It’s a tropical night. You hear the sound of congas and bongos, brass sections and chorus vocals. It’s a toe-tapping hip-rolling mambo and that cowbell is ringing and the bass is bouncing and while it’s a familiar sound, something seems different this time.
San Lazaro’s unique take on Latin music is a blend of old school salsa and classic Cuban Son. Beyond that, it references everything from psych funk to roots reggae to Spaghetti Western film soundtracks. It’s raw, noisy and electric one moment and sweet and soulful the next. They sound like no one else, and maybe that’s because San Lazaro come from an unexpected corner of the world: Melbourne, Australia. Featuring musicians with backgrounds from Chile to India to Cuba to Outback Australia, San Lazaro is an all singing, all dancing tower of Babel. They cut their teeth on the standards of salsa and mambo, and are respectful inheritors of those traditions, but now stand alone as providers of a truly individual Latin sound.
They are now set to release their second LP La Despedida, an honest, unapologetic and personal collection of songs full of heartache and loss. La Despedida – Spanish for “The Farewell” – is a psychedelic, post – apocalyptic meta – breakup album. The album is set to release 22nd July in CD, Digital and LP. Here the first two tracks from La Despedida below.
2016 Australian tour dates
October 14th & 15th – Casablabla (Adelaide) BUY TICKETS
October 21st – Venue 505 (Sydney) BUY TICKETS
October 22nd – Anu Bar (Canberra) BUY TICKETS
October 30th – The Night Cat (Melbourne)
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“A fantastic local release, really owning their sound and delivering it with a punch.” – CHRIS GILL (NORTHSIDE RECORDS)