When you hear music by Cóndor like the song "Titan", it's the kind of jam you listen to on your way to a party. That's exactly the vibe they were aiming for when they made their album Casanova (2016). It consists of ten songs which talk about nightlife and partying and it's certainly evident once you hear it. Cóndor is mainly made up of Jose Canseco (guitar/vocals) and Misael Vásquez (guitar/vocals), however, the duo added a bassist (Checho) and a drummer (Jorge) in the past year. This band from Juarez recently opened up for Great shapes at the Lowbrow Palace and the energy was there.
While in the cold, Cóndor and I began to talk about the band, their music and of course there were jokes involved. The band started out around 2014 with just Misael and Jose. They were two friends "on a mission" to make party music and have fun with this project. With parties in mind and their punk past behind, the boys started messing around with beats. They listened on a loop and finally added some guitar until they found something they liked. That lead them to go directly to the studio since it was just the two of them at the time and there wasn't a full band. During their time in the studio, they changed and polished their songs until what came to be the tracks on the album Casanova. (In 2017, Misael and Jose added Checho and Jorge to the band and that is what currently makes up Cóndor.)
Being that it's a band inspired by not only the fact that their music can be partied to, but also that it is inspired by bands like "Plastilina Mosh" and "Kinky". They want to take the likings of those bands and take it further. They hope to be able to play big festivals soon like in Mexico and the United States. They want this album and future material to reach larger audiences because it's "useless to keep the album at home and have only your friends listen to it." They are serious about the band and they are using the beginning of 2018 as a time to focus on making music. They hope to be able to release some material by the summer so they can finish the year con todo el power.
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