BANDA DE LA MUERTE releases ‘Seis Canciones’, European tour in May
They say travel broadens the mind, and there is some truth in this phrase because the 2012 European tour brought a new perspective to the career of Banda de la Muerte. So many miles traveled in the old world allowed the understanding that there is another distance impossible to be measured in miles or fuel where they were coming from.
This distance had to be traveled so they could discover that part of the DNA which has always been there and was sheltered on vinyl for over 40 years. So with the firm intention to pursue the path they went back in time to rediscover their own roots, their ancestors, their local heroes. The result is “Seis Canciones”.
The 70s Argentine rock cemented with its experimental richness what the world then knew as Rock in Spanish …. or Rock Nacional for the Argentines, and this album of six songs extracts some of the best cards of this fortune of introspective exploration, it is a trip to the depths where one could find enshrined local heroes and forgotten martyrs and above all, the ancestry of the Banda de la Muerte members reflected in the past four decades.
It would be unfair to label “Seis Canciones” as a tribute album. It is rather an honestly and intelligently arranged piece of work, where the choice of songs avoids the cliched greatest hits label and in doing so unearths hidden gems by Miguel Cantilo and Grupo Sur, Orion’s Beethoven, Contraluz and Sacramento (a band with short life but which brought undoubted value to music and which was founded by the keyboardist Ciro Fogliatta and Alfredo Toth after the breaking up of Los Gatos). In relation to this Fogliatta adds a note to the pages of Latin American rock history by participating on keyboards in the Banda de la Muerte’s version of “Reunidos en el Cuarto”. The stainless “Abelardo el Pollo” y “Era de tontos” provide the obligatory presence of Pappo’s Blues and Luis Alberto Spinetta…..
The album is produced by Banda de la Muerte and recorded live in Buenos Aires in January 2013 by Gonzalo “Pajaro” Rainoldi with the assistance of Ivan Caplan. The mastering was done by Justin Weis in Trakworx, San Francisco. The album will be released in May 2013 in a vinyl picture disc format through Venado Records and Noiseground.
Banda de la Muerte have scheduled a new European tour in May 2013 and on these concerts they will present the material from “Seis Canciones” with the firm conviction to spread their interpretation of the pieces that forged the Argentinean rock music scene.
Confirmed dates so far:
10-5 Lubbenau (DE) @ Kulturhof
11-5 Hamburg (DE) @ Empore Buchholz
12-5 Antwerp (BE) @ Antwerp Music City
14-5 Leuven (BE) @ Rockbar Leuven
16-5 Amsterdam (NL)@ Vinger w/ Pendejo
17-5 Eindhoven (NL) @ Altstadt w/ Pendejo
18-5 Confolens (FR) Zombie Girl Boogie Fest
19-5 Madrid (SP) @ Jimmy Jazz
21-5 Barcelona (SP)@ Be Good
22-5 Saint Etienne FR) @ Thunderbird Lounge 42
23-5 Karlsruhe (DE) @ Alte Hackerei
24-5 Erfurt (DE) @ Headschrinkerfestival
26-5 St Gallen (CH) @ Rumpeltum
30-5 Leeuwarden (NL) @ Mukkes
31-5 Netphen (DE) @ Freak Valley Festival
“Seis Canciones” Tracklist:
- “Abelardo el Pollo” – originally from “Volumen IV” (1973) by Pappo’s Blues
- “Las imagenes que ves entre las nubes” – originally from Miguel Cantilo & Grupo Sur (1973) by Miguel Cantilo
- “Nino del tercer milenio” – originally from “Tercer Milenio” (1977) by Orion’s Beethoven
- “Era de tontos” – originally from “Spinettalandia y Sus Amigos” (1971) Luis Alberto Spinetta
- “La sarna del viento” – originally from “Americanos” (1973) by Contraluz
- “Reunidos en el cuarto” – originally from “Sacramento” (1972) by Sacramento