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Monte Negro - Indie, Latin Rock Band

Monte Negro is a band of bicultural and bilingual rock releasing the new "Fugitives Of Pleasure / Pasajeros" EP under their very own label, Feed The Hungry Records. The band is set to perform its highly anticipated new material at the House of Blues release party on July 23rd in their hometown of Los Angeles.

I produced a KPCC spot here in Studio G for their upcoming appearance at Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park on Saturday, July 31. Made for an enjoyable time here in Studio G. Versatile and smooth, I wanted to know more about this band.

After the exceptional success of their 2008 debut album "Cicatrix, " which was supported by a lengthy national tour and generated critical acclaim equally in both Latin and Anglo press, the band is currently on their most extensive tour to date. They will once again command attention with their spirited and transcendent live shows across the nation, including Puerto Rico. For the entire month of October, Converse will be sponsoring their debut appearances in Mexico, presenting Monte Negro in a series of concerts and festivals that will span across the territory.

The veritable magic of Monte Negro is their multicultural sound and unique versatility, making them accessible anywhere in this increasingly interconnected world community. Their music got my attention and their ability to communicate through rich soaring melodies and international pop sensibilities is enhanced by vocalist Kinski Gallo's poetical fluency in both English and Spanish.

Once again working alongside famed producer Tone (Green Day, Carlos Santana), the "Fugitives Of Pleasure / Pasajeros" EP challenges the band's own idea of artistic integrity by deeply examining their stylistic range of material and incorporating political themes, odd arrangements and textures, and an overall sense of urgency into the mix.

Read more: www.myspace.com/montenegrorocks