Mexican rock group Enjambre returns to California with two shows in Santa Ana (Feb. 14 at The Observatory) and Los Angeles (Feb. 15 at House of Blues Sunset) as part of their promotion tour for their latest album, Proano.
After 15 years of trajectory and 5 studio albums, Enjambre continues to make great strides in their career through their unique style and musical concept, which has made them one of the most popular alternative rock groups.
In an exclusive with Living Out Loud, keyboardist Julian Navejas spoke about the album and its concept. The band released their latest album in October of last year.
“The album contains 14 songs, and we recorded part of it at the Sonic Ranch studio in Tornillo, TX,” says Navejas. “We polished the material for over a year here at our Mexico City studios before recording. We did all this while we were in the middle of promoting our previous album. We take a very meticulous approach to recording our albums, and while it takes a while, it’s how we prefer to do it, and how we create something new every time.”
The band has already set several dates for concerts and other live performances to promote the album, which Navejas defines as another original project.
“The album is titled Proano, and was named after a famous hill from our hometown that is very symbolic of where we come from,” he says. “It’s also a mine, and the album makes references to that. It’s where we grew up, and this album pays tribute. We try to do something original with each album, and this one is no exception.”
Navejas adds, “We took it a bit further than usual and worked with an outside producer for the first time. I had produced our previous albums with fusions and technical details, but now we are working with Phil Vynal, who’s a very talented and renowned English producer. his touch really makes it quite different than anything we’ve done in the past.”
The album carries with it a bit of nostalgia, with a very homey feel.
“The album is full of feeling, and the songs attest to that. For example, ‘Sabado Perpetuo’ talks about when were tenns and horsed around with our friends back home, and how we’ve changed since then,” Navejas points out. “It talks about that place and our country, from where it’s harder and harder to get out of because of the violence and danger. Another song called ‘Calzada Proano’ talks about leaving your hometown behind, and features a more blues and rock n’ roll feel – something we had never done before.”
Navejas looks back at his years with the group fondly, and promises that Enjambre will be around for many years to come.
“It’s been very gratifying to dedicate myself to music. it’s like a bohemian dream. I’ve been playing since I was 10 years old, and always dreamed of doing music. We’re not the biggest band in the world, but we’re successful and our fans love us. Enjambre is already a dream come true and I never imagined we would make it this far,” he says.
The band will be at The Observatory in Santa Ana on the 14th and at the House of Blues in LA on the 15th. They will then perform in Chicago on March 7, Washington DC on the 8th, New York on the 9th, and San Diego on the 11th.
Proano is available on digital platforms and on hard copy in Mexico. For more information and album sales, visit www.enjambre.mx.