Los Chinches are devoted to chicha music, the psychedelic rock'n'roll sound that rocked Lima in the '60s and '70s - the kings of tropical Rock'n'Roll. London punks meet Amazonic jungle demons, Peruvian psychedelia and 60s raw garage rock...
Description: Los Chinches are one of the most exciting and cutting edge acts to emerge from the new Latin scene; a combination of Peruvian percussionists and London bred guitar and keyboard players creating an epic new sound that harnesses the psychedelic twists of Peruvian Cumbia and the Punk and Ska spirit of London. Namely they draw upon the style of Cumbia developed in Peru in the 1960s - known as 'Chicha' – which, along with their unique rocking tropical energy, makes for blistering live performances and an ever-growing reputation.
"Everytime Los Chinches play at our venue they blow the roof off!"
Sophia Yates, Venue Owner & Programmer, The Hootananny (London
Lifestyle Awards Best Live Music Venue 2011)
“The best Psychedelic Peruvian band out there.” Chris Tofu, Festival
Programmer/Director, Continental Drifts
"Los Chinches are amongst the best of the best of London’s wealth of Latin American style bands… tropical, Amazonian, psychedelic… guarantors of a great night out, of dancing and brilliant musicianship." Oliver Carruthers, Head of Programming, Rich Mix (Cultural Foundation & arts venue, London)
Alejandro Martinez (timbales / vocals)
Marty 'Haircut' Shtrubel (guitar / vocals)
Garrick 'El Freako' Finngani (guitar / vocals)
Eleni 'Wasabi' Hassabis (keyboards / synth / vocals)
Thibault Remy (bass / vocal )
Nelson 'El Bomba' Midi (bongos)
Kieffer Santander (Congas)
Karlos "Kanti" Kena (vocals / guiro / percussion)
Record label: Movimientos Records
Personal information: Born in the heat of the British summer Los Chinches brought together a diverse and dynamic mix of musicians who had all caught the Chicha bug. Taking influence from the raw, gritty sound of the early Peruvian pioneers and adding their own eclectic touch the band is creating a new sound.
Los Chinches interpretation of Chicha music is very much their own, with backgrounds in many musical styles from rock n' roll to jazz to Latin, fusing London's punk attitude and spirit with timeless Amazonian vibes. Their sound and live performance is a psychedelic burst of energy driven by a fierce frontline of percussion.
Los Chinches have enjoyed a whirl wind year of shows in the UK, rocking venues all over London such as The Barbican (as part of La Linea festival) The Green Note, Cargo and Passing Clouds (for Arriba la Cumbia and Movimientos). They’ve also appeared at some of the UK's most prestigious and exciting festivals including Lovebox, The Secret Garden Party and a headline slot at the Club DaDa tent at Bestival.
Personal interests: Los Destellos, Los Mirlos, Juaneco Y Su Combo, Eusebio Y Su Banjo, Los Hijos Del Sol, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles