Having been playing in the city for over 10 years, Los Chavos are proud to be on the vanguard of original urban latin music in Australia - releasing their debut EP in 2008 - a tight testament to their live sound and their unique vision - before releasing their debut album "SuperMeng" in 2012.
A significant development of their live performances, the album showcased the bands signature energy coupled with complex arrangements and a variety of Afro-Latin rhythms such as cumbia, dub/reggae, merengue, timba and chakarera but never straying too far from their ska/reggae roots.
"I WANNA" is the first single from the forthcoming LP which has been 4 years in the making and sees the local urban latin band harken back to their ska/rock inspirations.
A sweet bolero lullaby opens the song before a blast of psychedelic ska hits - “I WANNA" sees front man Andy Jauregui singing in English and features rap vocals midway through from MC HouseMouse before venturing into psychedelic territory with a blistering guitar solo from Matthew Lustri. Always a crowd pleaser when played live, the song’s lyrics are a life affirming anthem.
“It’s about following your dreams through the pressures of self-judgement and risk of rejection - living boldly and proudly but never losing your sense of innocent mischief and play.”
- MC HouseMouse
The new LP to be released in late 2018 sees Los Chavos experiment with different rhythms in addition to more songs in English and a renewed focus on the electric guitar.
SUPERMENG (2012) - REVIEW - THE DWARF
Canberra based Latin ska/cumbia outfit, Los Chavos, deliver their first long play and follow on in the great tradition of Australian Latin bands like Watussi and San Lazaro. Whilst this release is completely in Spanish, don’t let that deter you from picking this outstanding Australian Latin release.
Supermeng is a mature release that reflects the evolution of Los Chavos as an experienced outfit. There are slight influences from Manu Chau, Calle 13 and Juanes which will delight every Latin music lover in Australia.
Supermeng starts with an upbeat “Carlos Calvo” and builds up hitting a crescendo with a good paced merengue “Como Puedo”. The closing track “Reina” is a soulful exploration of love which closes an excellent debut for Los Chavos.