Tropa Magica uphold tradition and Mexican identity with psychedelic cumbia rock.
The East L.A. duo made a name for themselves by combining alternative, grunge, and psychedelic rock with cumbia — a danceable genre that originates from Colombia and is typically grouped with tropical sounds like salsa, merengue and bachata, among many. But Tropa Magica expands that sound by featuring diverse instruments and incorporating bossa nova, surf rock and disco.
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TROPA MAGICA “III”
Release date: May 13th, 2022
East LA’s, Psychedelic Cumbia Punk outfit Tropa Magica release their third studio album Tropa Magica “III” following up their ambitious sophomore album “Tripiando Al Infinito En Mi Recamara” which got placements on Netflix’s Gentefied and Felipe Ezparza’s Bad Decisions Comedy Special. Tropa Magica “III” will be co-released internationally on vinyl by the Greecian label “Green Cookie” Records.
During the pandemic Pacheco brothers David and Rene, worked on this album from hundreds of miles apart in different states. David residing in New Mexico emailed Rene tracks and via emails they mixed and mastered this new album. Originally meant to be demos, the brothers decided to release the tracks in their “lo-fi” state in order to remain truthful and reflecting of the times in which it was written.
Unlike previous albums some of these songs first started off as commissions that David wrote for patrons in order to make some extra cash while unable to tour during the pandemic. What results is a Tropa Magica album that has less production but instead caters to its audience and retains a more coherent and unified Tropa sound. The band prepares to tour nationally this year to support the album.
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“Invigorating”, “brilliant”, “reckless”, and “charismatic” are just a slew of the adjectives used to describe the now two-year-old Tropa Magica. Initially fated to fail the Pacheco brothers proved that starting anew was not an otherworldly task. The brothers immediately rebranded and released a self titled debut LP with appraisal by Buzzbands LA and KCRW’s Jose Galvan, who ranked it as one of his top 10 albums of 2018.
Having toured nationally and on multiple southwest and west coast tours, Tropa Magica have supported established acts such as Chicano Batman, La Sonora Dinamita, and comedian Felipe Ezparsa. The band has boldly and successfully taken on larger LA stages at venues such as The Microsoft Theater, El Rey Theater and The Hollywood Palladium.
In 2018 and 2019 Tropa Magica performed at So-Cal festival favorites “Desert Daze” and “Tropicalia”. Despite the pandemic, 2020 has been a fruitful year for the band. They wrote and recorded the theme song for comedian Felipe Esparza’s new Netflix special. They collaborated with the notorious Foo’s Gone Wild Instagram page on the “Foo Files Cumbia” track that was released earlier this year.
Lastly, Tropa Magica has released their new sophomore album. The album is a reminder that despite adversity the band is still a powerhouse writing machine. Produced by brother David Pacheco the album reaches new ambitious heights that will garner attention for the brothers as not only a “live band” but as skilled songwriters.
Οι Tropa Magica υποστηρίζουν την παράδοση και τη μεξικάνικη ταυτότητα με την ψυχεδελική cumbia rock.