Huevos Rancheros (band)

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Huevos Rancheros
OriginCalgary, Alberta, Canada
GenresIndie rock
Years active1990–2000
LabelsC/Z (1992-1995)
Mint (1995-2000)
Associated actsThe Ramblin' Ambassadors
Past membersBrent Cooper
Tommy Kennedy
Richie Ranchero
Graham Evans

Huevos Rancheros were a Canadian surf rock band from Calgary, Alberta,[1] active from 1990 to 2000.[2] Huevos Rancheros performed an instrumental blend of rockabilly, surf, grunge and punk music.


Initially consisting of guitarist Brent Cooper, bassist Graham Evans and drummer Richie Ranchero,[3] Huevos Rancheros released the six-song EP Huevosaurus independently in 1990 before releasing the EP Rocket to Nowhere in 1991 on Estrus Records.[3] In its early years the band was sometimes described as a cross between Led Zeppelin and The Ventures.[3]

The band then signed to C/Z Records, which reissued Huevosaurus in 1992 before releasing the band's full-length album Endsville in 1993.[4]

In 1995, the band signed to Mint Records.[5] Around the same time, Evans left the band and was replaced by Tom Kennedy.[6] The band's instrumental rock record Dig In was released that year.[7]

In 1998, their album Get Outta Dodge was nominated for a Juno Award in the Best Alternative Album category.[8][2]

After touring in Europe with Duotang,[9] in 2000 the band released the album Muerte del Toro.[10][11] They broke up soon after, although they have performed occasional reunion shows at benefit concerts to raise money for a journalism scholarship named in memory of former Calgary Herald music critic James Muretich.[12] The reunion show lineup has featured Evans rather than Kennedy on bass.[12]

Cooper went on to found The Ramblin' Ambassadors, a three-piece instrumental band.[13][14]

Band members[edit]

Original lineup[edit]

  • Brent J. Cooper - guitar
  • Graham Evans - bass
  • Richie Lazarowich - drums, percussion

2nd lineup[edit]

  • Brent J. Cooper - guitar
  • Tom Kennedy - bass
  • Richie Lazarowich - drums, percussion

3rd lineup[edit]

  • Brent J. Cooper- guitar
  • Keith Rose - bass
  • Richie Lazarowich - drums, percussion



  • Huevosaurus (1990; reissued on C/Z Records in 1992)
  • Rocket to Nowhere (1991)
  • The Wedge (Mint Records, 1999)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Band happy to hit big time from Calgary". Calgary Herald, December 22, 2000.
  2. ^ a b "Ramblin' Ambassadors' Brent J. Cooper is an instro-rock ace". Georgia Straight, by Steve Newton on May 16th, 2012
  3. ^ a b c "Spontaneity the name; Huevos Rancheros bring youthful enthusiasm". Edmonton Journal, September 4, 1992.
  4. ^ "Huevos Rancheros get cracking with c'mon-and-dance message". Toronto Star, September 23, 1993.
  5. ^ "Huevos Rancheros London bound". Calgary Herald, March 26, 1995.
  6. ^ "Rancheros have nuevo Huevo; Band's twisted instrumentals continue with new bass player". Edmonton Journal, July 24, 1996.
  7. ^ " Huevos Rancheros Dig In". AllMusic Review by Johnny Loftus
  8. ^ "Top Canadian talent up for Juno awards". Vancouver Province, February 12, 1998.
  9. ^ "Duotang Two Piece Suites". Exclaim!, By Chuck Molgat Jul 01, 2001
  10. ^ "Huevos Rancheros Celebrate Their Tenth Anniversary With A Q&A".By Keith Carman, Chart Attack - Jun 9, 2000
  11. ^ "The Chart Time Tunnel: Sonic Youth". Chart Attack, Jun 25, 2010
  12. ^ a b "Huevos Rancheros reunite for scholarship benefit; Former local mainstays salute late music writer". Calgary Herald, October 2, 2010.
  13. ^ "Rock of ages; Garage band veterans rev it up". Calgary Herald, March 20, 2012.
  14. ^ "The Ramblin' Ambassadors Avanti". Exclaim!, By Craig Daniels Oct 01, 2003
  15. ^ "Huevos Rancheros Muerte Del Toro". Exclaim!, By Rob Ferraz Oct 01, 2000

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