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Rascuache exploded onto the Los Angeles rock en español scene in
late 2000 with a mexperimental pop-punk/ska en español sound that
falls somewhere between a mixture of Café Tacuba, Nirvana and
Vicente Fernandez. Rascuache's sound is so diverse that they have
had the privilege of sharing the stage with acts as just as diverse,
including: El Tri, Aterciopelados, Victimas del Dr. Cerebro, Mikel
Exentxum and Circo. Rascuache has released 2 albums, appeared on
various compilations, and toured from Chicago to Mexico City.
Rascuache formed in mid-2000 when Alejandro Najarro (Guitar/Vocals)
and Cirilo Flores (Drums) responded to an ad in the Los Angeles
Recycler, placed by Adam Benítez (Guitar/Vocals), looking for other
musicians to form a rock en español band. After one practice, the
three decided to join forces, and recruited Richard Ewell to play
Rascuache began its career by setting up its own shows, and
promoting them themselves by standing outside every rock en español
event they could find out about and handing out fliers & demos to
every rockero in the club.
The group quickly gained notoriety for their hard work and DIY punk
ethic, but it was their high energy live shows and catchy, simple
music that keep people talking and coming back.
In February 2001, Rascuache released its debut album Amor de lejos...
on El Mero Mero Records. Rascuache promoted Amor de lejos... by
setting up their own tour that spanned from Chicago, Illinois to
In August 2001, Adam's brother, David Benitez, also of the punk
group Osker (Epitaph Records), joined the group on bass. David, with
his easy-going manner and eccentric, fast moving, hard-hitting bass
playing, fit Rascuache perfectly, and gave the group the musical
nitro it was looking for.
In May 2002, the group began recording its ill-fated second album,
¡Soy rascuache y qué! with Grammy award winning Producer Alejandro
Barredo. After months of recording, Rascuache found itself broke
with little to show for all of its work. Disappointed with the ¡Soy
rascuache y qué! sessions, the group fired Barredo and decided to
permanently shelve the recording.
Undaunted by their experience, Rascuache decided to continue
recording on their own. The Benitez brothers, built a studio in the
back of their abuelita's house. Together the group recorded another
24 tracks and then whitled the selection down to 11 songs for what
would become Lo mejor de lo mejor de lo mejor...
Lo mejor de lo mejor de lo mejor... was released in 2003. Rascuache
toured up and down the western US and through Mexico in support of
Tired and frustrated after their recording and touring, the band
decided to take an extended brake.
1. Amor de lejos by Rascuache ©2001 El Mero Mero Records
2. Backyard City Rockers - "Asesino" by Rascuache ©2002
3. Boom Magazine Winter Compilation - "Desecho" by Rascuache
©2002 El Mero Mero Records
4. Lo mejor de mejor de lo mejor by Rascuache ©2003 El Mero
5. Mexico Suena a los Angeles - "Rascuache" y "Tu me has"
©2004 Escuachalo Records
Amor de lejos
No estoy borracho
Una noche mas
Por un momento
Bonus track: La foto
Rascuche on myspace
Rascuache on pure volume
Rascuache on last.fm
Tabs of Rascuache songs on LaCuerda.net
Osker on Epitaph.com