I've known Chris since I was 15. I've known Andy forever and Ernie and I have been playing for a while now."
Ben: "I'm mostly Czech, so I wanted something in another language. I love bears and Medvedi means bear in Czech. It works out."
Any tour dates?
Ben: "We are planning to travel throughout the U.S. and that includes mostly the east coast and west coast."
Anything you would like to say?
Chris: "I'm really sad right now. Just kidding. I played in Medvedi a while back when it was only Ben and his wife. We stopped for a while, moved out of El Paso and then we moved back and we began again. I used to play guitar and now I play bass. Andy and Ernie came in later and it worked out. The vibes were right. We each write our own parts and it has been working so far. It's s great. On a side note, most of us are playing instruments that we were not always comfortable with."
Andy: "Ben had asked me to play with them during a band practice one day and I liked it, so I joined the band. Wanted to socialize and play video games."
Thanks guys! Check them out!
Lyryca Band considers itself from both sides of the border. I met up with Lyryca or should I say "one man band" this week and we talked about Lyryca's upcoming projects. Pato Garcia , lead singer and man behind it all, just released a new EP "Still Alive", which I will share links to later on.
Lyryca stated off as a one man band and Pato had to find musicians because Lyryca may or may not be part of the Extreme tour this year.
Permanent member and creator of the band is Pato Garcia (vocals,guitar) with temporary member comprising of: Felipe Flores (bass), Alan Flores (guitar), Ricardo Flores (drums). Lyryca hopes a producer that might be interested in them and see their potential.
Musical Influences of the band includes : Incubus, Franz Ferdinand, Muse, and New Order.
This new EP includes songs about love and being friend zoned. Good content.
You can check the band out under the links below:
"Music has been with me all my life." - Carla Riojas
Carla Riojas is a very talented solo artist here in the "frontera". Her soft voice is unique and pairs very well when she plays her acoustic guitar. That being said, it is no surprise that she will open for the world-wide known band (and one of my favorites) Jarabe de Palo next week at their show. Carla's and Jarabe's music go hand in hand and if you give it a listen and like it, then I urge you to go see them next week show at Tricky Falls. This will be a very special event, so I asked Carla a few questions regarding that and some other things about her upcoming material.
So, tell me about your new single Motivos and your new album.
"Motivos is the new single of my new CD. It will include 10 songs, but I can't really say much about it right now, It will come out later this year. I have not released anything since 2012 and I was fortunate to work with Manuel Calderon of The Chamanas. He knew exactly what I wanted for my new sound."
What is music for you?
" Music has been a partner for me. My parents had vinyls when I was growing up and I would listen to Alaska, Luis Miguel, Flans, Rafael and so on. Music is in everything. It is necessary for any human being. What I focus on in my new CD is a vintage yet modern sound. It is necessary to enjoy the good parts of what make music and the music industry."
What do you think about the border? (El Paso/Juarez)
" What makes the border different is the people and their personalities. The border is full of people from all over the world with two very prominent cultures being Mexican and American. It is very unique and people here on the border are more tolerable of certain things."
On another note, if you could make a playlist of 5 songs, which would they be?
Talking about playlists, do you have a routine you do before a concert?
" My pump up song is It's No Good by Depeche Mode and I do some breathing exercises to help me calm down before a show because I really absorb people's energies."
How do you feel about playing with Jarabe de Palo?
"It is a special moment for Jarabe especially with Pau's (singer) condition. This band has been a part of me since my teenage years. Bonito is one of my favorite songs by them. Their songs can be a sad song yet bring such a special message within it. This concert will be intimate and special."
Side note: Carla would like for everyone to embrace her new CD and give it a listen when it comes out. It is very different. As mentioned, Manuel alongside her management did a great job. She is very proud of this project.
Thank you Carla and if you want to follow her on Facebook and Instagram it is under Carla Riojas.
"I think that everybody in the world should have the right to travel anywhere they want at once in their life." - Hector Quintana
Hector Quintana is the percussionist and vocalist for the band Maná. Hector has been with Maná since 2007 and that's actually the amount of years I've known him myself. Hector brings a huge amount energy on stage especially now where he does Nicky Jam's part for the song De Los Pies A La Cabeza's new version. His vocals are always on point and he's always had a presence on stage no matter if he is singing or playing different instruments towards the back of the stage during a concert. The following interview happened via FaceTime because Maná is still on tour and he is currently doing his own tour as well.
So, tell me about your CD Present Perfecto and what inspired it?
"Presente Perfecto is my first project as a solo artist. I started with Maná in 2007 and I barely made Presente Perfecto in 2014. It was long process. I made this CD with the intent of people hearing my message through my music. What interests me is what I can do with my music and how far I can go."
How many instruments do you play and how long have you been playing them for?
"I am a percussionist and vocalist for Maná as mentioned and I also play the guitar and the bass. I am a multi instrumentalist. It takes a lot of work especially for such a big band."
What is the difference between touring with Maná and just touring by yourself?
"It is very different because Maná is what is considered a big league band and there is so much production and discipline that goes behind that. I have learned that publics are very different in different places and there is always a different ambience that pumps you up differently."
What has been the best places you have visited?
"The best places I have visited is La Patagonia in Argentina and it is just majestic. The food in South America is wonderful. Spain is incredible too. I feel like people should be able to experience this at least once in their life,"
What is the message are you trying to transmit through your music?
"I want for people to listen to the melody, the rhythm , and the lyrics. I just want people to feel a connection with it."
Well on another note, you've been here at the border. What do you think? Any political tensions?
"The border is nice. The only tensions we have felt since the election has been in Pheonix with people protesting because we support immigrant rights."
Ok, to finish off how do you prepare for one of your concerts,
"I try to be at the city i'm playing in several days before and practice with the band and prepare as much as possible."
You can add Hector Quintana on Facebook and Instagram under that same user name and contact him through there, especially if you are interested in him playing a show..
A big thanks to Hector for doing this.