La Vida Bohème
La Vida Boheme is a GRAMMY nominated and twice Latin GRAMMY nominated dance rock band. Their 2011 debut album ‘Nuestra’, was featured in NPR’s ‘Top 50 Albums of the Year’, and the band was selected as iTunes ‘Breakthrough Latino Artist of the Year’ and finalists in MTV Iggy’s ‘Best New Band in the World’
La Vida Boheme’s first performance in the US, at the Latin Alternative Music Conference earned the band a photo and feature on the front page of the NY Times’ arts section. Their song “El Buen Salvaje” appears in EA Games’ video game ‘FIFA 2012’.
At SXSW 2012, La Vida Boheme was featured on both the Billboard and NPR showcases, performances reviewed by Esquire Magazine: “
When I saw this band at SXSW, I flashed to seeing The Clash in 1979. It was the fierceness, the original sound, the hodgepodge of styles — it was the clash of cultures and sound.”
La Vida Boheme’s debut album, ‘Nuestra,’ owes as much to influences like LCD Soundsystem and The Clash as it does to Mercedes Sosa and Mano Negra. Early in their career, the Caracas based group won a“battle of the bands” contest and began to plug themselves into the local dive bar circuit. A devoted following quickly formed as thousands of fans were coming out to shows to sing along to songs that weren’t even released yet. Soon radio stations were calling the band demanding a single from a record that had not been finished. An underground swell of support was developing with the band’s fanbase calling itself “La Resistance”.
In a matter of months La Vida Boheme achieved something Venezuelan rock bands have been trying to do for the past 20 years: sold out every venue they played, got the #1 song of 2010 in the two most important, nation-wide pop radio stations and collapsed the city due to an unexpected turn-out in a free show in a public square. After signing with Nacional Records, alongside artists like Manu Chao and the Nortec Collective, their album debuted at #2 in the iTunes Rock Latino charts on its first day of release.
“With an explosive mix of punk, ‘80s dance and industrial rock — plus lyrics that are pure Latin American poetry — La Vida Boheme’slive show is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Intelligent, challenging and rebellious, it’s living proof that Latin rock is alive and putting up a fight” – NPR
“La Vida Boheme is more than just a dance punk band. There’s a burning intelligence and passion here.” – MTV IGGY
“With influences ranging from 80’s punk to funk and dance music, Caracas, Venezuela’s La Vida Bohème have a unique and rockin’ sound.” – KEXP
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