The five-piece band Kinky (Gilberto Cerezo, Ulises Lozano, Carlos Chairez, Omar Gongora, and Cesar Pliego) emerged from the desert city of Monterrey, Mexico with a set of world-savvy songs that dispute the fact that most of the ideas were born in their small home studio. As musicians who not only knew their various instruments but each other for many years within the small but supportive music scene of Monterrey, a collective vision of channeling sounds across the globe was definitely within reach.
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Kinky then stormed the Battle of the Bands in New York at the annual LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference) in August 2000, beating out ten other finalists to win the contest for outstanding, unsigned Latin American bands. Shortly thereafter and amidst vying attention from other labels, Chris Allison officially signed Kinky to his London-based Sonic360 group of labels and headed into the studio in Monterrey with them to produce their debut, self-titled album. Through a licensing deal in the U.S. and Canada, Kinky joined Nettwerk's roster of artists in 2000.
Kinky integrated the stylishness of discerning American and European dance grooves and straight-ahead rock ‘n roll with traditional rhythms from throughout South America. Their fresh new sound combined with extensive touring throughout the US gained fans and supporters worldwide as people discovered Kinky is a band that truly comes alive on stage with each show resulting in energetic performances that quickly evolved into manic dance parties.
The band decided to set out on their own to produce their sophomore effort, Atlas, seeking a fresh setting that would further develop their ideas. Uprooting their studio Kinky headed deep into the jungle, taking up temporary residence in an isolated ranch in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
They composed seven of the album's songs there, surrounded no one but each other and several foreign insects and animals.
In order to write a few more songs and finish the album, Kinky traveled to a different sort of jungle — Los Angeles.
There they worked with venerable engineer Thom Russo (System of a Down, Audioslave) who helped the band bring out a more raw rock-driven sound in comparison with their electro-pop dominated debut.
Atlas also features a few select guest contributions. Songwriter Itaal Shur (perhaps best known for Santana's “Smooth”) came on board to co-write “Not Afraid,” And John McCrea of Cake (who Kinky toured with) lends his considerable vocal talents to the punchy Colombian rhythms and vintage organ effects that make up “The Headphonist.”
In addition to their two highly successful full-length albums, Kinky also released a 2004 EP version of Santana's ‘Oye Como Va' (which can be heard on the film soundtrack for ‘Man on Fire') and in September 2005 Sony/BMG Latin released a Kinky compilation of their first two albums titled ‘Recordatorio'. Kinky has begun producing their next record, tentatively scheduled for a late spring 2006 release.
Although they are not currently supporting a release, Kinky continues to tour the globe out of pure demand for them to bring their energetic stage performance all over the globe, delivering the kind of music you can feel all over your body…. now that's Kinky.
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