If you like shaking your rump at some point during your 9 to 5, Money Chicha needs a spot on your payroll playlist. Featuring members of Grupo Fantasma and Brownout, this Austin five-piece specializes in “chicha” music, a genre with origins in 1960s/70s Peru and Colombia that emphasizes Latin rhythms, psychedelic and surf rock-influenced guitar, and heavy auxiliary percussion. Money Chicha adds a modern twist to their eponymous musical style, with syncopated rhythms, gritty organ and synth tones and LOTS of effects.
“Echo En Mexico” perfectly captures Money Chicha’s reinvigorated psych-cumbia sound. It’s a consistent display of technical skill across guitar, bass, keys, and percussion, resulting in contagious Latin rhythms guaranteed to get your booty movin’.
“Echo En Mexico” was recorded live in KUTX’s Studio 1A. It also appears on Echo En Mexico, out now via Vampisoul.
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