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Monareta

Latin Rock

Bogotá COLOMBIA

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COLOMBIAN ELECTRO DUB CUMBIA ACT MONARETA “Their infectious cumbia-laden mix makes it impossible to stand still.” - KCRW “The Colombian-born team have been churning out their style of danceable electro-cumbia and breakbeat since 2000, influenced both by their home country and Brooklyn's electro scene... and just as cutting edge.” - RCRD LBL “Colombia's most progressive deejay duo of the moment.” - NY DAILY NEWS “For Monareta, nods to forró, spectral dub and super-retarded ’80s synth-pop show off versatility that would most certainly bloom into Day-Glo intensity with a booming system and a sweaty dance floor.” – TIME OUT NEW YORK New Album ‘Fried Speakers’ Is Set For Release October 12th; It Is The Follow-Up To Critically-Acclaimed Album ‘Picotero’ Which Was Featured In High-Profile Placements From “Pride & Glory” (Warner Pictures) To “Ugly Betty” (ABC) Just This Year, Monareta Has Rocked Major Stages From Colombia’s Rock Al Parque Festival To Belgium’s Antilliaanse Festival And From Stockholm To Berlin Colombian electronica act Monareta is back with new album ‘Fried Speakers’ out October 12th. The group drew critical raves for their previous release, ‘Picotero,’ with tracks licensed to high-profile productions like Warner Pictures film “Pride & Glory” and the ABC hit drama “Ugly Betty.” They packed rooms with tours from SXSW to Los Angeles and Denver to New York City. Just in the past year, Monareta has taken their show to the globe, from Colombia’s Rock Al Parque Festival to Belgium’s Antilliaanse Festival and from Stockholm to Berlin. With their new album, Monareta elevates their exploration of dub and cumbia sounds to the next level. “On ‘Fried Speakers,’ we head deep into the genre of rocksteady, paying tribute to the Jamaican icon Alton Ellis, who passed away recently,” says lead vocalist/guitarist Andres Martinez. “We also experimented with styles like merecumbe, which is an awesome fusion of cumbia and the Dominican genre merengue. Our recording process now involves an in-studio drummer, Sergio Medina, and I’ve also been putting the guitars into over-drive, re-discovering my post-punk days of the 90s.” “The overall concept is similar to ‘Picotero,” Martinez continues. “A balance of lyrical and instrumental songs with the goal of making an album that can serve as a soundtrack for any road, sea, jungle… or city. Inspiration for sounds on the album range from fish frying on a pan to a crazy distorted speaker and a freaky human to the vibrations of the Walls of Jericho.” Different aspects of the sea play a large role throughout ‘Fried Speakers.’ “The tracks ‘El Combate del Parlante’ and ‘Hotel Eskal’ are inspired by the lives of two close friends of the band that have what we consider to be one of the most admirable professions: fishermen,” Martinez says. “Every morning, these guys set out for the fight of their life.” Martinez attributes particular Spanish influence to the two tracks “Las Rutas del Mar” and “Gitana Llorana.” “‘Las Rutas del Mar” was inspired by an old love that I had when I was living in the coastal city of Valencia, Spain,” he explains. “I felt sort of trapped in the space within the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic, and Pacific coasts. There are such strong currents, yet no where to really get to.” “‘Gitana Llorana’ digs back into history, tracing the adventures of the first ‘cantadores ida y vuelta,’ Spanish gypsies who came to the original Colombian colony,” Martinez says. “When they returned to Spain, they had created a new flamenco style called ‘Colombiana.’ This song pays tribute to that era.’” Songs like title track “Fried Speaker” and “Arrastrado” were developed and recorded in live studio jams between the group’s studios in Bogota and Brooklyn. The intent was to capture the raw energy and atmospheric sounds of the space. Monareta is at once intelligent and danceable—a unique fusion of styles refined over several years since Martinez started mixing break beats and hip hop flows with live keyboard performances with Camilo Sanabria. The duo became popular in clubs and electronic music festivals throughout their hometown of Bogotá. Once Monareta had begun to develop their sound, Martinez received a Fulbright scholarship to pursue a Master of Arts in composition and film scoring at New York University. He moved from Bogotá to New York City and immersed himself in the local experimental music scenes. Monareta found an especially receptive crowd in Brooklyn and Martinez integrated what he was learning with his studies into the group’s cinematic sound. Taking their name from the brand of BMX bike they rode avidly as kids, Monareta makes music that is influenced by a lot of what was cool to them in those formative years. “Growing up, even as young as 11, I was really involved in the local freestyle street bike scene,” Martinez says. “All the street bikers in Colombia were heavily influenced by the break dance and electric boogaloo arriving from the U.S. We heard groups like the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy and they completely changed our lives. And so that’s how we got the name for our group: It’s a homage to the `80s break dance, hip hop, BMX and the fashion scene that came from abroad to influence us in South America.” For more information about Monareta and ‘Fried Speakers’,

Time

Friday March 18

1:00AM

Venue

Copa

21+

217 Congress Ave

Online

www.nacionalrecords.com/artists/monareta

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