Originated in Austin, TX, circa 2009; La Guerrilla is Peruvian songwriter, and graphic artist, Enrique Rumiche's brainchild.
Influences vary from International POP music to Salsa Kings to 80's and 90's one hit wonders from around the World. Artist like Manu Chao, Arcade Fire, The Clash, Banksy, Bjork, Ruben Blades, Soda Stereo, 60's Cuban Posters, Indochine, Dr. Dre, Massive Attack, Cafe Tacvba, Bowie, Flaming Lips, Yann Tiersen, Sinatra, Fabulosos Cadillacs, and many more. Rumiche started his project with a simple Roland beatbox and his acoustic guitar. Placing adds on craigslist, meeting musicians at parties and open mics, he started adding more instruments to his repertoire.
Two members of La Guerrilla have been steady since it's conception, drummer and samples Paul Joseph Loney III, and trombonist, rapper, and hype man Zumbi. After every recording the collective becomes a revolving door of artists that add to the power, and passion of the music for the live shows.
When it comes down to the stage, La Guerrilla finds it absurd to just play rehearsed melodies with musical instruments to an audience. Instead the experience is enhanced by props, from phaser amplified motorcycle helmets, to piñata bubble heads, to toy accordions, to simple signs stating "How much of your shit is made in China?". The goal is to make proper use of a stage and to give the audience more than just music
The band has released 2 E.P.'s with much success in the Central Texas region. Selling over 1500 hard copies so far without any backup nor having released a full length.
Internationally, their second EP "Adios Lala Land?" has earned them their first music review in Lima, Peru on Revista Esquina (with distribution in Miami). Also, Worldwide, Mexican, and Colombian blogs like bestfestivals.net and about.com have featured La Guerrilla articles, reviews, and music. Moreover, their first EP "La guerrilla" got the attention of NPR radio, where their single "Ganas no me faltan" is featured on the NPR Latin Alternative show.? La Guerrilla is also on Mexican radio on "Orbita 106.7 FM" in Juarez, Mexico, and in Central Texas stations.
In addition, their video for "Erika" has been featured on ARE! magazine (Spain), VINIL magazine (Mexico), and blogs throughout Texas. Even, a zumba instructor from California choreographed a routine on La Guerrilla music, which now is being used as their official video for "Los Besos".
They have shared the stage with Ozomatli, George Clinton and P Funk, Filter, Plastilina Mosh's Rosso, Federico Aubuele, Kinky Friedman, Charanga Cakewalk, The Bright light Social Hour and more. Indeed the band is a FESTIVAL band, from the Crawfish Festival, to Pachanga Fest, to official ACL parties, SXSW performances, the Texas Book Festival, Warped Tour, to a FORMULA 1 World Race show, they've done it all with success!
After having recorded two E.P.'s they are now currently working on their first Full length, already collaborating with members of Black Joe Lewis, grammy award winners Grupo Fantasma, Atash, and David Boyle (Justin Timberlake, Bebel Gilberto, Robert Plant) . In the end this is a fun band with a message of empowerment through being one self.
Formula 1 at the Circuit of the Americas (w/ The Wailers)
FanFest 2012 (Enrique Iglesias, Flo Rida, and more!)
Corpus Christi Dia de Los Muertos 2012 (w/ Los Bad Apples)
Univision's Cinco de Mayo Block Party 2012 (w/ Charanga Cakewalk)
SXSW 2012 Convention Center, Austin, TX
Austin City Limits Official Party (w/ Federico Aubele)
Mohawk Summer Party (w/ Rosso from Plastilina Mosh)
Hot Sauce Festival 2011 (w/ The Bright Light Social Hour, Foot Patrol, Schmillion), Austin, TX
Batfest 2011 (w/ Filter, Alpha Rev, Bob Schneider), Austin, TX
GregoFest 2011, Lockhart, TX.
Pachanga Fest 2011 (w/ The Echocentrics, Chingo Bling, Chico Mann), Austin, TX
Univision's Cinco de Mayo Block Party 2011 (w/ Vallejo, Ocote Soulsounds System), Austin, TX
Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival 2011 (w/ George Clinton and P Funk), Buda, TX
Pan Americana Festival 2011 (w/ Ozomatli), Austin, TX
Viva La Vida Fest 2010, Austin, TX
Una Noche de La Gloria Festival 2010 (w/ Bombasta, Pinata Protest), San Antonio, TX
Texas Book Festival 2009 - 2010 (w/ Kinky Friedman), Austin, TX
Xemumba Festival 2009, Austin, TX
Fair Trade Film Festival 2010, Austin, TX
Pecan St. Festival 2008 - 2010, Austin, TX
NX35 Festival 2009 (w/ Brave Combo), Denton, TX
ATX Converge Music Showcase 2009 (w/ Mothfight, White White Lights), Austin, TX
""Heralded by plethora of local bloggers as Austin's unofficial "Next Up-Coming Band" La Guerrilla's six man ensemble seamlessly fuses world and contemporary influences in an energetic display of unbridled style that is completely their own." Their toe-tapping mixture of “acoustic punk, gipsy Latin, folk rock, ska techno” struck a chord with the Austin City Council who recently made May 27th “La Guerrilla Day”. The piercing gipsy violin, reminiscent of Gogol Bordello, compliments the vocal diversity of singer Enrique Rumiche who employs the late spirit of Sublime frontman, Brad Nowell when belting out harmonies and vigorous interjections in both Spanish and English. The Hush folk-po
Enrique Rumiche - Guitar / Vox, Guitar and Synth.
Joseph Loney - samples, Drums and Samples
Zumbi - Trombone, Keys/Vox
Jeff - Bass
Joe - Baritone Sax, and flute.
Kristian Pentageli - Backup Vocals, Latin Percussion
Roberto Riggio - Violin
ADIOS LALA LAND? (E.P.). Latebloomer Entertainment 2011.
LA GUERRILLA E.P. (Online Edited version) on on iTunes, Rhapsody, Napster, Amazon, eMusic. etc. Latebloomer Entertainment 2009.
LA GUERRILLA E.P. Latebloomer Entertainment 2009.
GUERRILLA OF LILLIPUT - Maxi Single. Latebloomer Entertainment 2008.
Pachanga Latin Music Festival 2011: La Guerrilla
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Throw any kind of descriptors at La Guerrilla – Latin rock, funk, pop, soul, hip-hop – and they'll a...Throw any kind of descriptors at La Guerrilla – Latin rock, funk, pop, soul, hip-hop – and they'll all stick. But probably the best way to convey what the genre-bending six-piece sounds like is to put it this way: it's a band where members who individually love Gogol Bordello, Björk, Flaming Lips, At the Drive In and Chico Mann can feel at home with one another.
Such musical variety makes the Austin band's writing sessions tiring and challenging, but lead singer/guitarist Enrique Rumiche is quick to play up the sense of adventure and discovery that comes with meshing so many influences together.
"There are like 10 different versions of the latest song we just wrote, some of them have more of a Latin feel or some others have a Middle Eastern, gypsy influence going on," Rumiche said by phone recently. "Doing that takes patience to try to find your own vibe in what someone else is doing musically.
"That's why we try a lot of things out live so we can see how people react, whether they're dancing and head banging or just standing there with a ‘What the hell?' look on their faces."
There will be at least a little of that live focus grouping going on Saturday when La Guerrilla plays Pachanga Festival.
Among a group of more than two dozen acts in the festival headlined by Grammy winners Ozomatli, La Guerrilla has a tacos-meets-collard greens-meets-tabbouleh-style blend that allows the band appeal to a cross-section of fans.
Another big help: a live show crackling with energy as Rumiche and his bandmates — who hail from three continents and Jamaica — play off each other's enthusiasm and excitement. At a recent show at the Ghost Room they were practically spilling off the club's cozy stage into a crowd that was a sea of rhythmically moving arms, legs and torsos.
"We're having so much fun up there and we feel each other going more and more crazy, like our congo player comes out and just starts banging on those things and he's kicking the air and going crazy. You get tuned into that and it just keeps you going," Rumiche said. "We practice everything over and over so it's tight, but there's room for (improvisation) so you can give someone a chance to do this solo and really go for it if they're feeling it in that moment."
And if the band's musical blend weren't curious enough already, there's the reliably ear-perking, eyebrow-raising moment that happens when it lumbers into its funked-up take on Radiohead's "National Anthem," a piece of avant experimental rock that'll lure in even the most lead-footed indie rock fan.
Rumiche said the cover didn't start out as an attempt to cross over to more studied, cerebral music fans but said its effect on Latin music newcomers is hard to deny.
"It definitely opens doors for people who don't know that much of Latin music, so I suppose it's kind a gateway song, but it just started one day when (bass player) Jorge (Rhodis) was doing that bass line that opens up the song, and we all started adding Latin beats to it," he said.
"We just liked that song and some of us really love Pink Floyd, so two months from now you could see us doing all of ‘Dark Side of the Moon.'
Anything can happen."
Album Review: La Guerrilla, “Adios Lala Land?”
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The opening chords of “Erika,” the first song on La Guerrilla’s latest EP, Adios Lala Land, signal t...The opening chords of “Erika,” the first song on La Guerrilla’s latest EP, Adios Lala Land, signal the continued expansion and sophistication of Austin’s rising rock/latin/hybrid group. It sounds less like the bombastic dance music of the group’s self-titled debut EP and more like the studied compositions of a gifted songwriter.
Enrique Rumiche, the frontman of La Guerrilla, shows his expanded repertoire on “Erika,” a song that layers the sextet’s various instruments throughout the ambling, acoustic guitar-fronted opening before converging for the song’s single-ready chorus. But the group pushes the song one more notch past the exemplary melody to a pensive mid-song breakdown that throws everything into a different light.
“En Cualquier Momento” sounds a bit more like the conventional La Guerrilla sound, but the song still moves over four or five different moods before settling into a lovely harmony vocal. “Blueprint” sounds different than anything the group has tried before. The horns, violin, sprightly guitar and harmony vocals are present as always, but the dreamy, introspective tone is a new color for the group. They wear it beautifully, though, as the chorus features some of the finest singing in Rumiche’s career. As a whole, the composition walks away with the EP.
This EP is only 14 1/2 minutes long, but it makes the absolute most of its run time. More surprises await in closer “High.” The song has the psychedelic keys of a Flaming Lips or Beach Boys song. The chorus is another absolute killer; the synthesizer and horns mix underneath Rumiche’s falsetto and the effect is intoxicating.
Adios Lala Land is better produced than La Guerrilla’s previous (excellent) offering, and the songs are better. La Guerrilla is moving beyond the generic trappings rote descriptions of their music would suggest. This is not a straight Latin Rock (or World Music) band. This is a group that uses the sounds of different countries and genres to make its mark. Now, can we get a full album of this?
Final Grade: ***** (out of five)
La Guerrilla premieres new music video "Erika"
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As they move closer to their first full-length album, Austin’s hardworking Latin Rock/World Pop outf...As they move closer to their first full-length album, Austin’s hardworking Latin Rock/World Pop outfit La Guerrilla has released a new music video for “Erika,” one of the winning songs off of the band’s last EP, the exemplary Adios Lala Land. Filming took place on location in Austin, so check to see if you can spot the landmarks. The performance by lead actress Katie Lesnick is natural and quite successful, perfectly fitting the tone of the video. It’s a leisurely visual approach to an ambling, serene pop composition. Also, its POV shooting style sets it apart stylistically and effectively sets up the video’s “surprise” climax.
La Guerrilla held an official, online video premier last night, September 4th. You can see the video on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7xJqO67J3U&list=UU5cTyB5bcpCxQm6DQcaW3PQ&index=1&feature=plcp. Enjoy!
La Guerrilla estreno nuevo video “Erika”
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Esta semana La Guerrilla, el grupo originario Austin Texas , con su lider Enrique Rumiche composi...Esta semana La Guerrilla, el grupo originario Austin Texas , con su lider Enrique Rumiche compositor, cantante, guitarrista , Paul Joseph Loney III y su trombonista y rappero Zumbi han lanzado su primer video el cual se trata de la canción Erika extraída de su más reciente material “ Adios Lala Land”
Enrique comenta como nace la canción: “Erika” es una canción que nació en South Congress en Austin, Tx. Recuerdo que estaba con mi amigo Alejandro García, de la banda NO REY (ahora en Seattle) jugando billar en TROPHY’S ( Bar en Austin Texas ) . Y me pidieron cantar algo y tenía muchas ganas de cantar la canción de “Swingers” “You are nobody til somebody loves you” de Dean Martin. Pero, por supuesto, después de un par de cervezas (los que me conocen) Yo estaba hasta el tope y escogimos por accidente una canción de Frank Sinatra “When somebody loves you“. Y así como llegó , literalmente se iluminó de alegría, brindamos ahí y tengo ese recuerdo pegado en mi mente. Realmente “Erika” (originalmente “Jessica”) nunca fue escrito con alguien en mente, pero si con la sensación de caer en el amor en el momento, también se supone que suena un poco más a la vieja escuela Sinatra, pero, por supuesto, como pasa el tiempo, se convirtió en la canción que es ahora.
El video nos muestra imágenes de de “Erika” ( Katie Reiche ) paseando por la ciudad de Austin y disfrutando amigos , comiendo nieve , hasta llegar a encontrarse con el grupo en un kiosco.
The Fusion of La Guerrilla
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(from: http://austinvida.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=156:the-fusion-of-la-gueri...(from: http://austinvida.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=156:the-fusion-of-la-guerilla&catid=18:music&Itemid=6)
Enrique Rumiche may be a recognizable face to Austin music veterans, after performing for five years with the local sonic-punk band Balistica. After the band broke up in 2006, the songwriter united with violinist/vocalist Liza McCown and friends to create a new group called Guerrilla of Lilliput, performing in coffee shops and smaller venues. The band later added more permanent members and became La Guerrilla.
La Guerrilla infuses various types of genres such as rock, indie, pop, and ska, with each song featuring a reoccurring Latin vibe. Currently, the only way to hear these songs is to catch a live performance or to stream a handful of songs on their MySpace page. I would highly recommend seeing La Guerrilla live to enjoy the carefree party atmosphere these songs bring out in listeners.
The band is preparing to record its first official album with plans to release it in October 2009. But for now, fans can obtain copies of a two-song single with the vigorous in your face “Tabla Surfer” and indie-pop “High” at Waterloo Records.
Five of the eight band members joined me at Clementine Coffee Bar—one of the coffee shops the original lineup performed at—and talked about the plans for the upcoming album. We also got more in-depth about how the current lineup got together and what they feel each member brings to La Guerrilla.
How did La Guerrilla's current lineup get together?
Enrique: This lineup got together this year. Joseph and Nick are actually from Craigslist. These two are Craigslist initiatives. Liza and I started playing two years ago under a different name.
Liza: We met randomly at a party.
Enrique: And then Nathaniel showed up to one of our shows, when we were playing at a coffee shop. We were doing coffee shop shows. He had also heard one of the songs I had recorded with Balistica. So the three of us started playing together just with friends and then put Craigslist ads. Now we have these two and this is the new lineup. We changed the name of La Guerrilla.
For the two of your who were found on Craigslist, what made you audition?
Joseph: There was a posting that was like “experimental, international, fun loving group of people...,” something like that. It was more of a carefree type of thing that got me on to it because most of the other ads were like “need metal drummer with double bass skills” and “need country drummer for swing skills.” I wasn't really looking for anything specific. I just kind of wanted to get back in a group and have a camaraderie. That's how it is. I mean, it gets serious at times, but at the shows, we pretty much have fun. It's a fun-loving thing just like they advertised.
Nick: Yeah, that and the songs pretty much.
Liza: No false advertising.
Enrique: That's right.
For Enrique, I've known you since you were in Balistica. How is this band different from Balistica?
Enrique: It's funny because as far as different, I see more of myself as a songwriter, as an artist. I've evolved in that sense that I've started listening to more kinds of music, more world music, going back to my roots. Balistica was a lot more about the show. It is still about the show here, but definitely it's more just melodic, more about songwriting, more about artistic way of seeing the show.
How is the crowd response with this band compared with Balistica?
The crowd has been excellent. I hate when I say, “People have told me this is better than my old band.” It's just that, I think, people get it better. I think it's just more appealing. It definitely helps out that I've been blessed that I've found each one of these people. All of them, amazing people, persons, musicians in their own right and showmen, show-woman. That's definitely contributed to everything, you know. So I'm happy. I'm happy with this lineup.
Are you currently recording?
Joseph: August is the plan with Test Tube Audio. One day -- live. It's gonna be hopefully five or six songs. We're shooting for one right now.
Enrique: Yeah, it's gonna be an EP. The name tentatively is going to be “Big in Mars” and we're going try to shoot for an EP. There's a couple of recordings that we did before with this lineup. Liza and I worked with beatboxes and stuff. We might just include an extra track in that EP. Our plans are August. We haven't recorded anything official. We recorded one time at Roadhouse Rags. We did some sort of demos and stuff but nothing official where we could actually put out. So this is actually a studio recording. We're gonna record it live.
la guerillaLiza: We've done two studio recordings before for "Tabla
Surfer" and "High". They're both studio recordings that are mastered and not live demoed but now we're gonna have live demo recordings to add to the future.
Enrique: We're shooting for October for it to be a CD release date. We don't have a specific date for you yet.
So fun band question time: All of you pick a band member, and you can't pick the same one. Tell me what you think that band member brings to the band.
Nathaniel: Liza brings art stuff, dances, movements. She gets the audience attention the most. That's pretty much all I'm going to say.
Nick: Joseph is good cause he's very creative drummer. He has tons of ideas. He knows what to play, what not to play. He had good dynamics, good beat. Very important.
Enrique: Nick brings technique. He really brings technique to the table. He has solos and he enjoys it. He really enjoys every song. I think we all do, but he's always saying, “Wow, this song is really so well written. Let's just add good stuff and edit it. Let's just put these things on top.” He's also always the guy who tells us if the set list is wrong. He'll be like, “Hey, that set list isn't gonna work.”
Nathaniel: Yeah, good time management.
Joseph: Well, I'll pick Nathaniel. As far, as playing bass, he's right there. Me and him are drum and bass. We sort of have to be there at all times so I vibe with him really well instrumental-wise. Our vibe and our concept is just a big party and everybody's invited. As far as just fun loving all the time and if you go to our shows, you'll see Nathaniel having probably the best time and jumping around the most and dancing and getting the crowd just really comfortable.
Liza: Stepping out into the crowd.
Joseph: Yeah, definitely. It's a great icebreaker too. We want people to dance but we can't necessarily say, “Hey, you know, dance to our music” even though they want to. There's always somebody seeing a band for the first time. They're not just going to go out there. Nathaniel makes that very easy for people to warm up and be free and fun because he doesn't give a fuck when he's out there. So they start not caring.
Enrique: He has a little accordion too. So everybody can play.
Joseph: Yes, he is the most muscular person in the band as well.
Enrique: That's true.
Liza: Okay, so Enrique brings a lot to the band for sure. He's the songwriter and pretty much writes all the songs. He composes things on the spot at home and brings it to the band. They'll come out like in jam sessions. A lot of the concepts he really wants to share with everybody, not just with the band but with everybody. He's a really good showman. That's my Enrique.
Enrique: You know, I would concur with what she said.
All right, that's all I have to ask. What should we look out for?
Enrique: The CD should be out, I'll say, around October. Please check out the website because we're going to play at Pecan Street Festival and Xemumba Festival and whatnot.
Joseph: What day is Xemumba?
Enrique: Xemumba. I'm not sure. Just go to www.laguerrillamusic.com. It's all there. Thanks to Austin Vida for having us.
Bonus Tracks "Adios Lala Land?" (Lima, Peru)
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"Segundo EP de la banda internacional de Austin, Texas, La Guerrilla, liderada por el peruano Enriqu..."Segundo EP de la banda internacional de Austin, Texas, La Guerrilla, liderada por el peruano Enrique Rumiche (musica y letras).
La Guerrilla nos presenta un excelente disco lleno de reggae, ska y rock latino, para ser mas precisos. Cuatro temas bien pronunciados y llevados directamente a tu alma en baladas. Sus composiciones le dan a la banda una descripcion de impaciencia persistente, dando a conocer los diferentes estados de sentimientos desde la calma, a leves euforicas melodias determinando un final (dando una imagen mas clara del ser humano en musica). Los arreglos son llevados y justificados naturalmente por las reacciones obvias de donde fueron inspirados: el amor, la soledad, la nostalgia, tristeza y confianza. Estos temas estan bien eflejados en sus letras y musica. Erika, En Cualquier Momento, Blue Prints y el ultimo tema High son hits verdaderos. Puedes escuchar todos sus temas y ver sus videos en su pagina web. Este ano grabaran su primer disco de larga duracion."
"Second E.P. from International band from Austin Texas led by Peruvian Enrique Rumiche (music and lyrics). Four very well defined songs taken directly to your soul via ballads (describing all human emotions through music). From calmness to euphoric melodies, the themes are inspired by love, solitude, nostalgia, sadness, and trust. Erika, En Cualquier Momento, Blueprint, and High are all True Hits. This year they will record their first Full Length."
Introducing The Eclectic Alternative Music of La Guerrilla
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I was impressed by the mix of sounds that these two tracks offer. While "Ganas No Me Faltan" combine...I was impressed by the mix of sounds that these two tracks offer. While "Ganas No Me Faltan" combines Reggae with an eclectic Gypsy sound, "Los Besos" has a very Tejano flavor to it. La Guerilla is, in fact, a very innovative band that does not stick to just one sound. Because of this, the band has been presented with different labels ranging from plain Latin Alternative to Bilingual International Experimental Pop.
LA GUERRILLA en SXSW 2012
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La Guerrilla es una de las bandas radicada en Austin con sonidos latinoamericanos, sabrosones que t...La Guerrilla es una de las bandas radicada en Austin con sonidos latinoamericanos, sabrosones que te mantienen bailando todo el tiempo una vez más se presentan en el festival SXSW 2012,.
La banda fundada en 2007 por Enrique Rumiche voz principal y guitarrista de la banda y musicos de Austin Tx, sacaron el año pasado su disco “Adios Lala” y hace poco confirmaron en su página la presentación en el festival , una de las sorpresas de la banda será el video de Erika su sencillo de su más reciente material que se estrenara durante el festival …..
La verdad les recomendamos mucho esta banda no pararan de bailar y disfrutar su musica…..
Les dejamos los días y horarios para que los vean de verdad van a pasar un rato muy bueno:
Texas Platters deEP end
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A big-band caravan led by transcontinental hustler Enrique Rumiche, La Guerrilla's combat rock en Es...A big-band caravan led by transcontinental hustler Enrique Rumiche, La Guerrilla's combat rock en Español takes a subtle turn on second EP Adios Lala Land?. "Erika" busks with the simple sincerity of Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records, not unlike the ballad "Blueprint." Upbeat popper "High (Lilliput Mix)" gets a dance remix, but La Guerrilla knows when to break out the piñata, as evidenced by the three-quarter turn in "En Cualquier Momento," a gypsy ska number with a South American twist.
Pan Americana Festival Celebrates Austin's Rich Cultural Legacy
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Heralded by plethora of local bloggers as Austin's unofficial "Next Up-Coming Band" La Guerrilla's s...Heralded by plethora of local bloggers as Austin's unofficial "Next Up-Coming Band" La Guerrilla's six man ensemble seamlessly fuses world and contemporary influences in an energetic display of unbridled style that is completely their own." Their toe-tapping mixture of “acoustic punk, gipsy Latin, folk rock, ska techno” struck a chord with the Austin City Council who recently made May 27th “La Guerrilla Day”. Liza McCown’s piercing gipsy violin, reminiscent of Gogol Bordello, compliments the vocal diversity of singer Enrique Rumiche who employs the late spirit of Sublime frontman, Brad Nowell when belting out harmonies and vigorous interjections in both Spanish and English. The Hush folk-pop element in La Guerrilla’s repertoire completes their ability to create music that is both universally enjoyable and infinitely repeatable
Mexicans With Guns
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Enrique Rumiche's calling card remains La Guerrilla's eponymous EP from 2009, a ska-bleated scuffle ...Enrique Rumiche's calling card remains La Guerrilla's eponymous EP from 2009, a ska-bleated scuffle of South American rock. From the frontman's Eugene Hütz-esque accent to an Argentine swagger recalling Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, the 19-minute disc (and group itself) also comes with a secret weapon besides the live sextet's brass: Liza McCown on violin. – Raoul Hernandez
AUSTIN MUSIC AWARDS 2011
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AUSTIN MUSIC AWARDS 2011 Best Latin Rock Los Lonely Boys 2. Vitera 3. Grupo Fantasma 4. Valle...AUSTIN MUSIC AWARDS 2011
Best Latin Rock
Los Lonely Boys
3. Grupo Fantasma
5. Texas Tornados
6. Patricia Vonne
7. La Guerrilla
8. Maneja Beto
9. Boca Abajo
10. Hector Ward & the Big Time
NPR Music, Alt Latino
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"Ganas no me Faltan" by La Guerrilla on NPR http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1..."Ganas no me Faltan" by La Guerrilla on NPR
Pachanga Latin Music Festival 2011
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Video of La Guerrilla at Pachanga Fest 2011 starting with our song "Poderosa" in the background. Fe...Video of La Guerrilla at Pachanga Fest 2011 starting with our song "Poderosa" in the background.
Features several shots of the band.
Austin City Council Declares May 27th "La Guerrilla Day"
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Austin City Council Declares May 27th "La Guerrilla Day" 05/20/10 22:55:28 Austin's hardest-wo...Austin City Council Declares May 27th "La Guerrilla Day"
Austin's hardest-working latin-rock band has received some hometown love from the Austin City Council. May 27th, 2010 will be declared La Guerrilla Day in Austin. A ceremony will take place at 5:30 PM on the 27th where La Guerrilla will play a song in the Council chambers. After the performance the band will receive a Proclamation and will thank their fans for the support.
The City Council meetings air live on Cable Channel 6.
For those interested in attending, City Hall is located at 301 West 2nd Street. Free parking is available underground by entering the garage from Lavaca Street.
Congrats, La Guerilla!
Live Music: La Guerrilla
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From: http://www.myfoxaustin.com/dpp/good_day/live_music/103009-Live-Music-La-Guerrilla Live Mu...From: http://www.myfoxaustin.com/dpp/good_day/live_music/103009-Live-Music-La-Guerrilla
Live Music: La Guerrilla
Updated: Friday, 30 Oct 2009, 9:57 AM CDT
Published : Friday, 30 Oct 2009, 9:37 AM CDT
Austin, TX - La Guerrilla is an Austin-based band that has been called everything from ""A latin Gogol Bordello" to "Cafe Tacvba meets The Clash" to "David Byrne on more acid."
According to the band's Facebook page, Enrique Rumiche and violinist Liza McCown joined forces in 2007 to create an experimental international music project. The duo named their project "Guerrilla of Lilliput", a mockery of modern and old society from Johnathon Swift's "Gulliver's Travels".
In 2008, the duo released "Guerilla of Lilliput Maxi Singles" EP. The band then added bassist Nathaniel Natal, percussionist Efrain Velez and trumpeter Marc Sustaita, and the project extended into a full-fledged band now known as La Guerrilla.
With the additional instrumentation, and new elements of live ska and gypsy blended into the latin/punk sound, the new lineup impressed audiences at numerous shows and venues in the Texas area.
La Guerrilla plans to release a new EP in 2009.
Austin's Latin Rock Revolution
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By Brandon Badillo (http://www.todoaustinonline.com/media/vol_II_1.pdf) To celebrate Latino Mu...By Brandon Badillo
To celebrate Latino Music Month, TODO Austin
gathered some of the brightest and best artists on
the widely diverse Latin music forefront in Austin.
Collectively, they represent a number of different
genres being covered by local Latino musicians; from
traditional cumbia to indie en Español, from funk and
folkloric to AlternaLatin. Emerging from the shadows
cast by such established Austin Latino luminaries
as Alejandro Escovedo and David Garza, there’s a
generation on the rise with their own following and
style, as varied and colorful as the city itself.
Members of each of these groups, including Bobby
Garza and Nelson Valente of Maneja Beto, Gian
Ortiz of Amplified Heat, Enrique Rumiche and Liza
McCown of La Guerilla, Martin Perna of Ocote Soul
Sounds, Jenn Acosta, Haydn Vitera and Scarlett Olson
gathered to have their photo taken by Mark Guerra
(cover), and many of them shared their thoughts on
the evolving Latin music scene with TODO Austin’s
Brandon Ramiro Badillo.
What is the most exciting thing to happen to Latinos
in music in Austin lately?
Gian Ortiz | Ampl ified Heat : There’s more
attention now toward Latinos playing rock and roll.
We’ve always been playing rock and roll, and not
crossover stuff, or pop rock like Maná. More like
60s rock and roll, garage and blues—heavy, tough,
moving music. There are more grenudos out there.
Bobby Garza | Man eja Beto: The continued
perseverance of Maneja Beto has always been a
source of inspiration to us. As one blogger put it,
“they’re the best band you’ve never heard.” (Ouch!)
Honestly, it’s just good to see other bands being
recognized as Latino artists—regardless of what type
of music they play. We see a ton of good artists in this
town, but the “scene,” for lack of a better word, is a
lot bigger and better than it was when we first started
playing live almost eight years ago.
Enrique Rumiche | La Guerilla : I think that the
hype on Austin as a music city galore is helping
everyone around. The festivals, the venues, the
bands, the TV shows. That buzz definitely has grown
immensely throughout the last few years in big part
thanks to the media and the Internet. Now we have
Latin festivals, Hispanic magazines, and people are
noticing the growth of an artistic and musical city.
Martin Perna | Oc ote Soul Sounds : In general
there is a lot more attention paid to Austin from the
rest of the world because of South by Southwest and
the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and this helps
Latin music, even though it is still marginalized quite a
bit at these events. It is important to give a lot of credit
to the Grupo Fantasma family and all the musical
contributions that their active and ex-members have
given to the city. There are some good groups, such
as Mitote and Buscando el Monte who are bringing
more roots rhythms such as Son Jarocho and conga
habanera to a much larger audience, updating and
keeping those rhythms fresh while maintaining the
Scarlett Olson: There is a large community of Latinos
from every Spanish speaking country in the world
that regularly come together for music and dance in
Austin. One of my favorite places is Esquina Tango; a
venue located in East Austin. There are many great
groups; two of my long time favorites are Charanga
Cakewalk and The Brew, but I’ll be going to Pachanga
Festival to discover more.
Haydn Vitera: There have definitely been some great
things happening for the Latino artist here recently. A
few examples: Univision’s “Premios Texas” including
a local artist award in its nationwide broadcast, the
Pachanga Festival, World Music Night at Momo’s
and the emergence of companies/organizations
like Go Hispano and Vaca Roja Productions that are
really getting behind the local artist and producing/
promoting great shows. The wheels are turning, baby!
What are the challenges specific to new music
performed by Latinos being heard in Austin?
Jenn Acosta: The Latin genre is so broad, and fans
of the music have broad musical tastes. Saying you
like Latin music is like saying, “I like Mexican food.”
Okay, but there are lots of different kinds of Mexican
food- Tex-Mex, Southwest, Interior. Latin music is
the same. It can be folk, rock, cumbia/salsa, even
funk. Categorizing all these forms into just “Latin
music” limits exposure—festivals and clubs book a
minimal number of Latin acts to satisfy that niche.
There are a lot of niches in that niche. We need
more flavor! Also, I don’t feel like there are enough
Latin music festivals, here and internationally. I don’t
really feel like Latin music has a home in Austin. I’ve
heard so many stories about the Empanada Parlour
and the days of a young Grupo Fantasma, and the
sweaty throw-down intimacy of that place. I missed
out. And now I crave that. But we are fortunate to
have some Latin festivals here in Austin. Pachanga
has some really great acts lined up for this year, as
well as Bemba Entertainment’s Xemumba. I played
the first one, and it was magical. It was intimate, it
was local. There was a great group of musicians, their
friends, fans and lovers of Latin music gettin’ down at
the Compound on East 4th Street under strung up
lights. There was a taco truck up in there serving up
food. It was a backyard party.
Bobby Garza: For a lot of us, the challenge is that
we’re Latinos in the States. That’s a strange place to
be, but a common arc—we’re not Latino enough to
get the attention of the Latin music industry because
we’re from here, but too Latin to be called anything
else. It was once written about us, we sing only in
Spanish so it’s not for everyone—which is an amazing
thing to say given the type of town in which we
play music. Austin prides itself on being diverse and
accepting of so many things, but for some reason the
fact that we sing in Spanish, speak both English and
Spanish, and are from here trips people up.
Enrique Rumiche: The biggest challenge for Latino
musicians in Austin is the stereotype of Latin music
being “brown”. I’m originally from Peru, and I grew up
listening to Nirvana, European techno, Sinatra, Afro-
Peruvian music, Merengue and more. So just because
I don’t write a “cumbia” or “salsa” song means that I’m
not Latino? I think that if Latin blogs, mags and media
in general emphasized the quality of the artists, asking
questions like “what is this person (of Latin descent,
or born there) bringing to the table?” instead of
emphasizing the “pride” factor it would help more.
La Guerrilla is
pop rock tour de force
of world music out
of Austin who blend
sounds from different
reggae to gypsy, Latin,
shuffle and folk punk.
La Guerrilla EP by LA GUERRILLA
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It couldn’t have been anything other than fate when I walked into a Sixth Street music venue on a random Saturday night and caught La Guerrilla live for the first time. That’s why it gave me such a thrill when, just a few days later, the Austin band’s EP fell into my lap.
One word comes to mind when watching La Guerrilla perform live: energy. And tons of it. With the mix of guitar, bass, trumpet, violin, trombone, drums and vocals, there’s too much of a good thing, too much insanity—all one can do is dance. Their EP of five songs, which includes a 45-second intro of sound in between the second and third track, has the power to unleash the party animal within anyone.
The intricate blend of reggae/ska and Latin indie seems easy to master, and what they’ve been compared to—Manu Chao, Sublime and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, to name a few—is understandable, but they’ve got a style all their own. The first track, “World Party One” sets the mood, while the fun “Los Besos,” reminiscent of chuntaro style, is my favorite—and the opening violins of “Out of Control” are, for lack of a better word, sick.
The eight-man band slows down with “Ganas No Me Dan”, which still ends up being a danceable beat. To be honest, the bonus track “Tabla Surfer” didn’t particularly call to me, but it’s still very Guerrilla: speedy, fun, different, with a bit of Dick Dale thrown into the mix (I’m serious, it’s somewhere in there).
There’s a reason why more and more people search for La Guerrilla shows, and why the band’s growing to be known as one of Austin’s finest. They show people a good time and they have an effortless dynamic irresistible to music lovers. And if this still hasn’t convinced you, just pick up the EP. If nothing else, the album artwork’s freakin’ awesome.
La Guerrilla - The Next Up and Coming Austin Band
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Sunday, August 30, 2009
La Guerrilla - The Next Up and Coming Austin Band
Rock y Roll Radio had heard some buzz about La Guerrilla, a local Austin, Texas band. So when they were scheduled to play at the Mohawk, Rock y Roll Radio made it a point to be there.
La Guerrilla consist of eight members: Enrique Rumiche-songwriter, vocalist and guitar; Liza McCown-violinist and vocalist; Marc Sustaita-trumpet; Nathaniel Natal-bass and accordion; Joseph Loney-percussionist; Nick Warrenchuck-trombone; Efrain-Latin percussion; and Grayson Legere-live support. The band plays a combination of rock, ska, idie with a definite Latin flavor. One of the aspects that also gives the band a distinct sound is the inclusion of the violin. Their energy and stage presence gets the audience involved and dancing. After they finished their set, the audience wanted more, "otra!" A couple of the songs that made an impression on the crowd that night were "Tabla Surfer" and "El Matador."
La Guerrilla is a relatively new band and strongly recommend you catch a performance because they will go far. At present, they are working on a CD which should be out in October. Looking forward to seeing them again soon. Check their La Guerrilla MySpace page of show dates.
La Guerrilla rocks the MACC
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The first time I have ever visited the Mexican-American Culture Center (the MACC) on River Street was Sunday, and I was totally out of place. I was checking out La Guerrilla, a great latin rock band that was playing. Everyone else in the crowd was there for a dinner and auction benefitting the MACC.
A sextet led by guitarist/singer Enrique Rumiche and violinist/singer Liza McCown, La Guerrilla’s music is multi-linguistic and stylistically diverse. There are elements of Tejano, Reggaeton, Latin, pop and rock apparent in their sound. Individual songs are equally likey to contain nods to Manu Chao or Pixies.
On Sunday the group was almost too big for the MACC’s capabilities. During one intense instrumental section, Rumiche knocked his microphone offstage. One of the men in the audience put it back it place, and Rumiche said “a hand for that guy!”
La Guerrilla is far from room-filler, which is what the MACC may have been expecting. They make captivating, searching music that is also a ton of fun to dance to. The group was careful to not overpower the room with their volume, but it seemed like the audience was taken aback, nonetheless, by the talent of the band. That’s the best compliment one can pay.
La Guerrilla was also promoting its new self-titled EP, which is a nice 20-minute distillation of their whirling, punchy style.
Even those who do not follow Latin music should invest interest La Guerrilla. They have a vision outside the box and write songs that are totally fun and accessible. Call my Sunday night visit to the MACC, with the free food and alcohol and the awesome band, a perk of the job.
La Guerrilla at Momo's
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Thursday, February 18, 2010
Photos/Video: La Guerrilla at Momo's [Feb. 16]
Tuesday was World Music Night at Momo's, a weekly residency that showcases local bands performing everything from Latin funk to Eastern European gypsy folk to Indian sitar music. Tuesday's lineup included the experimental world/fusion of La Guerrilla. Click the photo to the left to see my photo album from this show on Facebook. The photos are also on MySpace.
La Guerrilla is one of my favorite new bands. They're just fun to watch. They have so much energy and they lack any pretense. Their music is a little bit Latin, a little bit punky. Kinda gyspsy, kinda South American. What I like most is that they're not afraid to experiment with different sounds. They seem to thrive on experimentation, in fact. The band used to have trombone, but now they have flute. They have a hypeman who blows whistles, makes sound effects and shouts through a megaphone (in addition to playing auxiliary percussion). And WTF with this helmet instrument thing in the video above? None of this seems gimmicky, however, because the end result is inevitably a well-written song that's fun to experience live. The song above is called "Tabla Surfer" and is featured on their new self-titled CD.
All-Star Spotlight: Ian Morales
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As the fresh face behind some of Austin’s most read music blogs, Ian Morales has managed to aggregate his local scene expertise and funnel it into a number of social media outlets, all in an impressively short amount of time. Inspired by his love for music and (the always motivating aspect of) boredom, he started a blog in April of 2008–IanLovesMusic–which began as a personal music endeavor and later turned into a platform for his increasing Internet popularity. With Ian’s prominent display of music criticism, opportunities arose for him to spread his unique perspective on other websites. Joining Sal Silva at the music/social media portal, Double Stereo (formerly known as CD Fuse), and jumping on board as the editor-in-chief for local Latin American publication, Austin Vida, the music blogger stays busy keeping stride with everything having to do with Austin music–from reviewing CD’s and writing up shows to picking local favorites and offering his carefully toned opinions.
After moving to Austin at the moldable age of 15, Ian spent his underage years emerged in the local music scene– at a time when all age shows were ubiquitous and legendary venues, such as Liberty Lunch and Steamboat, still existed. Morales attributes his deeply implanted love for the music world to growing up in this atmosphere, and coming into blogging with such a proficient musical mindset has seen his influence spread across the blogosphere. Given almost complete creative control of what he gets to write, Ian translated his frustration with being the “guy with all the answers” (to questions regarding what bands to listen to and his personal opinions about them) into a successful blogging enterprise.
While being a part of something that he loves is definitely one of the best things about being involved in music media, he admits that not everything about the business is glamorous. Dealing with the in’s and out’s might not be appealing, but he also concedes that an influx of new ideas and new talent–with more young media and young writers– might be the perfect “new wave” that will revive Austin’s media sphere. Since he’s started writing, the biggest thing that Morales has seen change is the number of blogs that have now made a name for themselves, but he has his own theory on what makes a good blog. Morales’ testament that blogging is not “an end” but “a means to an end” makes his range of influence on multiple websites quite understandable.
Talking music with Morales sheds light on his perspective and range of musical reviews, and because he listens to just about everything sent his way, his scope and opinions are rather impressive. When looking at local favorites that he sees breaking big in 2010, Ian predicts that The White White Lights will soon be the hot new blogger buzz. With their EP set to be released this Saturday, the blogger expects that sites ranging from Brooklyn Vegan to Hype Machine will soon catch and latch on to these indie darlings, who he deems “this year’s Ume”. Another local band he sees coming out of the woodwork is the Latin band, La Guerrilla. With an incredible live show and full ensemble band, Morales has noticed the group beginning to push the limits of the local Latin circle in an effort to make it big. And already harboring a cult following, he feels that La Guerrilla will easily make the big scene transition.
As for his favorite venue, Ian picks out locally cherished hot-spot, the Mohawk, as one of the best places to catch an outdoor show. On any Friday night, you can find Morales hanging out in the Red River area (perhaps standing near his favorite hot dog trailer outside Red Eyed Fly), but it’s the Mohawk, with its aesthetic and comfortable atmosphere (especially when the warm weather hits), that draws him in the most. The venue’s fantastic stage also happens to be where Morales, if able to book a dream line-up, would stage his show. The line-up, you ask? Pack of Wolves opening for the Sword, with a surprise middle band in the mix–Metallica, playing under a completely different name (a surprise that he regrets bands don’t do more).
As one of our favorite local bloggers, we can’t help but give Ian all the love we can, and luckily for us, we get to be the FIRST to announce the uber secret and awesome project that Morales has been working on with (none other than) one of our other favorite bloggers, Ajay Miranda from ‘Nites. Ajay and Ian have teamed up to create a brand spanking new blog, Red River Noise, which will officially be launched with a bad ass day party during SXSW. The site will focus on being an “all inclusive” site (interviews, reviews, blog, columns, live video, THE WORKS), staffed by six writers and two permanent photographers alongside several contributing people who are fully immersed in the music industry. On March 17th, the Red River Noise launch party will be held at the North Loop Parlor and will showcase 5 bands: Hydra Melody, Dr. Manhattan, Zlam Dunk, Bright Light Social Hour, and Aficionado. Come by SXSW time, the site will launch (with FULL CONTENT) so make sure you stop by the launch party and check it out.
Past, Present, Future: La Guerrilla
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An Austin band for you this time. La Guerrilla is a high energy group of musicians that will keep you moving. The Latin music powerhouse will be performing at the Austin Vida showcase this Thursday, Apr 1 (no joke!). I’m a white boy with no rhythm and listening to La Guerilla makes me want to get out my seat and jump around.
Just take a listen.
They took a few minutes away to chat with TwoGroove. Read all about it below and be sure to stop by Ruta Maya on April 1; La Guerrilla will be dropping their new CD!
1. Past: What is your musical background? What has led you to this point?
Enrique: My musical background comes from my childhood in Peru to my life now in Austin, TX. As a kid I would listen to anything that my dad would hear (Neil Diamond, KISS, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, etc). My mom would always listen to pop radio in Lima, which back in the 80’s / 90’s it meant everything from Nirvana, to European Techno, to Peruvian cumbia, to Salsa, to Lambada, to Andean music, to Spanish Rock, to some French or Middle Eastern pop hit. And if you are ever lucky to ride the bus in Peru, you’ll hear the bus driver blasting out whatever music he felt like it.
Currently, I’m listening to Los Super Elegantes, Passion Pit, Shantel, Hot Chip, and going back to my roots of Peruvian Cumbia (chicha).
Nathaniel: My musical background is in Rock. What led me to this point is taking the opportunity to express myself and explore what I am capable of.
Joseph: My grandparents on my Fathers side (my white side) would listen to big band/dance hall stuff like Buddy Rich and Sinatra. My Grandparents on my moms side (brown side) owned a bar in south Texas and they had everything from Gypsy Kings to Simon and Garfunkel in their jukebox. My older brother listened to a lot of Janes Addiction, Beastie Boys plus all the new wave stuff like The Cure and Morrisey & The Smiths. My Dad loves “The Jazz Crusaders” and “Spyro Gyra” while my mom played anything and everything from Elton John to U2 and even Classical stuff such as “Beethoven” and “Bach”. Plus all my friends I shared music with growing up would be to blame for my love of Hip Hop, Metal, Jam, Fusion… Fuck! I love it all!
The love I have for creativity and expression through music has led me to this point with LA GUERRILLA… Oh, and Craigslist!
2. Present: Where are you at now in your career? What are you currently working on?
Enrique: 2009 was our first year, and it was excellent. We got to record our first CD, got to go on tour around Texas, got to play with Grupo Fantasma, and Brave Combo. And started a following in our hometown Austin, TX.
We are currently working on year 2 which means more touring, and a change in the performance of our shows. A more conceptual show, more props, more toys, and interaction with our audience with a pinch of performance art. A show where our instruments are not the only relevant form of communication. Also CD number 2.
Lauren: As a new member to LA GUERRILLA this past year, I have been enjoying the variety of music and how much the band has added to the live music scene in Austin. In just one sitting as an audience member, you can just get an ethnic and worldly experience with styles like cumbia, Celtic jigs, ska, gypsy idioms, punk, rock, and other styles that you will hear. This music is a lot of fun to play, and I feel very lucky to work with a unique musical concept as well as work on my own improvisation for the band!
Joseph: I’m still at the same point in my career that I have been in my whole life, which is “Still Learning!” Except now its with La Guerrilla! Im focused on THIS band and THIS band only. creating new sounds and songs, experimenting with other instrumentation, promoting, touring, etc. Im learning it all as I go!
Nathaniel: Now in my career I am just taking it as it comes. We just put out a great CD and playing more and more venues. Busy, Busy, Busy. Currently working on showing the World who, and what La Guerrilla is all about.
3. Future: What’s coming up for you? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Joseph: Coming up for us is new songs, new shows, new members, new instruments, etc. It’s a new year so at this point, everything is… you guessed it, NEW! This Band is totally capable of taking over the world in the next 5 years; but, realistically I hope we are all still friends who make great positive music together and who get to share it with anyone and everyone else. Whether it be in Austin or around the world!
Nathaniel: What’s coming up for me? Hmm…I see myself playing at bigger venues with La Guerrilla. Playing at ACL and putting a couple more albums with the band.
Enrique: I have no idea! Life is so unexpected, really! All I can do is keep on praying, stay strong, and always try to give the best of me to everyone I can.
4. Where can people find more of your music?
Nathaniel: People can find La Guerrilla’s music at Waterloo records, iTunes, Amazon, and other places as such.
Enrique: Yes, Waterloo Records, Cheapo’s, and End of an Ear have copies of our self titled debut CD. Anyone can also download our music at: iTunes, Rhapsody, Napster, Rhapsody, last.fm internet radio, emusic, Amazon, and more to be posted on our website.
Joseph: You can get an edited version of our first CD on iTunes, Amazon, Napster, Rhapsody, eMusic, YouTube, myspace, facebook, twitter, and who kno ws out there online. Or you could stop by one of our shows, and also get a poster, and a dropcard (MP3 card)
5. Anything you’d like to plug?
Enrique: The cover art of our CD is amazing!!! We forgot to thank our beautiful friend Estefania Lazo-Herencia for modeling, in our liner notes. And we’ll be having our OFFICIAL CD RELEASE PARTY at RUTA MAYA on April’s Fool’s! Don’t miss it.
Nathaniel: La Guerrilla is going to make you move like never before. APRIL FOOL’S CD RELEASE PARTY!
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La Guerrilla - "La Guerrilla" EP
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Four of the five tracks off of La Guerrilla's self-titled EP were recorded in one day, as the digipak liner notes inform the listener. Many groups would fold under such a contracted recording time, but La Guerrilla obviously came into Test Tube Audio with a clear idea of what they were doing. The contained 20-minute listen flows more or less seamlessly over the CD's five tracks and fulfills its duty as a primer on the band.
La Guerrilla dub themselves as "international experimental music," and while the "experimental" title might be a bit of a stretch the band is indeed very international in its latin/rock/salsa style stew. Songwriter Enrique Rumiche's lyrics alternate between Spanish and English, which opens the music for World Music novices like the author of this article. The opener "World Party One" rumbles its disparate elements together over Rumiche's megaphoned proclamations. The band's name implies a political conscience, and the lyrics of "World Party One" carry a pronounced self-empowerment creed. While the music does sound like a party/fiesta, the message of the song - basically, stand up for what is important to you - goes deeper than simple good times.
"Los Besos," (which means "kisses" for the mono-lingual) turns toward a more amorous mood. It is here that Liza McCown, the group's violinist and co-singer, steps out front. The way she doubles over Rumiche's vocals turns what would be a straight love song into an entirely different, sexier creation.
It is also apparent that Rumiche is a songwriter with many skills and weapons to work with. The horn and voice arrangements on the EP are immaculate and speak to more concentrated work than the short recording time would suggest. His voice can be suave but it can also crescendo into a caterwauling scream at the right moment. Meanwhile, the jostling rhythm section of drummer Joseph Loney and percussionists Zumbi and Gray Legere boils and bleeds different figures and timbres together. The isolated percussion track off of these songs would be interesting enough to hold its own as a listening experience.
A "hidden" third track slows things down. Rumiche strums a grungy chord progression and McCown's violin swoons beneath a Spanish spoken-word monologue. The track is actually the most experimental thing on the EP, but it winds itself into the fast-paced "Out of Control," which has a whiplash frenzy that, with a few adjustments, could make a rousing punk song.
"Ganas No Me Faltan," the EP's best song, uses everything La Guerrilla has set up - Rumiche and his guitar, McCown and her violin, the wild horn and rhythm section, the neat linguistic tricks - and combines a long solo section where individual members show off their improv skills and a catchy refrain. It is the natural climax of the EP.
"Tabla Surfer," the true final song, is listed as a "bonus track" on account of it being the one song recorded before the efficient 24-hour session that yielded the rest of the CD. It does seems separate from the rest of the songs with its use of orchestral cues and a sampled rhythm track. Rumiche's tongue-twisting lyrics and the emphatic backbeat speed into an anthemic chorus and a dueling guitar-and-violin solo. The blazing distortion on Rumiche's guitar is particularly likable. The song's finale ends the EP with a shout.
La Guerrilla is currently available online and at Waterloo Records. For more information on this exciting international rock group, check out http://www.laguerrillamusic.com/ or http://www.myspace.com/laguerrillamusic.
La Guerrilla Day at Austin City Hall 5/27
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La Guerrilla Day at Austin City Hall 5/27 Written by Austin Vida staff Thursday, May 27, will be ... La Guerrilla Day at Austin City Hall 5/27
Written by Austin Vida staff
Thursday, May 27, will be proclaimed La Guerrilla Day in Austin by Mayor Lee Leffingwell and city council. The world fusion band will perform a song at city hall at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. Council meetings, including Thursday's, are free and open to the public. As the band told us, "We would like to invite you to come to the city council and make us feel like we just saved Middle Earth from the evil Ring."
Read our La Guerrilla interview from last year and watch a live video below. City hall is located at 301 W. 2nd St.
Texas Book Festival Announces Blockbuster Lineup for its 15th Anniversary
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Aug. 26 The Texas Book Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary with a star-studded lineup of 226 , ...Aug. 26 The Texas Book Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary with a star-studded lineup of 226 , including Laura W. Bush, the honorary chair and founder of the Book Festival. "I am especially pleased to participate as an author in this year's Texas Book Festival," said Mrs. Bush. "I am proud of the success of the festival and glad to be part of the 15th anniversary celebration."
Guests can enjoy the festivities on October 16 and 17 in and around the Texas State Capitol and nearby venues. The Book Festival is free and fun for all ages.
In addition to participating in the Festival, Mrs. Bush will speak at the First Edition Literary Gala along with Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Cunningham and Michele Norris. Tickets to the Friday, October 15 gala can be purchased .
"This is an exciting year for the Festival as we celebrate our 15th anniversary," said Heidi Marquez Smith, executive director. "Thanks to the generosity and support of our sponsors, volunteers, and the public, the Festival has established itself as one of the premier literary events in the country showcasing the latest and best in publishing. Every literary taste and interest will be satisfied at this year's event."
Headlining authors also include Pulitzer prize-winners Eugene Robinson and Michael Cunningham, Sam Harris, Alton Brown, Abraham Verghese, Joyce Maynard, Meg Cabot, Matt de la Pena, Jennifer Egan, and Justin Cronin. News and political junkies can hear from P.J. O'Rourke, Karl Rove, Jonathan Alter and William Jelani Cobb, and from journalists Michele Norris, Ian Frazier, Jake Silverstein, Robert Bryce and S.C. Gwynne.
Approximately 2000 books were considered, and those chosen are the preeminent titles of 2010. There will be engaging panel conversations mixing the industry's top writers and audience Q and A. In addition, Festival attendees can get their books signed, feast on food from local eateries, listen to live music, and ignite their children's imagination with authors, events and activities.
Food lovers can see Food Network TV stars Alton Brown and Claire Robinson as well as Mexican cooking authority Diana Kennedy, The New York Times columnist Amanda Hesser and the owners of New York City's Baked, Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. Household hints will pour from Heloise; will explore the "new" old preppy style. along with comedian Julie Klausner will keep festival goers in stitches. Music fans can linger over 35 years of Austin City Limits photographs or visit the Music Tent and listen to acts including Terry Allen, 'Til We're Blue or Destroy, Bobby Whitlock & La Guerrilla, and Shinyribs.
Young adult readers will find their favorite authors including Holly Black, Laurie Halse Anderson, T.A. Barron, Naomi Mitchell Carrier, and Dr. Cuthbert Soup and children will meet Llama Llama series author Anna Dewdney, Carmen Tafolla, Alan Birkelbach, and David Wiesner. The Children's Entertainment tent will feature Sara Hickman and whimsical acts by the Fairy Godmother Academy.
Una Noche De La Gloria
Una Noche De La Gloria at Guadalupe Cultural Arts on Oct. 9
Vans Warped Tour 2009 en el Home Depot Center
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(from: http://rockeros.net/noticias.php?newsshow=yes&y=09&m=08&d=14a) Variación de géneros adorna...(from: http://rockeros.net/noticias.php?newsshow=yes&y=09&m=08&d=14a)
Variación de géneros adornan al Vans Warped Tour, y este año no se quedara de lado. El nuevo genero ‘screamo’ trae como representante a un grupo de muchachos de Denver Colorado, Breathe Caroline. Con mas de 9 millones de visitantes que escuchan su música en Internet, esta banda sera una de las mas esperadas. Que nadie compare a Attack Attack con la banda nacida en Gales. Attack Attack es Americana y se presentara con sus notas metaleros y grotescas que nos dejan tan intrigados y queriendo mas. De Ocala, Florida viene el grupo A Day to Remember. Una combinación de metal y pop punk los ha llevado en giras por todo el mundo y así como su nombre lo describe, ha dejado a miles de fanáticos como un día para no olvidar. La presencia latina se hace sentir, y agradezcamos a La Guerrilla de Texas que nos representaran, y muy bien. Con un ritmo experimental pop dará pausa a la furia de la demás música. Así que aplaudamos al Vans Warped Tour por habernos abierto la puerta para exponernos a otros géneros.
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La Guerrilla is an ensemble of bilingual musicians that combines the best flavors from around the wo...La Guerrilla is an ensemble of bilingual musicians that combines the best flavors from around the world for a sound that is totally unique and fun. They're a little bit pop, a little bit Latin, a little bit gypsy, and a whole lot of good energy. Expect to witness some great showmanship with props such as accordions, megaphones, and motorcycle helmets. The rhythm of La Guerrilla is gonna get you and will have you dancing until your chanclas fall apart!
Off the Record- Music
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Austin's boys of summer, the Bright Light Social Hour has been tapped to headline the Chronicle's an...Austin's boys of summer, the Bright Light Social Hour has been tapped to headline the Chronicle's annual Hot Sauce Festival at Waterloo Park on Aug. 28, alongside teen sensations Schmillion, rock en Español riot squad La Guerrilla, and funk massage therapists Foot Patrol.
La Guerrilla releases new music video for “Erika”
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Austin-based Latin fusion band La Guerrilla is the brainchild of Peruvian singer-songwriter Enrique ...Austin-based Latin fusion band La Guerrilla is the brainchild of Peruvian singer-songwriter Enrique Rumiche. With one of the most original sounds in Austin, the group incorporates elements of punk, ska and reggae with traditional Latin rhythms. Early on in their career, the band branded their music as “gypsy-punk.” Currently La Guerrilla is preparing to record their first full length record, collaborating with members of Black Joe Lewis and Grammy Award winners Grupo Fantasma.
Today La Guerrilla is celebrating the release of their first official music video for their song “Erika.” The song is a step in a different direction from the band’s early world music and punk rock en Español fusion. From their latest EP Adiós La La Land ?, “Erika” shows the more romantic side of the group. Shot on South Congress and Auditorium Shores, La Guerrilla frontman Enrique Rumiche directed the video with C.J. Robles.
Watch the music video for “Erika” below.
Our set list varies according to venue and show length. We accommodate as much as possible to fit the occasion, we do strip down to do acoustic sets. Our songlist consists mainly of original material and the occasional cover (Spanish or English).
There are no upcoming dates at this time.