Saturday, April 22, 2006

Rock: Los Bunkers, Motel


Los Bunkers have seen a steep rise over the last few years: from playing Kinks and Beatles covers at Chilean pub gigs in 2000, to a pan-American fourth album release in 2005 (Vida de Perros). The album sounds fresh and straightforward, crystal-clear guitars accented by smooth keyboards or heavy solos when necessary. Maybe Alvaro Lopez isn't the best singer, but his flaws are compensated by the fabulous guitar interaction between Mauricio and Francisco Durán. "Llueve Sobre La Ciudad" is the first single off the album.


Motel are another poppy rock band, from Mexico, together with Argentina the only Latin American country with a commercial music industry. Which means they have a well-oiled promotional machine to support them, and with results: it has been ages since a non-ballad, non-salsa song reached #1 on Mexican radio charts, but Motel's first single did it. "Dime Ven" has a clever guitar riff and a catchy chorus, quite different of the other songs on their self-titled debut album (which is composed of mostly Coldplay or Travis influenced poprock, and even a few unnecessary ballads). Rodrigo Dayila's voice is probably more suited for the ballads, but he manages allright in the rock songs too. We'll hear a lot from this band, I predict!

Los Bunkers - Llueve Sobre La Ciudad mp3 video buy@iTunes
Motel - Dime Ven mp3 video

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

no se ingles... pero, me molesto mucho lo que pusiste respecto a que el hermoso alvaro lopez no es buen cantante, con eso demostraste que no tienes idea de los bunkers... alvaro lopez es muy talentoso, tiene una voz genial, que va entre lo afinado y desafinado, eso es su particularidad!... si no sabes, no opines, por favor!!!...

Chapín said...

no importa que no sabes inglés, aqui hablamos todos los idiomas ;)

puedo adivinar que eres fanatico de Los Bunkers, y tienes razón que no sé nada del grupo - como soy de Bélgica :) este sitio es una opinión de un extranjero sobre la musica latina.. yo probablemente no he escuchado bastantes canciónes de Los Bunkers para apreciar la peculiaridad de la voz de Alvaro Lopez

pero si conoces más canciones que podrían figurar aqui en la pagina, siempre me las puedes mandar!

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el_brujo said...

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Anonymous said...

"it has been ages since a non-ballad, non-salsa song reached #1 on Mexican radio charts"
México NO es un país en el que la salsa sea popular! claro que siempre hay gente a la que le gusta pero de ahí a que llegue a tener un numero 1... muuuuy lejos!