In October, Australia’s favourite Psych-Latin outfit San Lazaro is taking to the road to bring their album, La Despedida to the people. Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra and Melbourne best get prepared for that Latin heat because San Lazaro are guaranteed to both keep it real and keep it real caliente. A twangy, electric mix of psych cumbia, salsa and Cuban son, La Despedida has been getting rave reviews all over Australian radio and media. Now San Lazaro are crossing state lines for the first time in years to bring you the live show – an eight piece band that sets the stage alight.
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)
Buy their album on LP/CD/Digital here
San Lazaro’s second album ‘La Despedida’ is about to drop (Friday 22nd July)!! In celebration the band put together a playlist that highlights influence and inspiration behind the writing and recording of the LP. Dig in…
La Ola is the second single from San Lazaro’s ‘La Despedida’ Album. A bouncing piece of psychedelic garage cumbia featuring twangy guitars, ‘down the well’ echo vocals and bumping oompah bass.
Heavily influenced by the “Chicha” sound of 1970s Peru and the classic cumbias of Colombia’s Discos Fuentes label, La Ola is the tale of a fickle love that comes and goes like the tides and the waves.
Digital cumbia has become one of the great dance music movements of the 21st century. La Ola goes back in time to the genre’s roots and connects them to the future. San Lazaro’s ‘La Despedida’ album is available on 22nd of July.
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¡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!!!
Announcing: our first album for 2016, San Lazaro‘s “La Despedida” available July 22!! Wax Poetics are premiering the title track and accompanying video by Blank Tape Music. AND it’s a free download 🎧 🎧🎧
Some of you may have figured this out already, but we have had a long running relationship with production group Blank Tape Music. They run as an artist management service, label and audio & video production studio based in Northcote, Melbourne. We’ve been working with them on video productions for a number of our artists including Emma Donovan & The PutBacks, Quarter Street, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, The Meltdown, San Lazaro and One Sixth. Click the names to check the videos out.
They’ve put together a killer reel from the past while, and it features a bunch of our artists. Check it out at