Humor is subjective. What the particular person next to you finds intestine-busting may possibly not even elicit a polite smirk from you. This is a widely agreed-upon aspect of comedy and is also element of why there are so numerous diverse flavors to be appreciated. The diploma to which a single finds anything amusing relies upon on the relationship involving the producer and the audience and what abstract amount of emotional financial investment there is all over the context of the joke. You either get it, or you really do not. Or you shriek, “Too shortly!”
Currently (April 18), Los Rivera Destino release their debut LP, Besitos y Besitas, which is bound to blow open the dialogue all around what sort of humor their manufacturer meddles in whilst stunning listeners with just how much pathos can be mined from their satire. “We obtained a good deal of followers and exposure from our addresses, but we did not want to be typecast as the ‘covers men,’” guitarist and vocalist Fernando Tarrazo tells Remezcla. “We realized we had the talent to create authentic music, and we stepped absent from carrying out covers quite immediately. “Thankfully, we averted having an id disaster as a band,” provides lead vocalist Carlos Figueroa. “Once we commenced to set out other tunes, men and women commenced to see us on these phrases. And with this album, we usually knew it was likely to be 100 % original songs and lyrics.”
Los Rivera Destino began when Figueroa, Terrazzo, and Antonio Sánchez (sub-vocalist) huddled collectively all through their first calendar year of school at the University of Puerto Rico and considered about forming a band alongside one another. As pals, their feelings started to coalesce all over a person principle: observational comedy via songs. Although it’d make them a lot more of a area of interest team, they banked it would also make their proposal a lot more exclusive and stand out among the regular grouping. Even in a pre-Hurricane María and just before the 2019 protests period, Puerto Rico continue to had a bevy of social and political matters to choose apart, rife for satire and a tiny bit of therapy.
Their intuition proved largely suitable, as the recently-christened Los Rivera Destino started out to amass a tiny-if-not-faithful next of fans who appreciated their intelligent manufacturer of bolero comedias uploaded to their YouTube channel. On a lark, they covered the then-smash strike “Te Boté,” switching it from trap to bolero. The response was fast and vastly positive, and it sooner or later led to an genuine truthful-to-goodness collaboration with Poor Bunny himself. That track grew to become “Flor,” a really like letter to fathers that also started to elevate the lid on how deep and psychological the trio could get.
A little bit above two decades afterwards, they are at last putting out Besitos y Besitas. The album kicks off in familiar territory with “Foto de Perfil,” a melancholic bolero opener that includes the influenced participation of iLe and Ñengo Circulation. It’s a duet that looks peculiar on paper, but the remaining merchandise hits the mark with the two artists nailing the aged-faculty vibes, all whilst staying real to their own designs. When questioned about the surprising pairing, the team shares it was really iLe’s notion to connect Ñengo to the music. “We were at a decline as to who else to get to out to, and she proposed him.”
A further bolero is the humorous “Mis Amigos,” an ode to hashish and the buddies who indulge. The trio is remarkably adept at capturing the reliable audio and fashion of the genre, generating them come to feel like they have been plucked directly from decades in the past. When questioned about what exercise or review goes into producing their tunes as bona fide as probable, Sánchez states: “We pay attention to all varieties of boleros, and contain all the special instrumentations like whistles or vibraphones from these outdated tunes.” Tarrazo provides, “We give a large amount of notice to the juxtaposition of tones in our songs. If the melody is major, then the additional preposterous the lyrics. Like a track that seems romantic but is about using tobacco weed!”
Remarkably, “I’ll make you fuckin’ pancakes” is the opening line of “Pancakes,” just one of the sweetest, earnest, and romantic songs you’ll possibly hear all calendar year about doting on your lover and bringing them breakfast in bed. None of the sentiment is dulled by the absurd scenarios sung about or liberal cussing. But that’s how Los Rivera Destino perform in this album — location you up to expect a rash of jokes and scat humor and then flooring you from the still left with feels. Just one of the most impactful examples of this is “Wichi.” It’s a poppy observe that takes the horrifying scenario of a close friend getting gunned down but is sung in silly bubblegum rock-model and then slyly adjustments into a dialogue that grapples with demise and the vacuum remaining behind when a man or woman is long gone. As Tarrazo describes, “It’s an psychological tune, but I however come across it humorous.
From time to time it is the song’s existence itself which is the joke.” It’s a sentiment that harkens on an outdated Mel Brooks estimate: “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you drop into an open sewer and die.” Conversing about acquiring the stability among the seriousness of the subject matter make any difference and the comedy, Figueroa claims, “We really don’t seriously evaluate how much humor or emotion to set in or take out of a song, just like how you don’t in true lifestyle when you discuss with other individuals. It just will come in a natural way — you simply cannot overthink it.”
“We really do not genuinely evaluate how a great deal humor or emotion to place in or get out of a track, just like how you don’t in real existence when you chat with other people. It just arrives normally — you can not overthink it.”
The venture does not lack guest artists either, all keen to engage in in the identical sandbox as the fellas. Aside from the earlier outlined iLe and Ñengo, Puerto Rico’s very own Guaynaa and Pedro Capó drop by, as do Riccie Oriach from the neighboring Dominican Republic and Spain’s personal Paula Cendejas. The latter types aspect of a vals/tango track, “Le Gustaban Los Tríos,” which was an enjoyable problem for them as they actively tried out to integrate distinct genres of tunes into the launch. “We’ve been seeking to do a tango tune for a prolonged time now, and just one working day we teased our cuatro player [Hiram Molina] to do some thing for the album for the reason that, at that position, he hadn’t participated in any of the jam periods,” recalls Figueroa. “So he sat down and came up with this track just to shut us up and blew us away.” Sánchez provides, “Paula [Cendejas] reached out to us seeking initially to do a bolero with each other, and we informed her we did not have any, but we experienced a vals if she was fascinated. And she was, and guaranteed more than enough, she killed it.”
Los Rivera Destino never see Besitos y Besitas as a recalibration away from what they’ve been most regarded for. Rather, they see it as good-tuning and a demonstration of what has always been there and who they’ve usually been as a band. Besitos y Besitas at last authorized them to do comedian storytelling on the scale they’ve wanted. “We’ve matured a lot, as musicians and friends, since we began this experiment. But a thing which is stayed consistent is that we like to laugh and make others chuckle,” says Tarrazo. “It’s quite tough for us to make art without having [humor].”
“Unless, nos vayamos en la mala and get depressed and go into religion, and then we’ll come out with a severe gospel album like Héctor El Father,” jokes Sánchez. “The album’s gonna be identified as La Mala!” Tragedy furthermore time equals comedy, they say. Besitos y Besitas proves comedy in addition time equals emotion. And lots of excellent fun, far too.
Pay attention to Besitos y Besitas underneath.