TRACK PREMIERE: É ARENAS “MEREZCO MAS”
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The best presents are the ones that are truly a surprise—as well as the ones that were made by hand!—and É Arenas just showed up with both at once! Arenas is already known to L.A. RECORD readers both for his crucial work with Chicano Batman and with his outstanding solo songs as well—like his firestarting Mar Iguana EP from early this year—and this new “Merezco Mas” (“I Deserve More”) came together in a burst of up-all-night energy just this very morning. It’s a reminder about what matters most during the holidays, written in a flash of cosmic inspiration. Says Arenas:
“This is a song written by Gabriel Villa (Chicano Batman Drummer) Federico Zuniga (Afro-Peruvian band Cachombo bassist) and myself. We recorded it at my studio in Commerce under my label Relleno Records. Last year I guess I started doing this xmas song tradition with ‘Buñuelos a Monton,’ a cumbia talking about family recipes that we’re gonna have to be fetching on YouTube if we don’t start helping out around this kitchen while our tias and abuelas are still around! This year Gabriel was like, ‘So wasssssup? We gonna do another?’ The song is about being grateful for what you got and shedding light on those foos that keep buying tons of xmas gifts when they are broke AF to begin with! Stop it already!
So this past Saturday at Gabriel’s daughter’s Quinceñera, he tells my wife the idea of doing another xmas song for 2019, and shes like… 2019? 2018! So we met up Tuesday and got this mofo going from scratch. Straight Voltron. Power Rangers. Captain Planet. Finished it last night at 4 AM. Was mastered by my homie John Montes—my high school friend/drummer in my metal band—at 5 AM. Artwork was done by my wife last night/this morning after our oatmeal. And here it is!”
So enjoy this unexpected gift, available here now! And if you’d like to see Arenas and co. in action, they’re playing the Moroccan Lounge on Christmas Eve-Eve (Dec. 23) and you can get tickets here. Full credits below:
Bass: Federico Zuniga
Percussion and Keys: Gabriel Villa
Keys, Guitar and Vocals: Eduardo Arenas
Music and Lyrics: Eduardo Arenas, Gabriel Villa, Federico ZunigaJr.
Recording Engineer and Mixing: Eduardo Arenas
Produced By: Eduardo Arenas, Gabriel Villa, Federico Zuniga
Mastering: John Montes
Artwork: Lorena Endara
Relleno Records, 2019