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Listen to Painkiller

CANDY is an independent Mexican Post-punk New-wave band that was formed in 2005. They are 3 multi-national musicians that were born and raised in various parts of the planet, before meeting in Mexico where they have known each other and played together since their teens. CANDY wants to surprise, awake, make people dance inside and outside themselves to their sometimes quirky, playful, noisy, other times elegant, intense and dark music and lyrics. Their always varying inspiration sources are Psychoanalysis, Scandinavian films, German literature and Mexican lifestyle.
They have released an LP Stranger (2009) and have an upcoming second LP Control to be released in February 2012, which was produced by Café Tacvba’s Joselo Rangel and Liquits’ Ro Velázquez.

Michael Klotz : guitars and vocals
Valentina Plasa: bass and vocals
Hector Villagomez: drums

STRANGER. LP. (2009)
The album includes 10 tracks in English that were signed with Mexican indie label Diablito Records, published by Warner Chappell and distributed by Warner Music Mexico.
It was recorded at Studio SixSixSix in Mexico City, produced by Diego Aguirre, mixed by Jason Carmer (who has worked with Korn, The Donnas), and mastered by Emily Lazar and Joe LaPorta (who have worked with David Bowie, Vampire Weekend) at The Lodge in New York.
The single “Party with a stranger” had major public RADIO airplay at Ibero 90.9. The band also played live sessions for Ibero 90.9, Reactor 105.7 and internet radio station Grita Radio.
The VIDEO for the song “Painkiller” was directed by Oliver Izquierdo and was aired in Canal Once. It can be watched here:
In MEDIA, CANDY was reviewed and written about in newspapers and magazines such as Rolling Stone Mexico, Marvin, Warp magazine, Indie Rocks, Playboy Mexico, Excélsior, El Economista, El Universal, Sound:check, Chilango, and several national blogs such as,, la mosca en la red,, and international blogs such as Music Alliance Pact, SPIN Earth, Zonagirante (Colombia) and El Vernáculo (Argentina). They were filmed and interviewed by IndioTV, Publimetro, Televisa Laguna, and Canal Once/Central Once.
Stranger was nominated for Best punk/garage album at the Indie O Music Awards 2010.

CONTROL (upcoming album, 2012)
The 11-track LP Control was produced by Joselo Rangel (Café Tacvba) and Ro Velázquez (Liquits) and recorded in June 2011 at “Fresno Estudio” (studio of Liquits) (except the song “Despertar” which was produced by Joselo Rangel and recorded at “Fresno Estudio” and “El Ensayo” (studio of Café Tacvba) in September 2010, and the song “El entierro” which was recorded during March 2011 at “Fresno Estudio”). It was mixed by Jason Carmer and mastered by Tom Baker (who has worked with Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson) at Precision Mastering in Los Angeles.
The lyrics of this album are completely in Spanish and the album has more musical variations than the previous one. Its first single “Despertar” was released in November 2010 and had major public radio airplay at Reactor 105.7. The second single “El entierro” was released in May 2011 and also had major public radio airplay at Reactor 105.7, Ibero 90.9 and RMX (which airs in 8 different cities in Mexico). The single “El entierro” has already been included in several Best-singles-of-2011 lists such as, Ibero 90.9, Mercado Negro (Ibero 90.9), and

The band has played in Mexico City at:
Festival Vive Latino 2011
Festival Marvin 2011
Goliath Festival 2009
Hard Rock Live (opening act for The Misfits)
Six Flags
Lunario del Auditorio Nacional
Foro Alicia
El Bataclán
Tokyo Pop
Salón Pata Negra
Casa Hilvana
Outside of Mexico City, CANDY has played in Morelia, Querétaro, Toluca, Monterrey, Cuernavaca, Acapulco, Campeche and Torreón.
They are planning to tour in March 2012 throughout several northern cities of Mexico heading on their way to Austin, Texas to play at SXSW.

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