Santa Lucia LFR
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Every suppressed or expunged word reverberates
earth from side to side.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
worldbeatcanada radio: Maybe its global warming or maybe the natural flow of immigration northward, but the west coast, guitar-driven Latin sounds that were once the exclusive property of San Franciscos Bay Area and East LA are getting an injection of new life here in Vancouver. Santa Lucia LFR is updating the classic approach of bands like Santana and War making it even funkier and punkier than ever before. Its music with a message that resonates from the soles of your feet to your temporal lobe and with the release of their second album, Suppressed Anthems; theyre obviously just getting started. German Cantillo, guitarist and songwriting provocateur joins me by phone. Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano, German. Congratulations on the new disc.
German Cantillo: Thank you very much!
WBC: In your thoughtful credits you recognize Santa Lucia the patron saint of light for illuminating the cultural diversity of this band. Tell us about your background and those of your band mates.
Originally, I come from
WBC: And the other guys you've teamed up with are from all over, right?
They're from all over the place. Most of the guys I've been playing
with for a
number of years. Byron Russell on sax has an Irish background. Brad
local. He's from
WBC: You know journalists are cursed with making comparisons. I tried to keep them to a minimum in the introduction but you can relate to what I driving at. The funky, brassy west coast Latin sound has never been explored enough and I think you guys are truly pioneering resurgence.
GC: I hope so. There were a lot of issues at stake before embarking on the new record. You don't choose to make a record just for the sake of making one. A Province newspaper writer, Stuart Derdeyn gave us high praise to live up to. He called our first record we made in 2004, "the first funk and Rock en espanol record in the city." So, to break away from being a one record band, we had to set our standards much higher to come up with something strong, high quality, funkier, meaner, angrier and yet, unique.
WBC: Well, good on Stuart for setting the bar so high. The iconography on the package and imagery in your lyrics from big oil to homelessness to megaphones to the halls of justice set this album apart from the boy/biatch fare dominating popular music. Are people ready once again for music with meaning?
You know what? People have always been ready for music with meaning.
particular time you can pinpoint that records weren't made with a
go back to 2008 for a moment. Back then I was writing songs for what
to be our follow-up to The Streets/Las Calles, but never materialized
of things that were happening to me on personal level. I was working
local company with one of the worst safety and environmental records in
city. Litigation followed and suddenly I was fighting a legal battle
Corporate Canada. On top of that there was the passing away of a dear
member and my mom having a stroke. It can put an end to anyone's career
know. So, these songs were shelved. But, you never stop writing. There
lot of events happening around the world and they just give you
write about ... how you feel. The material is in the air. All you have
to do is
grab it, you know, political events, homelessness, signs of
WBC: worldbeatcanada radio is on the pod with Santa Lucia LFR spotlighting their second album called Suppressed Anthems. The band is totally plugged into your social networks. Make your connection by starting at the home page, santalucia.com. German Cantillo is with us. Youve had a chance to share stages with and benefit from the experience of some of the other biggest names in Latin Funk like Ozomatli, Los Mocosos and Yerba Buena. Have they had anything encouraging to say to you in return?
GC: Absolutely! These guys are all living the dream, playing music, writing songs and all that. Advice is given backstage and you share a laugh and you shed a tear.
WBC: How long has your relationship with your relationship with your guitar been going on?
GC: You know that guitar sat on the shelf for almost two years when I was going through that personal stuff. Lately, I've been I've been plugging in a lot. It's something that I am drawn to time and again.
Well, I gotta say, your guitar speaks in a strong voice. There are so
tracks I love on this disc and you can be sure well be sharing them
worldbeatcanada radio. We debuted with the album opener a couple of
War came to me basically watching the news. It's funny how the
German Cantillo was interviewed by Cal Koat on December 22nd 2010 for worldbeatcanada radio