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When the lineup shifted and the current formation of Guajiro emerged, the master plan, as Lopez likes to call it, was finally possible. They booked shows in Puerto Rico and Mexico while continuing to establish themselves on the Miami scene. Though Churchill's Pub and Studio A have become their main performance venues, ground zero is an expansive dental warehouse in Hialeah. It was there, in a stuffy backroom, where the concept for Material Subversivo was created. The video for the album's first single, "Santa Fe," was shot there as well.
Listening to the record is like going on a journey with punk and all of its various offshoots. A song like "Delinquente" is all Agnostic Front drums and thrash, yet "Bad Idea" starts off like the tune "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer and gets more emotional as it continues. "Santa Fe" is pure Spanglish rock with an edge, perfect for MTV Latin America, where it's already getting spins. The bandmates have no problem with their highly varied sound.
"Whatever, man, you can say what you want about this band; maybe it's not hip with the hipsters or the indie crowd, but we don't really give a shit about that," says Gonzalez. "We make music and let the rest take care of itself." It's this combination of confidence and nonchalance that sets the band apart from some of its younger competitors. These qualities were definitely evident during the filming of Rally MTV, an Amazing Race-style series of challenges across South America.
"We had to go from So Paolo, Brazil, down to the beach for this rally," says Gonzalez, beinning to laugh. "The first band, they went to a McDonald's, ate real fast, and then took off. And we're like, Ah fuck that.' We went to a churrascaria, we had a bunch of beer, 30 pounds of meat, soccer game on every channel, and the folks are saying, Hey, you're losing the rally,' and it's like, Uh, yeah ... whatever.'"
They're soaking all of it up, and with so much experience under their belts, they recognize an opportunity worth savoring.
"A lot of it's just knowing how to enjoy life," says Lopez. "We're already satisfied in many respects as people. We're just playing the music that we love and letting everything come to us."