With twelve studio albums under their belts, Pez is an experienced band with an approach to music more akin of band just starting, showing an openness to journey into new territories with each album. They’re like a grown-up man who has a chance to be a kid again and revisit his childhood, applying all the wisdom acquired through the years to the playful circumstances.
If you can get past lyrics not being sung in English (and you should), then you’re in for a ride.
Pez begun their ride back in 1993, led by Ariel Minimal, the only original member still remaining. Minimal came to be also the guitarist for Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, one of the most successful bands to ever come out of Argentina and South America, responsible for the Grammy winning album Fabulosos Calavera, which is definitely worth checking out.
Pez took a while to find themselves, struggling with unstable lineups and the gig Ariel Minimal had as hired gun for the much more successful Cadillacs. After eleven years of experimentation with different sounds and band members, Pez recorded what would be their finest album to date. Folklore, their seventh studio recording, was released on 2004, received with reviews reviews and giving the band a much deserved recognition across their native country. The first single off Folklore was Maldición:
After their break-though, the band kept experimenting with different sounds, going into a more folksy mode in Hoy, then going to their heaviest, which is where the band is at the moment, as a trio. They remain kings of the underground music scene, without any affiliation to big record labels, which, on one hand makes it very difficult to find the resources to make an album, but also helps immensely to project an unaltered artistic expression.
Both this and the video at the top are from the recording sessions of their latest album, Nueva era, viejas mañas, which was released last year. You can like Pez on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to stay up to date with the latest.