Los Pirañas

Dance to this psychedelic connection between champeta, afrobeat, rock and cumbia.

Imagine a lysergic encounter among Andres Landero’s dark cumbia, Konono’s distorted trance, Ceramic Dog’s sophisticated rawness, tropical afrobeat and an out of control computer. This is the South-American psychedelic sound of the XXI Century: Los Pirañas!

For more than 20 year Eblis Alvarez (Meridian Brothers), Mario Galeano (Frente Cumbiero, Ondatropica) and Pedro Ojeda (Romperayo, Sidestepper) have been exposed to Latin-American tropical types of music that for many years (and still these days) have been relegated to the last place of good taste. Vallenato, Peruvian chicha, Colombian raspa, champeta, some African sounds and cumbia in it’s different genres (sabanera, rabajada, sonidera) make part of the new style that Los Pirañas expose in the agitated Colombian music scene.

Their debut album Toma tu Jabón Kapax (Festina Lente 2011, Vampisoul 2012) is deliberately strident and still, you can easily dance to it. In 2013 they released a single on 45rpm with the Chicago punk label Alona’s Dream and a video directed by artist Mateo Rivano and Santiago Mora. A new LP was recorded in June with collaborations with Quantic (Will Hollland) recording on analogue tape and mixed live. Los Pirañas reveal with humor, noise, none solemnity and a hard groove lysergic surprise the psychedelic connections between champeta, afrobeat, rock and cumbia.

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It’s so rare these days to find music that sounds completely fresh, that is in any way different to everything else out there. Los Pirañas are one of those rare finds – Songlines

The groove is totally danceable, in a flail-around-and-jump kinda way, and the layers of sound on top inspire descriptors such as: twelve-tone cumbia; vallenatonoise-rock; Colombia’s answer to Silver Apples – Afropop Worldwide

Los Pirañas bang away delectably with manic, out-there compositions. Pay special attention to the guitars, transformed radically with extra-dimensional effects” – MTV-Iggy

Los Pirañas make their lysergic mix of cumbia, chicha, electronica and distortion go straight to your blood flow – SHOCK

Their music is nothing less than incendiary, featuring the pummelling basslines of Mario Galeano, Pedro Ojeda’s restless funky drums and the boundless tropical experimentalism of Eblis Álvarez on guitar. – Sounds and Colours

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