San Ligre is an indie rock band from Cuidad Juárez. Being from la frontera is not the only that makes this band unique! San Ligre combines rock with with electronic elements alongside other unique tweaks. According to their site, San Ligre has shared the stage with bands like Babasónicos, Kinky, Instituto Mexicano del Sonido, Plastilina Mosh, Austin TV, Belanova, Nightdrive, Parallels, Young Fathers, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Baths, The Chamanas, Los Tigres del Norte, Timothy Brownie, Dorian, Division Minuscula, Maserati, White Arrows, along side others. This band is made up of Daniel Barraza (vocals), Jorge Aguilera (drums), Luis Sanchez (guitar), Sergio Rosales a.k.a Checho (guitar, keyboards), and Sergio García (bass). The guys are currently promoting their latest material "Where Are We?" and they hope to release more soon.
San Ligre started around 2011 and upon asking about the band's name the guys mentioned that their band name was inspired by their ex-bassist. According to Sergio García, "the ex-bassist chose Ligre because it is a mixture of Tiger (Tigre) and Lion (Leon) and he liked that name. We thought it was cool: Ligre. Once we started playing live shows and adding some electronic to our music, the band took a different route. We ended up mixing more rock with alternative. Also, due to copyright issues for something that already had Ligre as their name then we added something. We found San and we really ended up liking the name San Ligre."
I asked the guys what current projects they have and where they plan on taking it and Checho mentioned that under the direction of Manuel Calderon and Eric Coughanour they started recording some EP's a while back. "Honestly it has taken some time because of personal reasons regarding each member of the band, but now we are all in that final stage where we are checking up on masters and making sure what we release is good. We are looking into the art work and possible videos." Checho also mentioned that they are also planning on releasing that new material this year and that they even have a lyric video on Youtube. They really hope to release that new EP soon. He added that they are not sure whether they want to release it as one EP or two or even an LP.
The new material that San Ligre will put out is a clear collaboration of all the band members. There is no one specific theme to it. The themes of the songs are different and everyone in the band writes from a different perspective. I asked them how living on the border has affected them in any way regarding their music and Checho said, "living on the frontera you have the Mexican music, gabacho, family and friends. We (Juárez and El Paso) are separated by a fine "line" but that doesn't matter to us. We like to write in English but it doesn't mean we don't like music in Spanish and it comes naturally. Living on the frontera is an like an alphabet soup. There is influence from all over."
A big thank you to San Ligre for their patience and time. Make sure to go check them out! Their Instagram is: sanligre
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