July 13, 2016
Money Chicha | Echo En Mexico
TITLE: Echo En Mexico
Money Chicha is a new band from Austin led by bassist Greg Gonzalez of Grupo Fantasma and Brownout and featuring several members of those two bands. The three projects share players but have distinct identities: Grammy-winning flagship Fantasma plays pan-Latin funk with a wide variety of influences, Brownout is darker with a heavy metal and Afro-futurist tinge, and all-instrumental Money Chicha specializes in cumbia and especially chicha, the Peruvian psych-cumbia hybrid that’s in the midst of a great revival. If you like North American neo-chicha bands like Chicha Libre and Sonido Gallo Negro, then Money Chicha will be right in your wheelhouse: swirling organ and vintage synthesizers, twangy and effects-heavy guitars, a thumping bassline and colorful Latin percussion laying down the distinctive clip-clop cumbia rhythms. Their cover of Los Mirlos’ “Lamento En La Selva” (track 1) is epic, a great introduction to the chicha revival. 2 is dark and trippy, 3 is the fastest of the bunch, 6 reminds me strongly of Chicha Libre, and 8 is the most similar to the original 70s Peruvian recordings. A big thumbs-up for this one.
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