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LA GUERRILLA / Press

“An Austin band for you this time. La Guerrilla is a high energy group of musicians that will keep you moving. The Latin music powerhouse will be performing this Thursday, Apr 1 (no joke!). I’m a white boy with no rhythm and listening to La Guerilla makes me want to get out my seat and jump around.”

“ One word comes to mind when watching La Guerrilla perform live: energy. And tons of it. With the mix of guitar, bass, trumpet, violin, trombone, drums and vocals, there’s too much of a good thing, too much insanity—all one can do is dance. Their EP of five songs, which includes a 45-second intro of sound in between the second and third track, has the power to unleash the party animal within anyone.”

“The opening chords of “Erika,” the first song on La Guerrilla’s latest EP, Adios Lala Land, signal the continued expansion and sophistication of Austin’s rising rock/latin/hybrid group. It sounds less like the bombastic dance music of the group’s self-titled debut EP and more like the studied compositions of a gifted songwriter. Adios Lala Land is better produced than La Guerrilla’s previous (excellent) offering, and the songs are better. La Guerrilla is moving beyond the generic trappings rote descriptions of their music would suggest. This is not a straight Latin Rock (or World Music) band. This is a group that uses the sounds of different countries and genres to make its mark. Now, can we get a full album of this?”

“I was impressed by the mix of sounds that these two tracks offer. While "Ganas No Me Faltan" combines Reggae with an eclectic Gypsy sound, "Los Besos" has a very Tejano flavor to it. La Guerilla is, in fact, a very innovative band that does not stick to just one sound. Because of this, the band has been presented with different labels ranging from plain Latin Alternative to Bilingual International Experimental Pop.”

“A big-band caravan led by transcontinental hustler Enrique Rumiche, La Guerrilla's combat rock en Español takes a subtle turn on second EP Adios Lala Land?. "Erika" busks with the simple sincerity of Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records, not unlike the ballad "Blueprint." Upbeat popper "High (Lilliput Mix)" gets a dance remix, but La Guerrilla knows when to break out the piñata, as evidenced by the three-quarter turn in "En Cualquier Momento," a gypsy ska number with a South American twist.”

"Segundo EP de la banda internacional de Austin, Texas, La Guerrilla, liderada por el peruano Enrique Rumiche (musica y letras). La Guerrilla nos presenta un excelente disco lleno de reggae, ska y rock latino, para ser mas precisos. Cuatro temas bien pronunciados y llevados directamente a tu alma en baladas. Sus composiciones le dan a la banda una descripcion de impaciencia persistente, dando a conocer los diferentes estados de sentimientos desde la calma, a leves euforicas melodias determinando un final (dando una imagen mas clara del ser humano en musica). Los arreglos son llevados y justificados naturalmente por las reacciones obvias de donde fueron inspirados: el amor, la soledad, la nostalgia, tristeza y confianza. Estos temas estan bien eflejados en sus letras y musica. Erika, En Cualquier Momento, Blue Prints y el ultimo tema High son hits verdaderos. Puedes escuchar todos sus temas y ver sus videos en su pagina web. Este ano grabaran su primer disco de larga duracion."

“Austin-based Latin fusion band La Guerrilla is the brainchild of Peruvian singer-songwriter Enrique Rumiche. With one of the most original sounds in Austin, the group incorporates elements of punk, ska and reggae with traditional Latin rhythms. Early on in their career, the band branded their music as “gypsy-punk.” Currently La Guerrilla is preparing to record their first full length record, collaborating with members of Black Joe Lewis and Grammy Award winners Grupo Fantasma. Today La Guerrilla is celebrating the release of their first official music video for their song “Erika.” The song is a step in a different direction from the band’s early world music and punk rock en Español fusion. From their latest EP Adiós La La Land ?, “Erika” shows the more romantic side of the group. Shot on South Congress and Auditorium Shores, La Guerrilla frontman Enrique Rumiche directed the video with C.J. Robles. Watch the music video for “Erika” below.”

“Esta semana La Guerrilla, el grupo originario Austin Texas , con su lider Enrique Rumiche compositor, cantante, guitarrista , Paul Joseph Loney III y su trombonista y rappero Zumbi han lanzado su primer video el cual se trata de la canción Erika extraída de su más reciente material “ Adios Lala Land” Enrique comenta como nace la canción: “Erika” es una canción que nació en South Congress en Austin, Tx. Recuerdo que estaba con mi amigo Alejandro García, de la banda NO REY (ahora en Seattle) jugando billar en TROPHY’S ( Bar en Austin Texas ) . Y me pidieron cantar algo y tenía muchas ganas de cantar la canción de “Swingers” “You are nobody til somebody loves you” de Dean Martin. Pero, por supuesto, después de un par de cervezas (los que me conocen) Yo estaba hasta el tope y escogimos por accidente una canción de Frank Sinatra “When somebody loves you“. Y así como llegó , literalmente se iluminó de alegría, brindamos ahí y tengo ese recuerdo”

“Austin's hardest-working latin-rock band has received some hometown love from the Austin City Council. May 27th, 2010 will be declared La Guerrilla Day in Austin. A ceremony will take place at 5:30 PM on the 27th where La Guerrilla will play a song in the Council chambers. After the performance the band will receive a Proclamation and will thank their fans for the support.”

“As they move closer to their first full-length album, Austin’s hardworking Latin Rock/World Pop outfit La Guerrilla has released a new music video for “Erika,” one of the winning songs off of the band’s last EP, the exemplary Adios Lala Land. Filming took place on location in Austin, so check to see if you can spot the landmarks. The performance by lead actress Katie Lesnick is natural and quite successful, perfectly fitting the tone of the video. It’s a leisurely visual approach to an ambling, serene pop composition. Also, its POV shooting style sets it apart stylistically and effectively sets up the video’s “surprise” climax. ”

“Heralded by plethora of local bloggers as Austin's unofficial "Next Up-Coming Band" La Guerrilla's six man ensemble seamlessly fuses world and contemporary influences in an energetic display of unbridled style that is completely their own." Their toe-tapping mixture of “acoustic punk, gipsy Latin, folk rock, ska techno” struck a chord with the Austin City Council who recently made May 27th “La Guerrilla Day”. The piercing gipsy violin, reminiscent of Gogol Bordello, compliments the vocal diversity of singer Enrique Rumiche who employs the late spirit of Sublime frontman, Brad Nowell when belting out harmonies and vigorous interjections in both Spanish and English. The Hush folk-pop element in La Guerrilla’s repertoire completes their ability to create music that is both universally enjoyable and infinitely repeatable.”

“Throw any kind of descriptors at La Guerrilla – Latin rock, funk, pop, soul, hip-hop – and they'll all stick. But probably the best way to convey what the genre-bending six-piece sounds like is to put it this way: it's a band where members who individually love Gogol Bordello, Björk, Flaming Lips, At the Drive In and Chico Mann can feel at home with one another. "Among a group of more than two dozen acts in the festival headlined by Grammy winners Ozomatli, La Guerrilla has a tacos-meets-collard greens-meets-tabbouleh-style blend that allows the band appeal to a cross-section of fans." (continued)”

“Elsewhere on the local front, La Guerilla proved a mob squad with zoot suit riots that alternately pulled from the ska-pop of Sublime, the gypsy punk of Gogol Bordello, and Mano Negra's Patchanka.”

“Then we headed to Club De Ville where we writhed till almost 2 a.m. to horn-tastic La Guerrilla alongside Amanda Garcia, Gina Marie Chavez, Jodi Beth Granado and Erin Ivey. This is a seriously fun group. ...”

“Enrique Rumiche's calling card remains La Guerrilla's eponymous EP from 2009, a ska-bleated scuffle of South American rock. From the frontman's Eugene Hütz-esque accent to an Argentine swagger recalling Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, the 19-minute disc (and group itself) also comes with a secret weapon besides the live sextet's brass: Liza McCown on violin”

“La Guerrilla is an ensemble of bilingual musicians that combines the best flavors from around the world for a sound that is totally unique and fun. They're a little bit pop, a little bit Latin, a little bit gypsy, and a whole lot of good energy. Expect to witness some great showmanship with props such as accordions, megaphones, and motorcycle helmets. The rhythm of La Guerrilla is gonna get you and will have you dancing until your chanclas fall apart!”

“Austin Music Awards Best Latin Rock, 1. Los Lonely Boys 2. Vitera 3. Grupo Fantasma 4. Vallejo 5. Texas Tornados 6. Patricia Vonne 7. La Guerrilla 8. Maneja Beto 9. Boca Abajo 10. Hector Ward & the Big Time”

“La Guerrilla is one of my favorite new bands. They're just fun to watch. They have so much energy and they lack any pretense. Their music is a little bit Latin, a little bit punky. Kinda gyspsy, kinda South American. What I like most is that they're not afraid to experiment with different sounds. They seem to thrive on experimentation, in fact. The band used to have trombone, but now they have flute. They have a hypeman who blows whistles, makes sound effects and shouts through a megaphone (in addition to playing auxiliary percussion). And WTF with this helmet instrument thing in the video above? None of this seems gimmicky, however, because the end result is inevitably a well-written song that's fun to experience live. The song above is called "Tabla Surfer" and is featured on their new self-titled CD.”

"Ganas no me faltan" by La Guerrilla on NPR's Alt. Latino playlist

"Austin's boys of summer, the Bright Light Social Hour has been tapped to headline the Chronicle's annual Hot Sauce Festival at Waterloo Park on Aug. 28, alongside teen sensations Schmillion, rock en Español riot squad La Guerrilla, and funk massage therapists Foot Patrol"

“Ian predicts that The White White Lights will soon be the hot new blogger buzz. With their EP set to be released this Saturday, the blogger expects that sites ranging from Brooklyn Vegan to Hype Machine will soon catch and latch on to these indie darlings, who he deems “this year’s Ume”. Another local band he sees coming out of the woodwork is the Latin band, La Guerrilla. With an incredible live show and full ensemble band, Morales has noticed the group beginning to push the limits of the local Latin circle in an effort to make it big. And already harboring a cult following, he feels that La Guerrilla will easily make the big scene transition.”

“What are the challenges specific to new music performed by Latinos being heard in Austin? Enrique Rumiche: The biggest challenge for Latino musicians in Austin is the stereotype of Latin music being “brown”. I’m originally from Peru, and I grew up listening to Nirvana, European techno, Sinatra, Afro- Peruvian music, Merengue and more. So just because I don’t write a “cumbia” or “salsa” song means that I’m not Latino? I think that if Latin blogs, mags and media in general emphasized the quality of the artists, asking questions like “what is this person (of Latin descent, or born there) bringing to the table?” instead of emphasizing the “pride” factor it would help more. ”

“Austin’s La Guerrilla is one of the best around when it comes to combining the best of ska, indie rock. pop and traditional Latin American music. The band’s musical make up includes everything from guitars, a percussion section, violin, brass and an even an occasional megaphone. Led by the prolific Enrique Rumiche, La Guerrilla is one of Austin’s hardest working bands and have really built a name for themselves performing everywhere from Pecan Street Festivals to bars on 6th Street and everywhere in between.”

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