(photo: Zuleira Ch)
Las Robertas are a rock band from San Jose, Costa Rica. They play hazy lo-fi pop tunes with a blend of wailing guitars, heart pounding drums, and echoing vocals. This band consists of four ladies named Meche (Guitar/Vocals), Lola (Vocals/Pandereta), Monse (Bass/Vocals), and Ana María (Drums). With a style that could easily be mistaken for coming from Southern California or Brooklyn, Las Robertas are proof that music is truly universal and you can never be too sure of what’s blasting from speakers in a tropical city and sparking inspiration inside aspiring young artists.
I recently caught wind of Las Robertas and quickly grabbed a copy of their stellar debut record Cry Out Loud. There was little information available about this band, so I contacted them in an attempt to get the scoop on what’s going on with them down in Costa Rica. They were happy to answer some questions for us and talked about their inspiration, finding themselves outsiders among local bands, and being excited about the future.
– Tell us a little bit about how you met each other, and started Las Robertas?
Monse and Meche met through MySpace a long time ago…they liked similar stuff (Isobel Campbell and 60’s New Wave among others), then early 2009 they met up with Lola and decided to start practicing and making songs. Meche used to know Ana M. from school, they both go to the same one, it’s a design-arts specialized university. So approximately 2 months after starting to play, Ana M. joined. Since then, we all became great friends, we’re always hanging out together, also with our manager M. Hortensia.
– What has influenced your music and personal styles?
(photo by: Zach Corbin)
Korey Dane hail from Long Beach, California and play an infectious blend of acoustic driven songs with powerful vocals and engaging lyrics. They have a familiar, classic feel, yet are refreshingly new. Think of it like you poured yourself a drink and dusted off an old 45 to find a lost record nobody has heard before. Led by singer/songwriter Korey Dane, this six-piece band also includes the charming voice of Tess Shapiro, Alex Medina, John Garbutt, Tyler Juarez, and David Beltran. Korey and Tess are both great vocalists who combine so naturally that it’s hard to ignore their obvious chemistry. Korey also has a real knack for songwriting, reminiscent of some artists who wouldn’t be fair to mention because he could give them a run for their money. Last year they independently released the album For the Kite Flyers and have been steadily gaining a following. We contacted Korey to ask him a few questions and he was happy to answer them. Among other topics we discussed their music, what’s in store for the future, and he recommended some cool things to listen, watch, and read.
Q: Korey, how long have you been making music and what influenced you to pick up a guitar for the first time, then eventually start a band?
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