La Vela Puerca
|La Vela Puerca|
La Vela Puerca, 2005
|Origin||Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Genres||Rock, Ska, Punk|
La Vela Puerca is a Uruguayan rock band formed in Montevideo, Uruguay in December 1995. Its founders and current members are Sebastián Teysera (lead vocals, frontman and main songwriter), Nicolás Lieutier (bass guitar) and Santiago Butler (guitar). The band's first appearance under the name La Vela Puerca was at a street party in Montevideo on December 24, 1995. By then, several new members had joined.
In 1996, frontman Sebastián Teysera entered a demo tape in a band contest. The rest of the band wasn't aware of this until they found out they were listed among the twenty finalists. It was only a month later that they received a phone call informing them of their success. As a result they were awarded 80 hours of free recording sessions. These sessions would turn out to be vital for the making of their debut album.
To date, the band has released four albums plus a re-release of the first: Deskarado (1997), La Vela Puerca (1999, Deskarado re-release), De Bichos y Flores (2001), A Contraluz (2004), and "El Impulso" (2007). "De Bichos y Flores" and "A Contraluz" were produced by two time Oscar-winning producer, Gustavo Santaolalla.
On November 26th, 2005 the band gave a special concert to celebrate their 10th Anniversary. The concert, which was held at the Velodromo in Montevideo, Uruguay, had a giant screen where footage of their European Tour and other various concerts were shown. In 2010 they celebrated their 15th year together.
One of the most recent concerts was in October of 2011 at the Uruguayan Bicentennial celebrations(1811–2011), which was a total success.
In October 2011, the band released "Piel y Hueso". It was their first and, to date, only double album. One disc contains mostly guitar-driven songs, while the other contains 6 acoustic songs.
- "Deskarado" (1997)
- "La Vela Puerca" (1999) ("Deskarado" re-release)
- "De Bichos y Flores" (2001)
- "A Contraluz" (2004)
- "El Impulso" (2007)
- "Piel y Hueso" (2011)
- Sebastián Teysera: Vocals and acoustic guitar
- Sebastián Cebreiro: Backup vocals
- Santiago Butler: Guitar
- Rafael Di Bello: Guitar
- Alejandro Picone: Trumpet
- Carlos Quijano: Alto sax
- José Canedo: Drums
- Nicolás Lieutier: Bass guitar
- "VelaPuerca.com". velapuerca.com. Retrieved 2007-03-31.
- La Vela Puerca (official website) (Spanish) (English)
- La Vela Puerca at Rock.com.ar (Spanish)
- Grupo de Fans de La Vela Puerca en Argentina (Spanish)
- Web dedicada a La Vela Puerca por seguidores argentinos (Spanish)
- Interview, April 2008 (English)