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Quiero Club (Spanish for "I want club") is an experimental pop indie band from Monterrey, Mexico. They are part of Happy-fi collective and released their debut album in late 2006. Their music combines several elements from different genres like rock, pop and electronic music.
Boscop Benavente, Priscila González, Marcela Viejo, & Luis Fara, came from different backgrounds before they joined forces with Gustavo Mauricio, founder of the Monterrey-based music/art collective/gang/tribe/record label/party throwers "Happy-fi" . At the end of 2002, Priscila started the band with Gustavo to play cover versions of The Moldy Peaches and other groups they liked after they jammed live on Gustavo's radio show "We are the Rock & Roll"; Boscop joined them soon after ( early 2003). By the end of that year, during a Happy Fest (one of the parties that the collective used to expose their artists) Marcela watched the trio and asked to join them. A couple of months later (early 2004), Luis Fara came along and they started writing and rehearsing their own material.
They recorded "No Coke" and "Pecan Pie" at Luigi Marchetti's (bassist of Monterrey's rock band Niña, also part of the Happy Fi family) home studio in Santa Catarina, Nuevo León, during the summer of 2004 for a Happy Fi compilation, the first track leaked unto Mexico City's recently created radio station Reactor and quickly became one of the most requested tunes and, consequently, one of the station's early hits. When they found out, Quiero Club went into a professional studio to re arrange the song, new drums, bass, guitar, keyboards tracks were recorded as well as additional programming.
NPR says: "It was the beginning of 2006 and a catchy song in Spanglish titled "No Coke" hit the emerging Mexican indie scene by storm; five years later, Quiero Club is arguably today's most eclectic and critically acclaimed Mexican pop band."
They were invited to Mexico City's Vive Latino festival in 2005 with just a bunch of songs and it was until then that they considered to take their band seriously. They toured the country during the rest of the year and continued to write songs while touring. With self financing and while continuing to tour Mexico, they entered Belafonte Studio in San Pedro Garza García. It was not until the winter of 2006 that Quiero Club’s self produced debut album WOF came out to rave reviews. At this time they signed with management & boooking agency HOME (Haas, Onetto, Montemayor Entertainment).
WOF had four singles with their respective videos: No Coke, Backstage Drama, Let Da Music, & Latin America. On March 2008 "WOF" was released in Japan via Art Union Co. with a remix of "let da music" by Japan's 80kids as a Bonus track. Some of WOF's tracks became part of different compilations, others became part of various movie soundtracks, others were remixed by dance floor connoisseurs.
After 2 years of performing all sorts of scenarios, from homemade backyard gigs to huge international festivals like Vive Latino Mexico (05, 07), Corona Festival (07), MX Beat (07) and Rock al Parque Colombia (07); Quiero Club became a bit self-conscious and entered the studio to start working on new songs.
They continued to tour while recording and writing new material, in the middle of the recording they released the song "Showtime" along with its video on April 2008; "Showtime" was co produced by Phil Vinall and it was the first single from their 12 track second album called "Nueva America". After playing the Motorkr festival along with MGMT, The Flaming Lips and Nine Inch Nails (among others), Nueva America was released on November 2008; a bit more psychedelic, a bit more pop, a bit more dance, a bit more experimental. Jason Roberts worked with them on the second single "The Flow"; and for their third single they picked "Minutos de Aire" a song they co wrote with Jorge Gonzalez of the legendary Chilean band Los Prisioneros. "Minutos de Aire" became Reactor 105.7's number one song in 2009, which proved to be a good year for the band, after they opened for one of Depeche Mode's two dates in Mexico City's Foro Sol.
Also in 2009, they edited Nueva America on Nacional Records. It was their first critically acclaimed album and a highly influential album fot Latin artists.
A string of successful singles (Música, Las Propiedades del Cobre and Que Hacer En Caso De Oir Voces, later compiled on the EP "Dias Perfectos") kept the band's momentum during 2010 and 2011. At the end of 2010 they decided to relocate to Mexico City to write and produce their 3rd album. The aftermath of this was the upcoming "El Techo es el Suelo" (The Ceiling is the Floor) and the departure of Gustavo Mauricio of the band, following different interests and career direction. After parting ways with longtime manager Fabrizio Onetto, the band is working with Camilo Lara's (Mexican Institute of Sound) record label/management Casete, although they are still associated to the Happy Fi family.
El Techo es el Suelo was released on February 19, topping the iTunes charts in Mexico. Critically acclaimed both for the music and the artwork, designed by The Welcome Branding Group. 2013 Latin Grammy Nominee for Art/Package and IMAS 2014 winner for both Electronic Album and Art/Package.
- Gustavo Mauricio Hernandez Davila - vocals, guitar, percussions (2003-2012)
- Pris Gonzalez - vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Marcela Viejo - vocals, keyboards
- Luis "Fara" Dominguez - bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, vocals
- Rodrigo Martinez "Boscop Benavente" - drums, bass guitar, keyboards
- WOF (2006)
- Nueva América (2008)
- Dias Perfectos (EP) (2011)
- "El Techo es el Suelo" (2013)
- "No Coke" (2005)
- "Backstage Drama" (2006)
- "Let Da Music" (2007)
- "Latin America" (2007)
- "Showtime" (2008)
- "Da Flow" (2008)
- "Minutos de Aire" (2009)
- "Las Propiedades del Cobre" (2010)
- "Que Hacer en Caso de Oir Voces" (2011)
- "Dias Perfectos" (2011)
- "Cuentos" (2012)
- "El Techo es el Suelo" (2013)
- "Cuerpo" (2014)
- "It was the beginning of 2006 and a catchy song in Spanglish titled "No Coke" hit the emerging Mexican indie scene by storm; five years later, Quiero Club is arguably today's most eclectic and critically acclaimed Mexican pop band."
- Reyes, Carlos. "Quiero Club: The Avant-Pop Advisors". NPR.
- “Que Hacer en Caso de Oir Voces,” (What to Do if You Hear Voices”) released with an EP of remixes in tow. The single itself is cause for excitement. It’s more multi-layered and polished than a lot of their earlier work. In fact, it might be their most developed track to date. But how long can this string of singles go on? This last one left a lot of people hoping for more — to say nothing of the others. Dig their dreamy, drama-filled single “Musica” for example. Their sound is just getting better.
- Toksala. "Bands We Like: Mexican Electropop Standard Bearers Quiero Club". MTv Iggy. Retrieved February 18, 2011.