Panda (band)

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Background information
Origin Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Genres Alternative rock
Pop punk
Melodic hardcore (early)
Years active 1996–present
Labels

Movic Records

Universal Music Group
Associated acts Magnolia y Los No Me Olvides
Super Azfalto
Website [Official Panda Facebook.]
Members Arturo Arredondo
Jorge Vázquez
José Madero Vizcaino
Ricardo Treviño
Past members Jorge Garza
David Castillo
Jose Hernandez

Panda (later stylished as Pxndx) is a Mexican punk band formed in Monterrey, Nuevo León in 1996 as part of the musical movement known as Avanzada Regia. The band caught local attention in 2001 with the album Arroz con leche, and mainstream success on their albums Para ti con desprecio (2005) and Amantes Sunt Amentes (2007).

Background[edit]

Formation (1996-1999)[edit]

The band started playing covers but when they realized they were good writing their own songs they started writing songs about friends, parties and love. Those songs were placed on a demo tape, Demo 1997, and distributed to independent labels. Soon after that, they caught the attention of an independent label, Movic Records, and signed a record deal (by Kiko Lobo).

Arroz con leche and La revancha del príncipe charro (2000-2004)[edit]

Their first studio album, Arroz con leche, was released on September 2, 2001, and caught little attention by people and critics, only selling 50,000 copies. Their second album, La revancha del príncipe charro, was released February 3, 2002, a short time after Arroz con leche. La revancha del príncipe charro sold well, and reached platinum in Mexico. Part of the success of that record was due to the combination of punk and rock sounds. The album also contained a cover from Joan Sebastian and Alberto Vazquez's duet song, "Maracas".

The band toured in the United States and Mexico to promote their album. At the end of the tour, Jorge Garza left the band and was replaced by another member from Super Azfalto, this time guitarist [Arturo Arredondo].

Para ti con desprecio and Amantes sunt amentes (2005-2007)[edit]

Ricardo Treviño in 2008

A third album, Para ti con desprecio, was released in 2005. It is their most popular album to date in Mexico and Latin America, although it lost them many fans, now called Anti-Pandas, because Panda (supposedly) stole lyrics and guitar riffs from groups such as My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, and Smashing Pumpkins. The singles "Cita en el Quirófano", "Cuando no es como debiera ser", and "Disculpa los malos pensamientos" topped MTV's Los 10+Pedidos for 39 weeks in total. "Disculpa los malos pensamientos" was also the most voted video on MTV in 2006.[1] That same year, the band collaborated in the soundtrack of "Skimo", a Mexican sitcom from Nickelodeon, with the song "Si esto fuese realidad".

At the end of the year, the band released Amantes Sunt Amentes, their fourth album, which reached the top of the Mexican charts within weeks and was certified platinum. To date, the album has sold approximately 200,000 copies, and was close to Maná first album Falta Amor.

During this time the band released their second single, "Los Malaventurados no Lloran". The music video has received heavy rotation in MTV.

In February 2007, the band collaborated in the album Tributo al más grande, a tribute album for Mexican norteña band Bronco. The band recorded the song "Oro" with a new rock style. The singer José Madero, accompanied Guadalupe Esparza and Luis Cortes in the song "Amigo Bronco" and led to a great upset.

In mid July, the band released a third single: "Procedimientos Para Llegar A Un Común Acuerdo". Because of the extensive success of the band's previous single, the song was sent to radio stations in all of Latin America at the same time. "Procedimientos" quickly debuted in some of the important Latin charts, ultimately reaching the top 10 in many countries.

On November 30, 2007, Panda released "Sinfonía Soledad", their first live album that contains a concert on Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City. It contains their main songs and two new songs dedicated to their fans.[2]

The band was nominated in Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2006, winning the categories Best Group or Duet, Best Alternative Artist, and Breakthrough Artist. The band performed "Narcicista Por Excelencia" during the show. In Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2007, the band was nominated for three categories, but only won Best Alternative Artist.

Controversy[edit]

In 2005, the Mexican magazine R & R published an article stating that several Panda songs, mainly from the album Para ti con Desprecio, were similar to songs from other bands of similar genres (mainly in the lyrics where they are virtually translations), such as: My Chemical Romance, Green Day, MxPx, Blink 182, Sum 41 and Fall Out Boy.

After the scandal, reporters have since mentioned this to the band every time they are interviewed. In the interview published on February 31, 2006, on Versus, a T.V. show from Telehit, when they asked questions about the plagiarism, the band members show up on the defensive and respond in contradictory ways. For example, Kross, drummer for the band states: "But we didn't steal, it's was coincidentally, I don't know... It was not done purposely, it was not made with any malicious intent, so I don't know, the subconscious betrays you ..."

With the release of their fourth album Amantes Sunt Amentes and the growth in popularity of the band on MTV in other countries, they do not avoid the topic, but prefer to change the topic. Ricardo Trevino, bassist for the band said: "There are people who say: You either love or hate panda. I think that those who love us are the majority, so why would we argue about these things?"

The accusations of plagiarism caused many people to reject Panda.[3][4] These groups call themselves Anti Pandas,[5] and have expressed their position through different websites (YouTube, MySpace and Facebook), as well as festivals where Panda plays. The Anti Pandas say that the list of plagiarism of Panda stands at more than 35 songs.

Panda has been booed in different festivals, such as the 2007 edition of Rock'N'Exa, where the public threw bottles, trash, and other things at them while they played.[6][7]

The same thing happened in 2008 at the Vive Latino,[8] and the Third International Rock Festival in Rio, although they have an outgrowing fan movement in major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, not to mention most of Latin America and throughout the world.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • José Madero (Pepe) - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, moog synthesizer, piano, keyboards (since 1996)
  • Arturo Arredondo (Arthur / R2D2) - lead guitar, vocals (since 2005)
  • Ricardo Treviño (Rix) - bass guitar, backing vocals (since 1996)
  • Jorge Vázquez (Kross) - drums, percussion (since 1997)

Former members[edit]

  • David Castillo (Chunky) - drums, percussion (1996)
  • Jorge Garza (Ongi) - lead guitar, vocals (1996–2004)

Touring members[edit]

  • Fernando Salinas - rhythm guitar (since 2005)
  • Marcelo Treviño - piano, keyboards, moog synthesizer, vocals (2005–2012)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Album Year Chart Position
Arroz Con Leche 2000 16 MEX
La Revancha Del Príncipe Charro 2002 7 MEX
Para Ti Con Desprecio 2005 1 MEX
Amantes Sunt Amentes 2006 1 MEX
3 VEN
1 ECU
Sinfonía Soledad 2007 1 MEX
Poetics 2009 1 MEX
1 ECU
Panda MTV Unplugged 2010 1 MEX
Bonanza 2012 1 MEX
Sangre Fría 2013 2 MEX

Collaborations[edit]

Album
Skimo Soundtrack
  • Released: 2006
  • Songs:
  1. Si esto fuese realidad
"Un mundo maravilloso" Soundtrack
  • Released: 2006
  • Songs:
  1. No te deseo el bien, pero tampoco te deseo el mal
Tributo al más grande
  • Released: 2007
  • Songs:
  1. Amigo Bronco (Pepe, Luis Treviño and Guadalupe Esparza)
  2. Oro
Nos Vamos Juntos - Un Tributo a las Canciones de Caifanes y Jaguares, Vol. 1
  • Released: 2010
  • Songs:
  1. La Celula Que Explota (Caifanes Cover)
Tribute Album

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album Top Singles
Chile
Top Singles
Colombia
Top Singles
Iberoamérica
Top Singles
México
México Rock
Digital
Los 10 más
Pedidos
Norte
Billboard Hot
Ringtones
2000 Buen día Arroz Con Leche - - - 92 - - -
Si supieras - - - - - - -
Miércoles - - - - - - -
Te invito a mi fiesta - - - - - - -
2002 Hola La Revancha Del Príncipe Charro - - - - - - -
Maracas 23 - - - - - -
Ya no jalaba - - - - - - -
2003 Quisiera no pensar - - - - - - -
2005 Cita en el quirófano Para ti con desprecio - - - - - 1 28
2006 Cuando no es como debiera ser - - - - - 1 -
Disculpa los malos pensamientos - - - - - 1 -
Narcisista por excelencia Amantes Sunt Amentes 25 - 36 9 1 1 -
2007 Los Malaventurados no Lloran 35 8 29 26 1 1 -
Procedimientos Para Llegar a un Común Acuerdo - 10 61 54 1 1 -
Muñeca Sinfonía Soledad - 10 61 54 1 1 -
2008 Nunca Nadie Nos Podrá Parar (Gracias) - - - - - - -
2009 Sólo A Terceros Poetics - - - - 2 1 2
Adheridos Separados - - - 23 1 1 1
2010 Nuestra Aflicción - - - - - 1 -
Feliz Cumpleaños MTV Unplugged - - - - - - -
2012 Envejecido en Barril de Roble Bonanza - - - - - - -
2012 Romance en Re Sostenido Bonanza - - - - - - -

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