CURARE is a Band from Quito, Ecuador that mixes native folkloric sounds and Afro-Ecuadorian Rythms with hard rock.
CURARE’s music can be defined as Longo-Metal , an Ecuadorian, Latin-American reinterpretation of various currents of hard rock. Mestizo music, or musical mestization, combines the extreme sounds of Andean and Afro rhythms (Andean flutes, zampoñas, rondador) with distorted guitars and hard core rhythms. The resulting sound is a celebration of young Andean rock.
In the non-musical world, Curare is the paralyzing substance that indigenous people in the South American Amazon place on their arrow darts used in the blow-guns. Rarely do they miss a shot.
Since early 2001, CURARE has been the most prominent band within the Ecuadorian Rock circuit. Holding themselves within Radio Latina’s Top Ten during the entire 2004 year, Curare is the only band within the extreme rock genre to perform multiple times in Ecuador’s “Teatro Nacional” or National Theater- the capital’s most exclusive venue.
On February 2002, the band broke into the national scene by being selected as one of the eight bands nationwide to include two songs on the compilation CD “Desarme Vol 1” and in 2004 their first album titled “Comando Urbano” was released. The album was recorded at IAVQ studios in Quito under the direction of Chilean Sound Engineer Felipe Mardones.
Months after the release of the “Comando Urbano” album, the track “Lluchi Caimanda Gringos” was chosen to form part of the Soundtrack of the Ecuadorian film “Ni Cagando” and in January 2005, CURARE released a music video of the song incorporating images from the film.
In July 2004, CURARE was elected among headlining artists to inaugurate the “Social Forum of the Americas,” held for the first time in Quito- Ecuador, as well as for the closing night of the OCLAE Congress during that same month. Beginning in 2003, CURARE showcased in the largest annual rock festival “Semana del Rock” or Week of Rock, playing side by side with 100 bands from throughout the country. Subsequently, these honors have helped the band maintain their status as a headlining band.
Due to their unique musical fusion, the band has participated in a variety of diverse events unavailable to ordinary rock bands. The first was a performance at the ethnomusicologists colloquium held by countries under the Andres Bello convention. Second, the band played a critical role in the academic work of ethnomusicologist Juan Mullo: “New Notions of Musical Identity”. Lastly, CURARE performed in the native opera “Ayahuasca” written by jazz guitarist Dave West, along with indigenous musicians from three major regions of Ecuador. Curare was also a part of the 2005 Quito Fest, festival in which international bands play alongside Ecuadorian artists with an audience of 30,000 each year. Curare has covered Ecuador’s entire terrain touring playing in coastal, Andean and Jungle regions of the county in cities and towns like El Coca, Guayaquil, Ibarra, Otavalo, Latacunga, Pasaje and Cotacachi.
During the summer of 2005, Curare’s single “Taita Imbabura” was included in the CD compilation “Latino Aphrodisiac Summer 2005” put out by US Rock en Espanol Magazine, BOOM, one of the genre’s major music publications. Later that fall, CDBaby.com chose CURARE’s album “Comando Urbano” as the Editor’s Pick for the week, giving Curare 5 stars and an excellent review. Currently, “Comando Urbano” still remains an Editor’s Favorite under the “Rock en Espanol” category. CURARE was also the first Ecuadorian Band to have their songs available on Itunes.
In June 2006, Curare was invited to attend Canada's most important music festival North By North East (NXNE), in Toronto.
Presently, CURARE is preparing for the international release of their second album “Radical Accion” due out in September 2006 through Ecuador’s rock label, Desarme Records.
* “Longo” is the Quichua word for “Youth or Youngster”. This term has been contemptuously utilized in Ecuadorian society where indigenous people are still viewed as backward or inferior.
** OCLAE-Organización Caribeno Latino Americano de Estudiantes- or Caribbean Organization of Latin American Students.
Written By: CURARE and Guilermo Ubidia
Carabuela no padece nunca de la manuntencion
Porque plantas cultivaron con la sangre y el corazon
Ay si me dejas yo seguiré tocando alegre mi rondador
Ay si me dejas yo seguiré tocando alegre este Reggaeton
Hasta que vuelvas yo seguiré bien embalado con el Hardcore
Hasta que vuelvas yo seguiré dando en el mate con el Hardcore
Carabuela no se vende, porque la tierra es de todos, y todos somos de la tierra, Carabuela no se vende
Carabuela does not ever suffer of external maintenance
Because they cultivated plants, with their blood and with hearts.
Oh, if you let me I will continue happily playing my Rondador
Oh, if you let me I will continue happily playing this Reggaeton
Until you return I will continue real into the hardcore
Until you return I will continue head banging with the hardcore
Carabuela is not for sale, because the Land is for everyone, and we are all from the land, Carabuela is not for sale…
11 de Marzo
Written By: CURARE
Desesperación y Angustia, patria perdida
En sueños muertos de lujo y poder
Viajaron miles muchos sin ganas
Otros sonando lo que alguien vendió
Quien te miente es el que te manda a matar!!!!
De alguna forma volvemos a surgir
Hay que sobrevivir
Atados a una forma de vida
Que sangra y desintegra
Complot allá y aquí
Quien te miente es el que te mata en Irak
Quien te miente es el que te manda a matar
(English Translation comming soon)
-“Comando Urbano” 1st album under Desarme Records (2004) with 13 songs.
-One song in the Movie Soundtrack for the Ecuadorian film "Ni Cagando" (2004)
-Boom Magazine Compilation of new Latin Artists- LAMC edition (2005)
-One song in the Compilation “Che Rock No 1” (2005)
-Two songs in the Compilation “Desarme Vol. 1” (2002)
We have a total repertoire of 26 original songs- which amount to about and hour and a half of play time