About five years ago I was carpooling to U of R with Tony Dávalos. He was coming off of a 8 month musical hibernation due to the implosion of his popular band The Holly Springs Disaster.
He told me how excited he was that he would be starting a really cool Chilean band with his dad and uncle. It didn’t sound like a very cool band to me at the time but I kept this to myself. It wasn’t long before the name Andino Suns began popping up everywhere.
Not only were they making ground in the world music arena, they became wildly popular in the Saskatchewan Indie scene playing festivals and hipster bars to a crowd that would actually dance to their music instead of just grabbing cool and disinterested while leaning on a wall.
I think that’s the reason for Andino Suns’ popularity. They are a buzz band in the best way a band can be. They are not the mustache toting, guitar tone perfecting, hair over the eyes indie band that I think we’ve all grown bored of. They are different. They are a refreshing, danceable world band that sings about love, life and political issues you probably didn’t know existed. Both their albums are great but for the full experience you need to see them live. You will dance, you will feel alive.
Here’s an interview I did with Tony Dávalos, the guitarist for Andino Suns. We talked about his musical journey and his work in Andino Suns and Desert Island Classic.
Andino Suns play Gateway Music Festival July 22-24.