February 9, 2015
In 2005, Rapheal Ruiz (drummer) opened a Spanish dictionary to a random unmarked page and selected the very first word his finger fell upon. Meaning Black Market in their native tongue, Fayuca is this week’s featured band.
Drawing from influences such as Bob Marley, Rx Bandits, Sublime, 311, and King Chango; Phoenix based Fayuca is an innovative fusion of Reggae, Ska, Progressive Punk, and Latin music combined with a balanced mixture of Spanish and English lyrics. Needless to say, the ultimate outcome is an exhilarating blast of sexy, sultry rock that you could easily skank to.
Fierce live performances and relentless touring is not all Fayuca is known for. Including the launch of “Por Que Seguir” on MTV, Fayuca was presented High Times magazine’s Doobie Award for “Best New Underground Artist” back in 2012. Ever watch the El Ray channel? If you didn’t already know, Fayuca’s instrumental “La Venganza” is the title theme (playing both opening and closing credits) for Robert Rodriguez’s hit TV series, Matador. The show follows protagonist Antonio “Matador” Bravo, who doubles as a CIA agent as well as famous soccer star.
Dying to hear a little Fayuca? Come to Connie’s Ric Rac Tuesday the 17th, and check out www.fayuca-music.com for free online streaming (including their most recent studio album, Barrio Sideshow, produced by Ralph Patlan). And while you’re on a Fayuca kick, log on to www.fayucamerch.com for SWEET Lucha Libre/Dia de los Muertos inspired merchandise.
Don’t forget to tune in all this week to hear Fayuca in heavy rotation. You can catch a track at the beginning of every Gashouse Live (weeknights 6pm ET). If you like what you hear, please use the thumbs up/down buttons to share your opinion!