Hardware acid, house & club music with aggressive singing (Spanish) exploring themes of power & control.
Montreal electronic duo, Pelada, have resonated with audiences for their recontextualized blend of Chicago house, Detroit techno with more abstract & abrasive club music. Chris Vargas’ lyrics explore themes of power, surveillance, social, environmental and gender politics.
The duo, comprised of vocalist Chris Vargas and producer Tobias Rochman, create a sound combining a patchwork of sequenced analogue synths, drum machines, samplers with voice that is both urgent and powerful. The resulting live sets are living and breathing entities, energetic and combative.
Pelada grew out of the city’s infamous underground afterhours warehouse scene, performing alongside DJs, punk groups, and live experimental electronic acts. These large parties are often illegal, populated by an eclectic mix of punks, club kids, ravers and freaks, promoting a spirit of inclusiveness and open-mindedness. Pelada embraces this diverse crowd united by a shared interest of letting loose, unsatisfied by what is being offered in the more mainstream clubs.
In early 2016 Pelada dropped their first EP ‘No Hay / Ten Cuidado’, accompanied by a remix from Jock Club (Ascetic House). The material was produced by Pierre Guerineau of Essaie Pas (DFA) and self-released on their own micro label, New. The international electronic underground music community immediately embraced the tracks.
Following up on the momentum of their digital EP, the group flew to Europe and embarked on a massive tour, playing 23 shows in just 3 weeks. The band played for audiences in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic (Creepee Teepee Festival), The Netherlands (Grauzone Daytime Festival), Brussels, Belgium, France (Garage MU Festival), Spain, and Switzerland.
When the tour was finished, they were reunited in the studio with Pierre Guerineau (Marie Davidson, Essaie Pas, Dirty Beaches) to begin recording their first proper full length album, to be released in 2017.
In the meantime, their digital singles have now been properly re-issued in a physical format by MIND Records in Paris (Bernardinio Femminielli, Night Musik, Bataille Solaire). The label decided to release them on clear vinyl, and were sold out via online pre-sales before release date.
Pelada then returned to Europe & Russia in February 2017 for their second major tour in 6 months, playing 20 new cities and 9 countries and connecting with audiences for their memorable live show.
Selected discography Pelada
NEW002 - Pelada - 'EP' - 'No Hay / Ten Cuidado'