VIDEO PREMIERE: TROPA MAGICA “CHUNTI PARTY”
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Brothers David and Rene Pacheco and their band Tropa Magica (premiered earlier here) never sit still for long. Their debut came out barely four months ago, but they’ve already got plans for their next album, says David: “We’re aiming to create a fusion of disco/psychedelic along with our cumbia sensibility.” In fact, the album will be called Discodelica, and teaser single “Chunti Party” is a punky-funky Latin disco song with lots of dreamy reverb, accompanied perfectly here with a montage of the-way-we-was 1990s international dance videos. If you ever wanted two unfiltered minutes of everything that makes Tropa Magica so truly magical, here it is: mariachi and mutant ninja turtles, Vincente Fernandez and Vanilla Ice, and a supernatural ability to turn the ridiculous into the sublime. If it sounds a little experimental, that’s because “Chunti Party” was born out of an actual audio experiment, says David:
“The song was written after returning from our first USA tour as Tropa Magica in December. It was part of a series of demos I had made on my own in anticipation for a new album. Our good friend Cesar Mejia (The Shelter Studios) had plans on recording in a new room at Total Annihilation Studios in Lincoln Heights and needed a band to experiment with. We jumped on the opportunity for a free recording session and came out with this little gem.”
Tropa Magica leaves on tour Friday and will be sharing some shows with L.A. RECORD cover dude King Tuff (interviewed here) including their homecoming shows at the Glass House on Sun., Feb. 17—get tickets here!—and at the Troubadour on Thurs., Feb. 21—get tickets here! And they’ll be headlining Marty’s on Newport in Tustin on Sun., Feb. 24—get tickets here! Discodelica will be coming soon, and Tropa Magica’s wild self-titled debut from 2018 will be hitting vinyl this spring. Visit Tropa Magica here and full tour dates below.