Los Pirañas reveal with humor, noise, none solemnity and a hard groove lysergic surprise the psychedelic connections between champeta, afrobeat, rock, and cumbia.
“It would be sinful not to mention Los Pirañas in any discussion about contemporary Colombian music.” - The Quietus (UK)
This is the South American psychedelic sound of the 21st Century: Los Pirañas!
Imagine a lysergic encounter between Andres Landero´s dark cumbia, Konono´s distorted trance, Ceramic Dog´s sophisticated rawness, tropical afrobeat and an out of control computer.
For more than 20 years Eblis Álvarez (Meridian Brothers), Mario Galeano (Frente Cumbiero, Ondatrópica) and Pedro Ojeda (Romperayo) have known each other, played together and explored a wide variety of Latin American rhythms. These three high school friends have dug in deep into the roots of vallenato, Peruvian chicha, champeta, afrobeat, cumbia, rock n´roll and noise to make way to the original style of Los Pirañas. Together they have created a new and powerful way to energize the Latin alternative music scene from within the dance floor.
Their debut album Toma Tu Jabón Kapax is deliberately strident and yet you can easily dance to it. It has been released three times (Festina Lente 2011, Vampisoul 2012, La Roma Records 2016) in different parts of the world and it has become one of Colombia´s independent music treasures.
In 2013 they released a 7” single with Chicago-based punk label Alona´s Dream. In 2014 they recorded their last album, La Diversión Que Hacía Falta En Mi País, in collaboration with Quantic (Will Holland) who recorded some of the tracks on tape and mixed them live. This album was released independently as a 7” EP and a cassette by U.S. label Tapes From The Gates. On March 3rd, 2016 it will be released as a 12” LP by the European label Staubgold.
During 2018, Los Pirañas have toured South America twice, and they briefly toured Mexico in September. The band also played a series of European dates which included an appearance at festivals such as Best Kept Secret (Netherlands) and Mai au Parc (Switzerland) during the month of june, as they get ready to go back to the studio and work on their new album to be released in 2019.
Los Pirañas have stunned audiences and critics from all over the world including important stages such as Roskilde (Denmark), Berghain (Germany), Best Kept Secret and Into The Great Wide Open (Netherlands), FMM Sines (Portugal), Nrmal (Mexico), AM-PM (Cuba), El Mapa de Todos (Brazil), Estéreo Picnic (Colombia), Cultura Libre (Peru) and many more.
What the press is saying about Los Pirañas….
“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 (UK)
“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; vallenato noise-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 (US)
Los Pirañas make their lysergic mix of cumbia, chicha, electronica and distortion go straight to your blood flow.” – Shock (Colombia)
“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 Colors (UK)
“Colombia's Los Pirañas churned out an endearing stream of psychedelic rock fused with South American influences that blew the roof off the intimate Gloria stage (Roskilde Festival).” - The Local (Denmark)
“Three bold musicians who command the most sophisticated and irreverent projects of Colombian music right now.” - Red Bull Panamerika (Mexico)
“…They have an extremely infectious show. Besides being an incredible band, Los Pirañas are a chimera.” – Noisey (Colombia)