Los Chinches debut album FONGO released April 2013
Los Chinches are one of the most exciting and cutting edge acts to emerge from the UK Latin scene; a combination of Peruvian percussionists and London bred guitar and keyboard players creating an epic new sound that harnesses the psychedelic twists of Peruvian Cumbia and the urban Ska spirit of London. Namely they draw upon the style of Cumbia developed in Peru in the 1960s - known as 'Chicha' – which, along with their unique rocking tropical energy, makes for blistering live performances.
Now in 2013, they're ready to unleash their debut album FONGO onto the world on April 1st, along with their UK TOUR 2013. The album title, Los Chinches explain, is taken from the name of "a mysterious deity, a visionary and a clown with a taste for jungle liquor and Amazonian beauties... I am Fongo...you are Fongo...we are all Fongo!"
Los Chinches’ line-up reflects the melting pot of the city from which they emerge, and with Peruvian food and culture currently booming in the capital, now is the time for London’s very own Chicha band. Consisting of four Europeans (three from England, one from France) and four Latin American percussionists (three Peruvians and a Colombian), they offer up a unique blend of Chicha with hot Peruvian rhythms going head to head with the amped-up melodies of the London-born keyboard and guitar players.
Since forming in 2009, Los Chinches have blazed a trail across the London scene at an eclectic array of club nights, folk events and rock’n’ roll venues. They have been part of the prestigious Latin music festival La Linea with a performance at the Barbican, they’ve packed dance floors at venues such as Cargo and Rich Mix and they’ve rocked festival stages at Glastonbury, Bestival, The Big Chill and WOMAD. Last year, whilst working on the album, their busy schedule included a tour in the Netherlands, a show at BT London Live (Victoria Park) alongside Ska Cubano and a sell-out gig at the Village Underground in Shoreditch. The Los Chinches 2013 UK Tour kicks off in March. Not forgetting that they’ve graced the cover of F-Roots Magazine as part of a feature on the best new Latin bands coming out of the UK.
"A twangy, tangy mix of surf guitar and hardcore cumbia...this is no prissy-toned respectful revival, this is the real deal....A formidable live force" Froots
"Their debut album is as Day-Glo and brash as its cover featuring wide screen guitar instrumentals... and a keyboard backed homage to cumbia." **** The Guardian
"A joyous rabble of Peruvian cumbia or chicha folk roots, blended with 1960s psych-rock and surf riffs." *** Metro
Yes peoples people... Getting ready for tomorrows big gig at Rich Mix..!
About to enter meditative state for next 12 hours in preparation.
Hit me up in the next few hours for £5 advanced list. See you all then! Abrazos...