Interview - Los Punsetes

Photos by JP Abello

No matter where I went during LAMC, I could expect to hear Los Punsetes’ “Tus Amigos.” It was the unlikeliest of theme songs, but it worked. And often people would be singing along because, not surprisingly, people seem to get a lot of pleasure out of belting out that brazen chorus. When I interviewed the band, huddled in a corner of the hotel, that was the first thing I mentioned.

Blanca: I’ve heard your song “Tus Amigos” everywhere that I’ve gone this week. When you decided to make it your first single off of LP2, did you expect such a reaction?

Ariadna: No. At the beginning we weren’t so sure about the song, about how it would be received.

Chema: As soon as we started playing it live, though, there was a reaction from the crowd. It’s a pop song with a catchy melody. It’s something fun. I think it’s also because we are giving people the chance to tell people off.

Ariadna: Yes, and the chance to say bad words.

Blanca: I know that’s always a selling point for me. And your second single is “Dinero,” right? How do you feel about that as a follow-up to “Tus Amigos?”

Antonna: I don’t think it’s as catchy as “Tus Amigos,” but it doesn’t have to be. We like the song a lot, and the video, whenever it gets finished, is going to be great.

Blanca: Awesome, I’m looking forward to that. Are you working on any other new stuff?

J: In September, we’re releasing a remixes album.

Antonna: We’re constantly working on new music, but right now we’re playing so much that we don’t have as much time to do that.

Blanca: How do you feel about the performances you’ve had at the conference?

Ariadna: The concerts have been very different. The first one, there were so many bands, that everyone was there to see someone different. And a lot of people were just there to hear something new. But at the show we played last night, people knew who they were there to see. So, there were people dancing around, and that was a surprise for us. It was great.

Blanca: Have you gotten a chance to check out any of the other bands?

Ariadna: Yes, at the acoustic showcase.

Antonna: We saw La Bien Querida, who we love, of course.

Ariadna: And Alex Cuba was very interesting. His hair was interesting, too.

Chema: It was like a microphone.

Blanca: Let me take things back a bit. How did y’all (there goes my inner Texan, again) get started as a band?

Gonzalo: We met in college.

Ariadna: Like 14 years ago.

Gonzalo: We’d been friends for a long time, and when we finished college, we didn’t have anything to do. So, we said, “Why don’t we start a band?” When we started out, it was just for fun and, little by little, it’s turning into something more serious.

Blanca: How is the music you make now different from the music you made when you first started?

J: It’s more rock-oriented, faster, harder, not as poppy as the first songs. I like it much better.

Ariadna: They are darker, the new songs.

Chema: More psychadelic, maybe. And a little bit better played.

Antonna: Well, I don’t know about that. We don’t play well really. Chema, maybe.

Ariadna: Chema is the only who is good at this.

Blanca: And as you were developing your sound in Madrid, did you feel that there was a vibrant and supportive community of musicians?

Ariadna: There are a lot of bands in Madrid that maybe don’t play the same style of music but are in the same situation.

Gonzalo: There’s no exclusively Madrid scene. We feel close to a lot of bands outside of Madrid, like in Barcelona.

Antonna: It’s not about isolated scenes in certain cities because we play Barcelona a lot and, in that way, we are connected.

Gonzalo: There is a certain mood in Madrid. I don’t know how to explain it, but I know it’s important to what we do.

Antonna: If we lived in some other town, the music wouldn’t be the same.