Thursday, 2 June 2011


Cover design by Ame.

Like many of the bands that come from Canelones, Uruguay, Los Ravengers are soaked with the sounds of psychedelia, experimental and kraut rock and a huge sense of devotion to really enjoying the whole process of making music; music that they make for and among their friends.
Only the “DIY” motto can bring this delicate equilibrium between the search of a sensible sound (with good quality) and the need to please yourself and your friends.

Many bands work on their albums and EP’s with an idea in their minds that a certain crowd will listen to them, or a certain “important” person might be interested in them; and that’s both fine and valid. But there’s nothing sadder than the desperate seek of approval of a label, a net label or whatever; a search that will only pollute the music.
One of the things I love about the enviroment in which uruguayan bands work and make their music is that they do it, firstly and most important, with the idea that their friends are gonna listen to them. They all seek expansion and to make the world listen, but first they want their people to enjoy it, and that is the way things get done, with love.
I don’t own the thruth in life, but I think this happens when you mix great bands and a small place to develop themselves. You get these amazing bands, that in any other big city of the world would call for instant attention, with an amazing sense of modesty; and lately you don’t get that in rock and roll my friends. By no means I’m saying that more “famous” bands doesn’t care for their friend’s opinion, but in Uruguay, you have, give or take, 4 venues to play good rock and roll at (venues for growing independent bands that is), which leaves having your friends as sometimes the only crowd, THAT sense of family couldn’t happen in a bigger city, and as much as we would all love to have more venues to play in Uruguay, we have to pause and admire what NOT having them bring us too.

Photography by Nina Lebowski.

These young folks (Ismael Viñoly on guitar & voices, Héctor Barceló on keyboards & synthesizer, Diego Rodriguez on bass and Leo Garrido on drums) have released last year their first EP produced by Folie á Deux Records, mixed by Federico Bolagno (Ufesas) and recorded at Diego Mercadal’s house (Ufesas). They have delivered us with both a unique and familiar sound. Unique because they’ve taken their very own experiences with music and put them into something new and bold; and familiar because when you hear them it’s almost as your body recognizes the sound by itself, it makes you move without conscience of it, and it’s always good to get disconnected from reason and into music.

There’s a massive connection between Los Ravengers’ music and a mental trip, you can certainly get lost inside the sound coming in waves at you. The EP holds 2 songs, “Communist Dancer” and “Jesus” and it’s a fine glimpse of the attitude these guys have, a musical maze you wanna get lost into. Nothing but a great future can be expected from these guys. Another great uruguayan band that make me proud to be a charrúa.

They’ll be releasing their first video soon and they’re working on their album.


  1. clap clap clap!!!! vamo los pibeeee