Excellent news!! We’re extremely happy to announce that on May 13th we’ll be opening Riverside’s show in Santiago at Teatro Caupolicán. We’ll bring the best of our repertoire, some classics, our newest singles and we may even unveil some unreleased tracks of our upcoming fifth studio album. We cannot wait to see you all there!
We’ve just released the song “Thanks to Kafka” on all digital platforms.
“Thanks to Kafka” was influenced by the darker side of Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson and the melancholy of Radiohead. It is also the first single where guitarist Germán Vergara takes the lead, with a nod to Lou Reed’s interpretation, and marks a stylistic shift in relation to the three previously released singles, “Fast”, “Disobedience” and “Megalomania ”:“ ‘Thanks to Kafka’ is totally introspective. It is based on the idea of people who did not find answers to their existential problems or who lost the battle of life,” says the musician. The writer Franz Kafka was the perfect reference to define this internal struggle, because “he speaks from defeat and approaches it from those dark places,” says Germán.
The track was recorded at Estudio del Sur, produced and mixed by Angelo Marini and Germán Vergara and mastered by American engineer Randy Merrill (Muse, Paul McCartney, Beck, Liam Gallagher). In addition, it is the fourth single from the band’s new studio album, after the release of “Fast”, which came out on June 4, “Disobedience”, released on July 15, and “Megalomania”, on August 27.
The cover was created by designer Jean Pierre Cabañas from Médu1a (winner of the Pulsar Award for Best Art of the Year for “El vuelo del Pillán” by Kuervos del Sur in 2017). “We wanted to pay tribute to Kafka – Germán points out – you can see in the image that there is a skull with a hole like a person who committed suicide by shooting themselves, and the cockroach symbolizing depression”.
The group, formed by Germán Vergara, Felipe Candia (drummer), Rodrigo Sepúlveda (guitar), Juan Pablo Gaete (keyboard), Israel Gil (vocalist) and Daniel Concha (bass), has finished recording their fifth studio album, which will be released during the next months. In this new album, they have left behind the concept and sound of “Hawaii” (2016) to open up to a more direct and powerful sound influenced by bands like Porcupine Tree, Rush and Animals As Leaders. “We have done a very exhaustive job: we put pressure on ourselves to change our paradigm,” says the producer and guitarist.
We’re immensely happy to be sharing with you Megalomania, the third single from our fifth album. Megalomania is one of the first songs we started working on when we were leaving Hawaii behind. There are some versions of this song from band practices dating back to May 2018, with Sebastián still on vocals.
Felipe remembers Germán first showed them the intro and outro riff at a band practice where they and Juan Pablo were present. At the beginning, the song had a progressive-Latin feel (as a matter of fact, the name of the demo file was Post-Earth Latin), but as we added new parts and instruments it transformed and took a rockier direction. We finally added the 8-string guitars and the song found its final sound and mood.
It’s an important song because to a great extent it defined the sound of the music we would start making. When we were still playing the Hawaii shows we started wanting to try something different, heavier, more direct, and although the content, themes and lyric of our songs have always been crucial, and will continue to be so, we wanted something less conceptual, less baroque.
We like every person to have their own interpretation of our songs, but in general terms Megalomania is about being obsessed with pursuing an objective, about having a dream an trying to fulfill it at any cost, being willing to sacrifice everything for it. In our case it’s our obsession with the life project of being musicians, with committing to art, and the ambitions we have as a band. That dream has been a difficult, sometimes self-destructive road, and it’s been full of frustration and loss, but we have always kept on. It’s a recurring subject in our music, at least since 4:45 AM.
We have high hopes for this song and the video. Please let us know what you think. We really want to hear your opinions!
A huge hug from all of us
Rodrigo, Germán, Felipe, Israel, Juan Pablo, Daniel
We’re very happy to share with you ‘Disobedience’, the second single off our fifth album. As reflected by its title, the song is about disobedience to others, to dogmas, and creeds as a positive act of seeking identity, about commmiting to a genuine life project. There is also a sense of overcoming guilt, starting over and forgiving yourself.
Musically, we went for a heavier sound, slightly influenced by djent, and this is the first time we’ve used 8-string guitars so explicitly. In turn we wanted to combine that heaviness with catchy melodies and elements of fusion.
The song was recorded at Estudio del Sur, produced by Angelo Marini and Germán, mixed by Pepe Lastarria (Kuervos del Sur, Nunca Seremos Dichosos) and mastered by American engineer Randy Merrill (Muse, Paul McCartney, Beck, Liam Gallagher).
The day has come! Our first new song in five years, “Fast”, is out! The track has been released through Presagio Records on all digital platforms and it is a preview of our fifth studio album, which will be available during the next few months.
This frenetic song was influenced by the power of bands like Foo Fighters and Muse, but with our unmistakable exploratory touch. German says, “the song and the lyrics are inspired not only by my personal life, with a very hard break-up, and the departure of Sebastián, my brother, from the band, but also in the global social crisis that has this end-of- a-cycle feeling. Fast is about following a purpose with all the energy you have left”. That feeling was translated into an accelerated-paced vibe, with intense guitar riffs.
“Fast” is also the first new song with our vocalist, Israel Gil, after the departure of Sebastián in 2018. The track was recorded at Estudio del Sur, produced by Angelo Marini and Germán, and mastered by American engineer Randy Merrill (Muse, Paul McCartney, Beck, Liam Gallagher).
Friends! After more than a year being out of stock we’ll finally have more copies of our first album, The Yearning. It’s a beautiful digipack edition and we expect to start shipping in March but you can pre-order it HERE.:
We’ve also restocked some older t-shirts and added a new design which you can check out HERE.
Finally, we’ve renewed our website to make navigation easier, faster, and safer. The website is available in English and Spanish (you can choose your language on the main menu. We’re still working on some minor details but you can start browsing here.
On Sunday, December 13th, at 18:10 CLST we will be playing our first show in almost three years at Rockaxis Magazine XXth anniversary. Don’t miss the webcast on all their platforms and social pages. The line up is amazing!
Más información: https://www.rockaxis.com/rock/noticia/28331/no-te-pierdas-el-festival-online-20-anos-de-rockaxis/
As promised, we continue to create new content and you guys will always be the first ones to have access. Here’s our version of Red Sector A by Rush, one of our favorite bands and one which has undoubtedly been an influence on our music and a source of inspiration for decades. The subject of the original song is a bit harsh, but we feel the lyrics have gained a whole new meaning due to the world’s current situation. Resilience and perseverance have been crucial attitudes, both at a personal level and for the band.
What do you think of our cover? Leave your opinion in the comments below!
We are glad to introduce you to our new singer, Israel Gil, with a newly done version of our song “Smile of Tears”, which we originally released on our album “In Sudden Walks (2009). The track has a strong electronic influence from Depeche Mode’s eighties era, brought to the 21st century. The song was recorded during the pandemic, and it reflects the irony of our contact through social media and online meetings, where we pretend on camera that we are happy, but hopelessness is eating us up on the inside. Israel is replacing our longtime vocalist Sebastián, who stepped down as frontman in October, 2018.
We discovered Israel, a classical trained musician and student of Music Theory at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, through the social network Vampr, an app that connects musicians from all over the world who share common interests. After an intense audition process, where Israel had to learn old and new songs of the band, we finally chose him because of his natural talent, his discipline, his attention to detail and his friendliness. We love his voice and we hope you love him too!
We are still working on our fifth studio album, which will be released by the second semester of 2021. Most of the music is already recorded, we only need to record the voice and we hope to start showing new songs in the first months of next year. Our new material leaves behind the sound and visual complexity of “Hawaii” (2016), keeping the melancholy and instrumental passages that have defined us throughout our career, adding influences as Porcupine Tree and Animals as Leaders.