Zenith is a band from the border city of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Their sound is best described as "pop bailable" and the band is currently comprised of four members: Eddy Flores (vocals and guitar), Adrián Cobos (bass), Julián Ibarra (drums), and Carlos Ibarra (synths and keyboard).
This band who has drawn comparison to acts like Odisseo, Wet Baes, and Lawall, has resurfaced with their latest single, "Estelas". Immediately, one will notice the difference between Zenith's older more "rock" sound and this new sound as reflected on their new single.
I recently caught up with Julián and he told me that this transition in the band's sound felt natural for them. "It's the same Zenith just more pop. Less serious and more color" and that comment made sense when Julián mentioned recent influences like Toro and Moi, Wet Baes, and Clubz. He mentioned that, "this single was planned a while ago, but we felt like it was right to release it now. "Estelas" is a conceptual song." After listening to the song, it left me with a nice feeling of wanting to chill and dance to the song while reflecting on my day. It's truly a must listen.
Julián also hinted that Zenith might release more material throughout the year, but for now they are excited to open for the Mexican band, Clubz. It's great to see local bands opening up for other groovy acts and not only that, but also receive support from the community.
Before ending the interview, I asked Julian what Zenith's top bands of the moment were and this was his response:
"Zenith's Top 5 artists of the moment"
1. Men I Trust
2. Black Marble
3. Midnight Generation
4. Jean Loup
May 3, 2019 w/ Clubz - Anexo Centenario, Ciudad Juárez
August 31, 2019 - Festival Sin Fronteras, Ciudad Juárez
Links for more information on Zenith:
As a follow up and reminder of the last post, Spanish singer, songwriter, and composer, Leiva, recently released his newest album, "Nuclear". For those that are not familiar with Leiva, he has been playing since the nineties with a previous band, but decided to embarked on a solo journey in 2012 and ever since, has received several recognitions ever since including the Rolling Stone Award (Spain) for best album of the year.
The new twelve track album includes songs like "Nuclear", "No Te Preocupes for Mi", "Lobos" and "Godzilla" featuring Bunbury and Ximena Sariñana. This album is very deep and the songs have an interesting dynamic between them. If you are looking for a nice dance track, this might not be the album for you, but if you are like me and love to feel the melody of the song and deep-dive into the lyrics and meanings, then this might be the album for you.
As mentioned in the previous article, "Nuclear" is a melancholic Beatle-esque song that describes a somewhat "nuclear" love. "Godzilla", my favorite song on the album, featuring Bunbury and Ximena Sariñana is a fantastic slow song with such lyrics like, "Puedo convertirme en Godzilla y luchar contra el mal. Pero nunca, nunca te llego a olvidar," which translates to: "I could turn into Godzilla and fight against evil, but I would never forget you." A lot of us have experienced a kind of love that one is willing to fight for, but it does not work out and no matter what, one will never forget that person. That is exactly what this song is about, which makes it so great. Ximena's and Bunbury's vocals just add to the mood of this song in the best way possible. In addition, the video (below) of the song ,"No te Preocupes Por Mi" is marvelous. It depicts a different and almost forbidden type of love. A young love that is just a ticking time bomb.
All songs relate to some type of love whether it is obvious or not. "Nuclear" is truly a representation of Leiva throughout the years and his abilities as an artist now. Simply mature and wonderful. I really recommend it.
Not only are the the songs magnificent, but the physical album as well. The physical album, and only the physical album has, "thirteen pages; each of them a concrete layer of the heart of the artist from Madrid, corresponding to the cover and each of the 12 songs on "Nuclear". Additionally, Leiva wanted to reward those "romantic record buyers" with a deluxe edition in which he included the "Voice Notes" from his phone." It is truly worth the purchase.
For more information and Leiva and the album visit his website:
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