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!
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