Henry Mena

Henry Mena

 New York City, New York, USA

Power pop with equal emphasis on both: crunchy and sweet. Also, solo acoustic in singer/songwriter vein.


Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter who for more than a decade (1992-2004) led the pioneering Rock en Español act La Ruta. Afterwards, performed solo to promote first English-language release, the acoustic EP, The Avatar Sessions and the upcoming full-length, full-band album Beautiful Insults and Compromises.

Born in New York City but raised in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Mena was originally a drummer, later switching to bass and singing in various Santiago-area bands. After moving back to NYC and formally switching to guitar, Mena formed La Ruta in 1992. In the latter part of their decade-plus run he was the band's sole songwriter.

While his own music has close stylistic ties to both power pop and the singer/songwriter vein, the breadth of Mena's musical interests is quite ample, as evidenced by his work with metal act JLS, latin jazz heavies Sonido Isleno, and electronica artist/producer Nova (now leading critical darlings Pacha Massive).


Henry Mena
The Avatar Sessions EP (2002)
Producer, vocals, guitar.

The Henry Mena Ego Trip
Beautiful Insults and Compromises (2008)
Producer, vocals, guitar, bass, keys.

La Ruta
Amarillo Pollito EP --cassette only--(1996)
Producer, vocals, guitar, bass.

La Ruta
...Adios, Ruperto (1998)
Producer, vocals, guitar, bass.

La Ruta
Bailando en la Tierra de los Zombies EP (2000)
Producer, vocals, guitar, bass, programming.

Other Credits:

Sonido Isleño / El Asunto (1999)

JLS / Serpiente En El Huerto (2001)
Background vocals.

Set List

Songs are original with the occasional cover thrown in.