Don Cabron - Vocals & Guitar
Luiz Calyptico - Bass & Dark Vocals
Feliz Rompehielos - Guitar
Cornzales del Grano - Drums
El Chiste - Keyboards
This is the story of five friends, who we shall refer to as
the 5 amigos for reasons that will unfold later. It all began in 2003 in the old
mining town of Huasca de Ocampo, where the 5 amigos, all sons of German
immigrants, went to the Catholic immigrant school, Santa Maria de Composto.
These boys enjoyed an unusual reputation in their class: while the majority of
their peers were predestined for diplomatic service, our heroes knew but one aim
in life – music.
The foundation of their band, Ranchos Huevos, farmer's omelette in English, was
a first step. A ban from the stage at the summer fete of their strictly
conservative school caused a major altercation. The five friends' sinister
metal-mex sound and lyrical allusions to the sexual behaviour of the priests who
taught at the school ensured their immediate expulsion. The 5 amigos had no
choice but to devote themselves to their music on a professional level. Ranchos
Huevos wanted to tour. Small Mexican labels professed an interest in their work,
but were not prepared to invest in their development. The band played gigs all
over the country, rarely earning more than a sold-out barn and a few pesetas.
July 2004 saw the 5 amigos bust and at the end of their budding career; until
one fateful summer night on Lake Pátzacuaro gave the story of our friends an
entirely new twist. The consumption of rare mushrooms and several Tequilas were
instrumental in hatching a dangerous plan: they decided to kidnap the champion
bull, El Cavallo, during the traditional Corrida de Toros in the old silver town
of Taxco, hoping to finance a promotional trip to Europe with the ransom. The
plan seemed simple and ingenious enough. Never before had a bull been kidnapped
in Mexico, so security measures were a little on the lax side during the corrida.
Their coup worked out. El Cavallo was hidden in a cave near Tapalpa and the
quintet demanded a 250,000 US dollar ransom for his release. Sadly, the 5 amigos
were unaware that El Cavallo happened to be at the centre of a gigantic betting
scandal, organised by the bosses of a Mexican drugs cartel. Before the five
figured out just whom they had kidnapped, they were already on the country's
most wanted list, with 500,000 US dollars on their heads. Which explains why
this young band would prefer to remain anonymous.
With the help of several devoted fans, the friends left the country in the dead
of night, fleeing the continent soon afterwards.
The 5 amigos met Drakkar Music's Bogdan Kopec at a Christmas festival in
December 2004. Kopec was fascinated by their story and the amazing musical
potential of these young German Mexicans and signed them for his label. That
same night saw the birth of the concept of los LOS, as they decided to call
themselves. International summer hits, presented in true metal-mex style, became
their instant trademark. July 2005 saw the arrival of their first singe, "Vamos
a la playa", causing a major stir on the scene. Every line sounds like a
defiant, snotty WE'LL SHOW YOU!. It's obvious that the band's uncompromising
attitude is more than merely a pose, it's the expression of their experiences.
Let's hope that los LOS' continuously growing reputation doesn't go all the way
to Mexico, otherwise the band's numerous summer gigs would be visited not only
by German fans but also by the owners of the bull who died of a snakebite only
two days after our heroes' escape.
Find more out at www.loslos.com
or head to http://www.drakkar.de/loslos/