The time has finally come. Bachaco’s long awaited and highly anticipated self-titled debut album is out this August 21 and available worldwide through all online stores and has already been selected by iTunes as “New and Noteworthy”
Delanuca Music Group in conjunction with Complot Entertainment, is proud to announce that BACHACO, the band’s self-titled debut album has FINALLY arrived!!!
As challenging as it might be for an independent band to survive today and tour as consistently as BACHACO, the group’s dedication in the past 5 years to develop its sound through their shows around the U.S. and the world is the main reason why it’s been so long for the much awaited debut release. On August 21, 2012, the Miami, Florida-based band — led by founder and singer Edilberto “Eddy” Morillo, venezuelan — will drop their first ever released studio effort, BACHACO. This album’s sounds reflects the band’s quest for indulging themselves in new sounds and brewing the spicy afro-caribbean fusion of reggae, dancehall, cumbia along with other groovy beats that is their trademark.
Five years since the band’s first appearance, BACHACO, the album, represents the most up-to-date recorded material in the band’s history. The record showcases the skills and musical talent of the original 6 piece core lineup of musicians on all songs as well as the special appearance of South America’s own reggae legend GONDWANA on “Cruzando Fronteras” with whom BACHACO has already had the honor to share stage in Florida this summer. In this release the band consists of Edilberto “Eddy” Morillo, Venezuelan, singer on all songs, Matthew Jacquette, Jamaican-American, playing electric guitars on all songs, acoustic guitars on “Ni Una Lagrima” and “Culebra” as well as jamaican-style raggamuffin patwa vocals on “Jamaican Cumbia”, “Cruzando Fronteras”, “Ni Una Lagrima” and “La Ola”, Bruce McKinnon Jr., American of Colombian-Irish roots, plays trumpet on all the songs and raps, bringing a hip-hop element to the band, on “Feeling Good”, “Pollution” and “Culebra”, Alexander Cruz, Puerto Rican, plays trombone on all tracks, Jose Morillo, Venezuelan, multi-instrumentalist, recorded bass and backing vocals on all tracks as well as acoustic and electric guitars on “Contigo” and “Mi Sol”, song that was co-written with Domingo Medina, Venezuelan, who in turn recorded drums for all tracks and recorded that soulful electric guitar solo on his own song, “Contigo”.
The record couldn’t come sooner for the band’s growing loyal fanbase who have been receiving a taste of the live versions on this summer’s Feeling Good tour and patiently awaiting the band’s first release since its foundation 5 years ago! The release drops August 21, and comes as the group cruises thru Philadelphia en-route back to Florida where the band will be getting ready for yet another U.S. Tour coming up. Just in time to give their eager fans a new Fall soundtrack. BACHACO, the album, is an ultimate showcase of the band’s evolution as players and songwriters as the band enters its 6th year. More defined yet more open to new sounds while still conserving the thirst for fusing influences, the band’s root, the music is a journey to your own paradise from wherever you may be listening. BACHACO definitely strived to make listening to this record worth the long wait.
“We can’t be happier to release our first record any other time than now when we are touring the most and getting the most support from our fans.” explained Edilberto “Eddy” Morillo. “It is a turning point for our career and we’re sure that our fans are going to love the album as much as we loved writing and recording it.”
Reggae is major factor and is definitely present in Bachaco’s first record ever, traveling from the positive uplifting, upbeat tunes of songs like “Feeling Good” and “Ciao”, to the not-so-typical love songs like “Ni Una Lagrima”, about a one-sided love relationship, and “Contigo” dedicated to someone who has lost a dear family member, and back to basics with socially conscious tracks like “Pollution”, claiming the beginning of a green revolution and “Cruzando Fronteras” “Cruzando Fronteras” featuring GONDWANA, an anthem that seeks to eliminate borders and flags was recorded at Phantom of the Opera studio in Miami’s Design District and counted with the participation of I-Locks Labbé, El Pez Ramirez, Keno Vargas, Leo Dread and Gondwana’s new singer MC Jona. BACHACO’s own Matthew Jacquette, describes recording with GONDWANA as “an enlightening experience and though years apart in experience, the music brought us together”. In fact it did bring Chile, Venezuela, Colombia, Jamaica and Puerto Rico together in a song that promises to transcend in the history of Latin Reggae.
Some of the most awaited tracks on this album are “Cumbia pa’ la Nena” and “Jamaican Cumbia” songs that pay homage to the South America’s own Afro-Caribbean roots and that, as the Miami Herald commented, “are infectious, they immediately make you want to get up and dance”. These tracks have in the past been licensed to ZUMBA, an international fitness brand, which has gained the band some international recognition all throughout Europe and beyond. To add to the collection of cumbia-infused tracks a new track “Culebra” makes appearance for the first time with its addictive middle-eastern style fanfares and seductive lyrics over a Brazilian carnival marching band-influenced drum beat.
BACHACO co-produced this record independently at home along with young Full Sail Graduate and producer Mariano Aponte whose past experience includes working in Weed, California at Radio Star Studios, where Sublime with Rome recorded their latest album. This work also counts with the appearance of local Miami musicians, Alan Reyna on percussion throughout most of the album, known for his previous work with Locos Por Juana and Xperimento, and Alex Guardia on Trombone solo for BACHACO’s first ever instrumental track “Ciao”. In this musical journey, BACHACO also decided to experiment at the recording studio with rock-infused songs like “La Ola”, a ska-flavored rock track that is all about partying and living up the night until sunrise and “Mi Sol” an acoustic-electric power ballad written by Jose Morillo and Domingo Medina while on tour for a love waiting back home.
The wait is over, BACHACO’s highly anticipated debut album is here and ready to play loudly on speakers across the world. The band continues to define and redefine its sound everyday and giving their fans that contagious feel-good music without boundaries while keeping its international essence. “We are songwriters and will always be, regardless of the genre, we love making new music, this album is the result of hard work, traveling, bonding, exploring and living life to the fullest while following our dreams.” concludes Edilberto “Eddy” Morillo. BACHACO, the album, is definitely a taste of that and more, life in itself, a story in the making told with words and music, the story of BACHACO.
BACHACO’s current Feeling Good Summer Tour features a 7 piece lineup consisting of Edilberto “Eddy Morillo, vocals, Matthew Jacquette, guitar & vocals, Alexander Cruz, trombone, Bruce McKinnon Jr., trumpet and vocals, Farid Cure, guitar, Cristian “Mumbles” Rocha, bass and John “Drummaster” Akins, drums.
FEELING GOOD TOUR:
Aug 21 – Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts (Album Release Party)
Aug 24 – New Smyrna Beach, FL – Beachside Tavern
Aug 25 – Vero Beach, FL – Filthy McNastee’s
Aug 29 – Miami, FL – The Stage (Album Release Party)
Aug 31 – Miami, FL – Moksha Gallery (Downtown Full Moon Party)
Sept 14 – New Orleans, LA – Tulane University
Sept 20 – Savannah, GA – Armstrong Atlantic University
Sept 21 – Savannah, GA – Congress Street Social Club
Sept 23 – Conyers, GA @ Fiesta Georgia
Oct 5 – Boston, MA @ NAGA (Clandestino’s 9th Anniversary!)
Oct 7 – Charleston, SC @ Latin American Festival
Oct 12 – Washington D.C. @ The Rock & Roll Hotel w/ Empresarios & Spanglish Fly
Oct 13 – Asheville, NC @ Fiesta Latina
Oct 14 – Charlotte, NC @ Festival Latinoamericano w/ Jarabe de Palo, Los Amigos Invisibles & more.
Aug 18 – Chicago, IL – Unisono Arts & Music Fest w/ Pacha Massive, Ceci Bastida, Los Rakas & more.
Aug 19 – Chicago, IL – Juniors Sports Bar w/ Malafacha
Aug 17 – Chicago, IL – The Bar 10 Doors
Aug 13 – Reno, NV – Freight House District
Aug 9 – Santa Monica, CA – Zanzibar for Afro Funke’
Aug 8 – Santa Barbara, CA – Sandbar’s Big Wednesday
Aug 6 – Fresno, CA – Fulton 55
Aug 3 – Austin, TX – Sahara Lounge (Midnight) w/ El Tule
Aug 3 – San Antonio, TX – Reggae Bar (8pm)
Aug 2 – Houston, TX - Mango’s Cafe w/ Bending Villa & Laradio Skandaloza
Aug 1 – New Orleans, LA - Maple Leaf Bar w/ Pocket Aces Brass Band
July 28 – Miami Beach, FL – Jazid w/ Macondo Sounds
July 27 – Miami, FL – The Stage w/ The Revivalists
July 21 – Miami, FL – Brickell InDpenDanz Fest
July 20 – Deland, FL – DaVinci’s
July 16 – Seattle, WA – Funhouse
July 15 – Ballard, WA – 2bit Saloon
July 12 – Victoria, BC – CANADA – Victoria Ska Fest
July 10 – Seattle, WA – Funhouse
July 6 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Other Side
July 1 – Memphis, TN – Brinsons
June 30 – Gainesville, FL – Smokehouse Live
June 29 – Clearwater Beach, FL – Billy D’s
June 22 – Miami, Beach, FL – La Diosa
June 20 – Miami, FL – Brickell Irish Pub
FULL ALBUM TRACK LISTING
1. Feeling Good
2. Cruzando Fronteras feat. Gondwana
3. Jamaican Cumbia
5. Ni Una Lagrima
6. Cumbia pa’ la Nena
9. La Ola
10. Mi Sol