Eight albums, many shows, and thousands of loving and dedicated fans are all attributed to La Gusana Ciega. La Gusana Ciega is "considered one of the most prolific groups in the history of Mexico, with a collection of many songs and stories that have traveled through the band's career of over more than 20 years." There is no doubt as to the lasting impact this band has had and continues to have on the music scene.
As this never-stopping band continues to thrive, they also continue to tour. As of this moment they are doing the "Borregos en la Niebla" tour. The band also released a new video to their single, "Pasiflorine", in which they teamed up with a foundation that helps women. It is always refreshing when bands team up with foundations that cover topics like domestic violence and abusive relationships amongst other things. Often times, topics like these get overshadowed by others.
Last week I got to talk to Lu, bassist of La Gusana Ciega, to discuss the band's latest project and current tour. As a band that is playing back-to-back shows, it makes it hard for them to explore the cities they play in, but they always manage to grab a bite from a local place or go shopping if possible.
As part of the interview Lu and I discussed the general evolution of the music industry and the major changes it has had for the better or for the worse. As a positive, he mentioned that there is "more contact with the fans". He also added that with "more power comes more responsibility". Once again referring to social media.
Besides also covering the fact that they once opened Lenny Kravitz, we went on to discussing their single "Pasiflorine" and the very important message behind it. Lu said that"the origin of the song, including lyrics comes from Daniel. "It's a powerful song." It reflects man and these horrible tendencies. "We (as the band) do not sympathize with violence." He also added that the director of the video heard the single a year prior to making the video and he always had this idea for it, including teaming up with this foundation known as Fundación Origen (www.origenac.org).
Overall, the band is super grateful for tall the fans that have stuck with them throughout the years and they hope that they keep tuning in. Join them next week as they head to the Sin City and the Sun City!
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Once again, all the way from Monterrey, Mexico hails this indie-rock/dream-pop band: Bilbao. This band is made up of four talented young fellas: Abdiel Alonso Torres Hernandez (guitarist), Aarón Eusebio Lozano (vocalist), Carlos Ariel Lozano (drums), Álex Iván Hernández Salazar (bass and back-up vocals), and the recently added keyboardist: Alejandro Cortez. They have still not lost their all A's streak.
The band is getting ready to release their first single of six and they are currently working on the second one. Right now, the band is really influenced by dream-pop and with people like Mac de Marco. It's not uncommon for a band to change or tweak their sound until they find something that works for them.
"Tardecita Sin Ti" is the name of this first single, which reflects a feeling of nostalgia as the name suggests. Aarón wrote it post break-up and based on a relationship he had last year. Although, it's meant to make one feel nostalgic and written from a place of necessity, it will still include those loved synths and chorus' that make dream-pop so enjoyable. "Tardecita Sin Ti" will premier on January 31st. It will also be accompanied with a music video that is produced by an agency in Monterrey.
Near-future plans include touring and recording a live session that is not in the "typical" studio setting. This five-piece group of friends are excited to get things off the ground and hope people tune in for this journey. They also made sure to share that if one visits Monterrey, it's cool to check out spots like Barrio Antiguo and Paseo Santa Lucia.
Bilbao's Spotify link: open.spotify.com/artist/0auztALogdXmk4KYvF1FoT?si=rnK7uijESnuea6v6jSo4Eg
Great voice, talented, disciplined, old school, and fashion-forward. These are all things that can be attributed to El Paso's own: Elia Esparza. Not only is she a talented young singer, but she hosts the Restless Podcast, vlogs, and teaches some vocal lessons. It's a new year and what better way than to start with someone who enjoys her craft and proudly represents la frontera one way or another. She is a great example of someone who gives it her all and never gives up, which is a great thing to keep in mind this new year and new decade!
I recently reached out to Elia and below are a few questions I got to ask this past week. Enjoy.
Heading into a new year and a new decade, do you have any music-related goals?
Of course! I feel very refreshed and motivated to create more than ever, especially consistently writing new material and really diving into the craft of writing, even it's not for myself. I’m also working on a 5 song EP to hopefully release later this year, but I’m not in a rush like I used to be. I really want to take my time crafting these songs in order to truly represent who I am as an artist. Along with the songs, I want the visuals to match the level of detail that have a deeper meaning. I’m also constantly working on my vocals and presentation, so I definitely want to take some risks and up my game in 2020.
What does being an artist from the frontera mean to you? Do you think that being from the
border has greatly influenced how you approach your music?
It means a lot. I’ve also lived in San Diego and New York City so having the collective perspective and influences have really showed me how my roots shine through. Although I don’t often write in Spanish, there’s still a flavor sprinkled into my music.
What has been the biggest rewards and challenges from pursuing your passion?
I know that when I wake up each day, I’m not doing something I hate. I’ve worked hard to create a life where I get to fill my day with different creative pursuits and it all ties together. I’d rather struggle doing what I love than be using my energy for something I don’t. It’s a lot of rejection, a lot of not knowing what the next thing is going to be, and a lot of trial and error. All I know is that moving forward is the only way to find out. I don’t ever want to be in the position of "what if’".
Your last single was "With You", what is the meaning behind it?
‘With You’ is a song I wrote in 2019 about past relationships I’ve been in, not necessarily just one person. I wanted to express the feeling of yearning for someone who wasn’t good for me and not even knowing why I wanted them when it was clearly a trainwreck. I went through a pattern of drowning in the thought of someone when in reality it wasn’t what it was. So the song reflects that cycle of losing clarity because I was so consumed in the thought of someone.
This year you released "Karma", "Are You Coming. Back" and "With You". Do these singles connect in some way?
I do write from experience and although they were written at different times, I wanted them to represent the timeline of going through a break up. ‘Karma’ is very aggressive, in your face attitude, not needing them anymore, leading into AYCB, which is when the initial confidence wears down and is almost begging for them to come back. Finally with ‘With You’, it shows the denial phase of it really being over and now I’m all left with are the memories.
Biggest musical influences at the moment?
I’m old school. I love listening to older albums I grew up with and then throwing in new music. Right now, I’m really into Dua Lipa, John Mayer and H.E.R.
Lastly, anything you would like to add for the readers?
A huge thank you to anyone who has supported me through the years and to stay tuned for a lot to come in 2020, I have a feeling this year will be life changing.
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