Mœnia

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Mœnia
Moenia.jpg
Background information
Origin Mexico City, Mexico
Genres Electronica, synthpop, indie pop
Years active 1991–present
Labels

Universal Music Sony Music

EMI Music
Website http://www.moenia.com/
Members Alfonso Pichardo
Jorge Soto
Alejandro 'Midi' Ortega
Past members Juan Carlos Lozano
For the 2000 Monia Sjöström album, see Monia (album).

Mœnia is a Mexican electronica/synthpop/ambient group.

History[edit]

The group's formation dates back to 1985 while attending junior high school, Juan Carlos Lozano along with Alfonso Pichardo and Jorge Soto shared various musical tastes such as punk and New wave. Later on in their high school years the trio would compete in school organized talent shows and even recorded few demos. It was during this time when the three had a very clear vision of what they intended to do in the music scene.

The band's first line up originally consisted of Juan Carlos Lozano as lead guitarist, Alfonso Pichardo as lead vocalist, Jorge Soto on keyboards, Alejandro Ortega on synthesizers and with Carlos Mercado on drums. In 1991, the group scored a contract with Polygram and recorded a self-titled 'debut' the following year. With very few copies released, this album however did not meet significant expectation and was immediately considered a commercial failure. The failed album is considered by many longtime Moenia fans as a rarity and a prototype as to how it would characterize Moenia's sound in the years that followed. After that album's failed attempt, In 1993, Pichardo steps down from the band as he decided to complete his Master's degree in the United States, the situation forced Lozano to take over as vocalist and eventually in 1996 and after several attempts they receive a new opportunity under Universal Music to record their official debut Mœnia and followed by its companion remix album Mœnia Mixes. Much of the lyrical content in Moenia's 1996 debut were composed by Pichardo and yet were vocalized by Lozano. A similar situation happens with Adición+ (1999) when much of its lyrical content was composed by Lozano and later vocalized by Pichardo.

Juan Carlos exits Moenia in late 1998 after an extensive tour and moved on to form the still electronically oriented but more guitar-centered Morbo, despite the acclaimed success of 1996's Mœnia and its subsequent album of remixes (a risky and previously unheard of novelty in the Mexican music industry), Pichardo returned with the remaining two of his former bandmates to complete Mœnia's line-up, which has remained unchanged since 1999.

Since the 1999 release of Adición+, Mœnia has consisted of vocalist Alfonso Pichardo, and keyboardists Jorge Soto and Alejandro 'Midi' Ortega, Mœnia has released over ten albums on Universal Latino and RCA Records. Pichardo briefly left the group between 2007 and 2009 due to the Mexican listening public's lack of interest in electronic and synth music.

The music influences of Mœnia are New Order, Erasure, OMD, The Cure, Depeche Mode and The Sisters of Mercy. Popular within the Latin club scene while simultaneously pioneering a darker, more experimental, more poetic side of Spanish-language electronica, Mœnia has had three top-20 hits. Along with Aleks Syntek, Mœnia is often considered one of the first successful experimental Mexican music composers and performers, finding commercial viability in a market normally dominated by Latin ballad crooners, teenage vocal groups and musical styles with more mass appeal like cumbia and ranchera. Mœnia is also popular in other parts of Latin America, including the argentinian and chilean music markets, where they have also charted. Some of their most recognized singles include "Estabas Ahí," "No Dices Más" and "Manto Estelar".

Stereo Hits is by far Mœnia's highest-selling album to date. It is a series of successful 80s and 90s Latin pop/rock and ballad hit covers such as "En Algún Lugar" by Duncan Dhu, "Tren Al Sur" by Los Prisioneros, "Beber de Tu Sangre" by Los Amantes de Lola, "Mátenme Porque Me Muero" by Caifanes and "Ni Tú Ni Nadie" by Alaska y Dinarama. However, the introduction to their cover version of this one (Ni Tu Ni Nadie) contains a sample of the 1972 Gary Glitter hit Rock and Roll Part 2 or so, because of its similar drumbeat like sequence. Despite having the sample included on the track, BMG officials took care the copyright business in order to prevent musical rights disputes. The album was originally intended to serve as a stopgap to keep fans happy while the group worked on their next album, but became so popular that it was soon followed by a tour, which in turn was followed by an album of its own in 2005, HitsLive.

In 2006 Mœnia released a new album, named "Solar", which follows a more 1980s electropop style, including more electric guitar sounds. Also includes a duet with Denisse Guerrero (of Belanova) called "Me Equivoque".

Alfonso Pichardo has started a solo project entitled Equivocal, with the first single "Dar la Vuelta".[1]

In November 2009 a compilation album entitled "En Electrico" is scheduled for release. Produced by Armando Avila, and will feature Paco Huidobro (Fobia), Maria Jose & Juan Carlos Lozano (ex-vocalist).

October 30, 2012 saw the release of their seventh studio album "FM", with their first single "Morir Tres Veces" (Die Thrice). An FM APP was released in December which featured the song "Eso Que Paso" (That Which Happened). Two other singles from FM include "Mejor Ya No" (Better Not) and "Soy Lo Peor" (I'm Worse).

Members[edit]

  • Alfonso Pichardo -Vocal & Keyboardist (Co-Founder / 1991–1994 returned 1998 – present day)
  • Jorge Soto – Keyboards & Guitar (Co-Founder / 1991 – present day)
  • Alejandro "Midi" Ortega – Synth & Programing (1995 – present day)

Former members

  • Juan Carlos Lozano -former vocalist (Co-Founder / 1991–1995) & singer (1995–1997)

Trivia[edit]

  • Mœnia famously covered José José's 1978's hit "Volcán" from the album Volcán: Tributo a José José, which received a lot of airplay in Mexican radio.
  • Mœnia also did a track "Lado Animal" for the movie Amores Perros which actually was not featured in the movie, but only on the soundtracks second CD.
  • They've also covered the Soda Stereo song "Zoom", the song "Huellas en la Bajamar" by Hombres G and covered the José Alfredo Jiménez song "Amanecí en tus brazos"
  • They've also covered the Caifanes song "Mátenme Porque me Muero". Later on scoring another chart topper with "Juegos de Amor", a song that in 1988 was made popular by Neón. Both of these are included in their Stereo Hits album.
  • In 2012, their track " La Ecuación '1984' " sampled the 1983 Animotion hit "Obsession".
  • In 2015, Moenia released the single " Jamás! ", this single curiously samples the 1987 Timbiriche hit "No seas tan cruel".

Discography[edit]

  • Disco Perdido, 1992 (EP)
  • Mœnia, 1996
  • Adición+, 1999,
  • Le Modulor, 2001 (Out of print and only available as a digital download) or Amazon.com
  • Televisor, 2003
  • Solar, 2007
  • FM, 2012

Compilations[edit]

  • Mœnia Mixes, 1998
  • Serie Sensacional, 2000
  • Éxitos, 2001
  • Sólo Para Fanáticos, 2001
  • Stereo Hits, 2004
  • Grandes Éxitos, 2005
  • HitsLive, 2005
  • En Electrico, 2010

Singles[edit]

Moenia (1996)

No puedo estar sin ti

Déjame entrar

Color melancolía * (Re-recorded from their 1992 debut LP)

Estabas ahí

No importa que el sol se muera

Adicion (1999)

Manto estelar

No dices más

Regreso a casa

Le Modulor (2001)

Molde perfecto

Llegaste a mí

Como ves tú

Televisor (2003)

En qué momento

Tú sabes lo que quiero

Espirales

Stereo Hits (2004)

Ni tú ni nadie (featuring sample of "Rock and Roll Part 2 (1972) by Gary Glitter)

Juegos de amor

Hits Live (2005)

No dices más (Live)

Solar (2006)

  • Lo que tú digas
  • Sufre conmigo.
  • Me equivoqué (ft Denisse Guerrero).

En Electrico (2010)

  • Contigo Estare (ft. Juan Carlos Lozano).
  • No Importa que el sol se muera (ft. Maria Jose).
  • En ti.

FM (2012)

  • Morir Tres Veces.
  • Eso Que Pasó
  • Mejor Ya No
  • Soy Lo Peor

References[edit]

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