RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW CALIFORNIAN BAND LOS SINDES
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Growing up listening to classic records from classic rock to Metal, Latin rock, and jazz. The band shared similar upbringings of growing up around musicians or musically oriented people that simply ignited the spark. This pushed us down the path to learning and writing our own music.
Introduce us to all the members and your musical history.
Zito is from Peru and was brought up on classic rock, metal, 80s rock and latin rock and was passed on the gift of guitar and bass playing from his dad and from then on he ventured to shred on his own down the way.
Rodri-He was brought up on Latin boleros and trios, usually comprised of three guitarists with different size guitars. Later on he picked up jazz of all forms, from classic, latin, and Japanese fusion as well as classick rock from the 60s-80s
Manu-He was brought up on classic rock and various form of latin music from boleros, cumbias, salsa but the main focus was 80s and 90s latin rock from his family showing him music over the years.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Funny enough, this is our first one so none just yet.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
We love that honestly, we want to be as international as possible. Spanish is beautiful and the sound of Latin immigrant rock In itself is international. So keep it up, please!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Not really honestly, we try to stay away from those. No comment.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Some minor purchases really, nothing major
What useless party trick do you have?
Zito does coin magic tricks and Manu can twist his tongue around in full 360, Rodri knows how to play tears in heaven perfectly and will play it any chance he is allowed
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Zito and Rodri used to play in a group before Los Sindes and recall having a great time at Joy Gallery in San Francisco and Manu played the August Hall with another group a few years back and truly felt like it was a great show.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Zito and Rodri played a show at the Gilman in Oakland a few years back that could have been better and Manu played a show on tour out in Chino Hills that was so dead only the friends showed up.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Rodri-He can come off shy or reserved but once engaged in conversation he is very energetic and social
Zito-He is actually in a Master’s Program while we write music so the man can do it all
Manu-He is actually a pretty good dancer and once on the dance floor people get a bit confused
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Birg Zarp Krigon Zok Larkon Lavi- and honestly hope that they get what we mean
What makes you stand out as a band?
Not only are we all Latino, but two of us are immigrants and we are playing 80s rock in Spanish with our touch. Not many bands tend to dive into New Wave/Pos Punk in the direction we feel like we’re taking. We hope to find more honesty.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
An upcoming track that we will be recording next month, “La Muerte Ayer” is honestly one of our favorites. We play it live whenever we can.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?
We focused our sound on 80s rock and the new wave and post punk sound of Latin America/Spain and add on our own individual influences and touches to bring back a sound with a new taste
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
This single was actually written 4 years ago, but Zito and Manu took a hiatus from the band. With Rodri in the mix they polished it and wrote the vocal melody and lyrics in 15 minutes together. It talks about mainly longing for more, for people, it really is a beautiful track with wistful tones but dancy feels.
What was the recording process like?
Super fun, super quick also, the full EP of 4 tracks was done in 2 days. Its not our first time in studio, we all have had separate encounters with recording so it wasn’t our first rodeo.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
The project begun 4 years ago, Zito and Manu wrote around 8 tracks then and kept them in the vault. Rodri came in this year and we wrote 3 more so we are in the process of getting them in the studio and polishing them. For now the people will get 4 tunes to start with.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Yes and no. We know there’s a learning curve and there’s a process. We are very excited with how the public will receive the tracks. We really wanted to give them that tasty 80s chorus pedal feeling.