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Kinky plays Conga Room tonight: Listen to the Off-Ramp archive interview

Kinky members Gilberto Cerezo (L) and Ulises Lozano, in their backyard in Laurel Canyon.
Kinky members Gilberto Cerezo (L) and Ulises Lozano, in their backyard in Laurel Canyon. John Rabe

The Monterrey, Mexico-based band Kinky plays the Conga Room tonight.

As Reed Johnson writes in the Times today:

Duality is a virtual birthright of many artists from Monterrey, a business-minded metropolis less than three hours from the Texas border that has been ravaged in recent years by drug-related violence. No group embodies the region's musical multiplicity more than Kinky. Its signature sound combines insanely catchy disco-funk rhythms that music-licensing and ad-campaign directors adore.  "We like to have more of a free show where anything can happen," Lozano said of the group, whose other members are Gil Cerezo (lead vocalist), Carlos Chairez (guitar), Omar Gongora (drums) and Cesar Pliego (bass).

I interviewed Cerezo and Lozano in 2007 behind a little house in Laurel Canyon Kinky rented to record their album Reina. They recorded 70% of the album there, they told me, and liked it because they could be spontaneous, save studio rental, and record in their pajamas.

Here's their song Hasta Quemarnos. Warning, it contains images of young people dancing, which is banned in many US communities.

 

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