Sol D' Menta

Sol D' Menta

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A seductive yet boisterous blend of energy and sounds defines Sol D' Menta, a band that has raised the standard of rock since their emergence in 1994.

Biography

Los Soles, as their fans affectionately call them, is composed of Erick “Jey” Seda on bass, Miguel “Tito” Rodríguez on guitar, Ernesto José “Che” Rodríguez on drums, and dynamic vocalist Omar Hernández—a mighty alliance of musical integrity and creativity reminiscent of older performers.

Sol d’ Menta was the first Puerto Rican rock band to sign with a multinational record label (Polygram). The band catapulted into the music scene with their highly-anticipated first album, “Sol d’ Menta,” which came to life in 1996 and gave rise to the band’s relationship with Polygram Latino. The album sold more than 35,000 copies in Puerto Rico and the U.S., and produced the chart-topping singles "El Inconforme" and "Cachetera."

Their vigorous sophomore album, “El Concepto,” was produced in Los Angeles’ NRG Studios, home of successful productions from the likes of Korn, No Doubt, 311, White Zombie and Fugees, among others. In this project, "Los Soles" worked alongside John Ewing Jr., who worked for 311 and Sugar Ray, and John Avila, former band member and producer of the legendary Oingo Boingo. The album became an instant success, turning out the smash hit "No Voy en Tren," a terrific version of Charlie Garcia's classic song.

In 1999, Sold d’ Menta recorded an independent live album at The Hard Rock Café in San Juan. "Tocando Madera" is an intoxicating acoustic performance of their greatest hits and three additional songs. They were rewarded in 2000 with two nominations for Rock Group and Album of the Year in "Premios Tu Música."

Then came “Insomnio,” a heady production recorded at Bandon's Paradise in Los Angeles. Its first single, "Calle Luna, Calle Sol," a remake of the salsa classic performed by Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe, instantly became one of the Sol d’ Menta’s most recognizable and beloved pieces.

“Vivos” was their fifth album, recorded live during the band’s 2002 concert at the Tito Puente Amphitheater in San Juan. Along with some of Sol d’ Menta’s best original work, the project included powerful collaborative performances with Circo, Cultura Profética, Fiel a la Vega, Los Goyos, Millo Torres, Vialterna, and Vivanativa.

In 2003, Sol d’ Menta received an award for Best Independent Band from the prestigious American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). And between recordings and familial duties, Sol d' Menta has put on extraordinary performances throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico, which have garnered them both respect and international acclaim. They have shared the stage with stars such as Miguel Mateos, Café Tacvba, Fabulosos Cadillacs, Fobia, Maldita Vecindad, Fito Páez, Aterciopelados, Scorpions, Incubus and others, edging their way into a prominent spot among the music industry’s elite.

In 2005, Sol D' Menta began work on their sixth collaboration, cementing their place as a mature ensemble who always keep fresh and exciting ideas up their sleeves.

"Could you be loved" an all-time classic from reggae mastermind Bob Marley is the first single of the new album CICLOS released on August 29, 2006 worldwide. CYBL has entered in high positions in online and viral radio programming. It was become the most added track on Online Radio this summer. "De Vuelta en Ocean Park" is slowly climbing as a favorite in Latin radio stations.

Call it Rock, Latin Rock, or "funkadelicpsychomenta," Sol D' Menta's music maintains the smooth revelation and unpredictable beats that have brought them international praise and admiration.

Lyrics

Could You Be Loved?

Written By: Bob Marley

Could you be loved and be loved?
Could you be loved and be loved?

Dont let them fool ya,
Or even try to school ya! oh, no!
Weve got a mind of our own,
So go to hell if what you're thinking is not right!
Love would never leave us alone,
A-yin the darkness there must come out to light.

Could you be loved and be loved?
Could you be loved, wo now! - and be loved?

(the road of life is rocky and you may stumble too,
So while you point your fingers someone else is judging you)
Love your brotherman!
(could you be - could you be - could you be loved?
Could you be - could you be loved?
Could you be - could you be - could you be loved?
Could you be - could you be loved? )

Dont let them change ya, oh! -
Or even rearrange ya! oh, no!
Weve got a life to live.
They say: only - only -
Only the fittest of the fittest shall survive -
Stay alive! eh!

Could you be loved and be loved?
Could you be loved, wo now! - and be loved?

(you aint gonna miss your water until your well runs dry;
No matter how you treat him, the man will never be satisfied.)
Say something! (could you be - could you be - could you be loved?
Could you be - could you be loved? )
Say something! say something!
(could you be - could you be - could you be loved? )
Say something! (could you be - could you be loved? )
Say something! say something! (say something!)
Say something! say something! (could you be loved? )
Say something! say something! reggae, reggae!
Say something! rockers, rockers!
Say something! reggae, reggae!
Say something! rockers, rockers!
Say something! (could you be loved? )
Say something! uh!
Say something! come on!
Say something! (could you be - could you be - could you be loved? )
Say something! (could you be - could you be loved? )
Say something! (could you be - could you be - could you be loved? )
Say something!

Ciclos

Written By: M. Rodriguez, E. Seda, O. Hernandez

Cíclico el andar, y cíclica es la vida
Con el polvo comienza y en el polvo se termina

Suertes de ruleta, y acciones de rutina
No nos damos cuenta y el tiempo se nos cae encima

Coro Ciclos, ser único es el mito de la creación
Ciclos, a veces buena suerte pero a veces no.

Vamos cultivando igual que destruyendo
Y nos olvidamos que nos están viendo

Las ciencias son blasfemias y el dinero es gran tesoro
Que cambia cualquier corazón y acaba con todo.

Coro

¿Son miles o es una, la verdad o las mentiras?
La envidia mata de a dos, naufragando a la deriva.

Should Be one

Written By: M. Rodriguez, E. Seda, O. Hernandez

La vida fluye y no concluye, el final es creación
Unos bajan y otros suben, yo sigo mi propia dirección.

No le temo al final, solo quisiera llegar
El destino yo lo escribo con mi propia voluntad
Es difícil de entender la maldad en cada quién
Nadie tiene ya sospecha sobre que esta mal o bien

CORO
There is no other way, we should be one
This is our only chance, we should be one

Porque razón, la evolución, no se cansa de crear
Somos una desilusión, hemos perdido la razón

Que fácil es odiar, dejar que se apodere la maldad
Rendirse y sentir esa furia crecer, y poderse desquitar
Que fácil es odiar, nunca perdonar, nunca olvidar
Nos dominan los malos sentimientos, engañando el corazón, destruyendo
Cegando la verdad que aun es un misterio encadenándonos a lo obscuro
Buscando un pretexto

CORO

Life goes on, on and on and on...

Discography

CICLOS
August 29, 2006

VIVOS
May 24, 2002

INSOMNIO
July 13, 2001

TOCANDO MADERA
April 25, 2000

EL CONCEPTO
June 16, 1998

SOL D' MENTA
June 18, 1996

Set List

Ciclos
Castigos y Recompensas
De Vuelta En Ocean Park
Indigo
Could You Be Loved
Should Be One
Cuarta Dimension
Fantasma
Muy Tarde Ya
El Velo De La Verdad
Calle Luna, Calle Sol
Locomotora
Sentido Contrario