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
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Motel - Dime Ven