¡Hola, hermanos y hermanas! We are San Lazaro. A tribe of long-lost Latinos, wandering the desert continent of Australia in search of ourselves and our music. With backgrounds from Chile to Cuba to Catalonia, destiny drew us together at the Southern end of the world to sing the songs we needed to sing and tell the stories we needed to tell.
We’ve been playing and writing Latin music in Melbourne for 15 years now and over the past year, we’ve recording our new album La Despedida. We think we’ve put together a special collection of songwriting that is honest, unapologetic and personal. La Despedida is all about the heartache and love lost, but it’s not just breakup songs. There are protest songs, songs of midnight ennui and songs that promise musical salvation. For the English speakers, we’re looking into ways to subtitle it all, but until we work that out – we invite you to put it on and at least have a dance.
For La Despedida’s amazing album cover, we collaborated with NY-based artist Diego Patiño. Diego has created a unique landscape of psychedelic dystopia inspired by the themes and imagery in our music. When we saw what he’d come up with, we were completely blown away! To properly realise these songs and to make the most of Diego’s amazing artwork, we’re going to present it as a Deluxe Gatefold LP, which we totally cannot afford and that is why we are calling on you to help us out!
In order to manufacture the record in all its fold-out glory, we are asking for your support and contribution. We have a range of audible treats and rewards for any contributions you give, so if you enjoy the sound of the two singles above, please help us out. Check out the rewards listed here. You can give us a donation or you can pre-buy a copy of the record or the cd – we’ll mail it out to you as soon as we can. You can get tickets to our launch in Melbourne too, and if you really love us – you can take the whole band home for a house for an intimate house concert. If we get more money we’ll make a video for our new single La Ola too! All contributions welcome and appreciated. Thanks everyone!!!