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Rey Pila is the adolescent child of the ’80’s electronic band Depeche Mode and David Bowie during his Diamond Dog days, that was left to be raised by Iggy Pop at the height of his wildness. They have a synthy sound doused with edge and tenderness, led by deep vocals and catchy melodies.
Rey Pila, spanish for “King Battery,” started as a solo project of Diego Solórzano, lead vocalists, and now consist of Rodrigo Blanco, Andrés Velasco and Miguel Hernández–also members of Solórzano’s previous band Los Dynamites, which were wildy popular in their home town of Mexico City. Though based there, Solórzano confesses that they’ve played New York City more times than there and feels as if NYC is a second home to them.
All photos courtesy of Rey Pila
Also, if you like The Strokes you’re going to love Rey Pila! Strokes frontman, Julian Casablancas, signed Rey Pila to his record label, Cult Records, back in 2013 and has been producing and working with the band ever since. Solórzano says the two of them just clicked when it came to music, he even takes credit for introducing Casablancas to the band Depeche Mode.
Recently, they opened for The Strokes at Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY for a sold-out show. They’re currently back home in Mexico City, but are working on new material–Solórzano plans on having a new record released by next year, with the help of Casablancas.
They’re full length record, “The Future Sugar,” released last year on Cult Records, also had some touches here and there by Casablancas–having produced the first three songs on the album. It’s they type of record you’re going to want to play over and over again, you won’t be able to get enough of!
So, listen to this weeks Discovery Corner and get hooked to Rey Pila like we have, and make sure to stalk them on all the social media outlets!
Also, don’t forget to check out the Discovery Artist feature on Rey Pila!
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