The Argentine/NYC punk rocker trades in his fast acoustic thrashers to cover the raw heartbreak of classic South American cumbia.
Currently, if you stream Tall Juan you only hear acoustic guitar-driven Ramones-esque songs like “Far Rockaway” or “I Wish I Knew.” He even covers the classic 1970s punk anthem “Chinese Rock” by Dee Dee Ramone and Richard Hell. But that’s all changing with the release of Tall Juan Plays Cumbia.
On Tall Juan Plays Cumbia, his first release since 2017, Juan gets in touch with his Latin roots, singing Spanish romance classics that make you want to wiggle your hips and clap your hands.
“Vienes Y Te Vas,” the first release, shows Juan’s sweeter side using traditional South American instruments like the guacharaca and tambora, alongside Juan’s trademark classical acoustic guitar.
He pours his emotions into the Spanish lyrics, singing a story about a confusing love. The song title means “You Come, You Come and You Go” and has lyrics that translate to, “I don’t know if I’m happy far away from you/ I’m not happy being with you” and “one day you love me, the next you forget me”— describing that heart-wrenching, yet passionate relationship we can all relate to.
Be the first to hear it below before its release on Dec. 16 and catch Tall Juan live at the release show Dec. 20 with Brooklyn’s post-punk/ art-rockers Future Punx.