“Doctor! Doctor! We're addicted to these Mexican synth-rockers.”—The Guardian
“Anthemic, synth-laden, subtly neo-disco”—MTV Iggy
“The Mexican revolution…something fresh.”—Consequence of Sound
Noisey is premiering the video for Rey Pila’s “Alexander” from their Cult Records-released single Alexander/Lady in Red. Of the video, Noisey says, “What a scene. What a song.” Watch the video here: bit.ly/1hGdmeO. Additionally, the band will play three live dates in California this May—see below for full details.
The video was filmed in Toronto with director Sammy Rawal (AlunaGeorge, Metric, The New Pornographers). The band notes, “When Sammy (director) first sent us his idea for the video we immediately clicked with it. All we had sent him were a few visual references, and were pretty clear on the look we wanted the video to have, we wanted the video to tell some kind of story, with some amount of darkness to it.” Rawal adds, “The video for ‘Alexander’ tells a story of a corrupt tarot card reader / psychic who hustles customers out of their money. Intercut with the narrative are high-energy performances from the star of the video, Ila Kavanagh, in which she lip syncs Diego's vocals. It was filmed over two days in Toronto, in the back of a friend's antique and oddities shop.”
“Alexander” comes from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, recorded at DFA Studios in New York City and produced by Chris Coady (Beach House, Smith Westerns, Wavves). The release’s B side is Rey Pila’s take on Chris De Burgh’s Lady in Red. The band recently recorded a live session for Fill Indie Blanks, watch it here: http://bit.ly/ReyPilaFIBsession
Rey Pila is Diego Solorzano, Rodrigo Blanco, Andres Velasco and Miguel Hernandez, though it was born in Mexico City as Solorzano’s solo project. The self-titled debut was recorded in 2009 and co-produced by Solorzano and Paul Majahan (TV on the Radio, Liars, Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Rey Pila has played with the likes of Interpol, Muse, TV on the Radio and Ariel Pink, in addition to their own sold-out headlining concerts in Mexico and abroad. Nylon calls Solorzano “an absolutely magnetic performer.” In 2012, Rey Pila’s current lineup moved to New York City and entered the studio to begin work on their second album, coming soon on Cult Records.
Cult Records is helmed by Julian Casablancas. In addition to Rey Pila, the Cult Records roster includes Albert Hammond, Jr., Cerebral Ballzy, Har Mar Superstar and Reputante.
REY PILA TOUR DATES
May 4 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
May 5 Los Angeles, CA School Night at Bardot
May 6 San Francisco, CA Wood Shoppe at Brick & Mortar