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Avant-garde seven-piece outfit from Mexico comparable to HENRY COW. Their albums are a highly spirited blend of RIO, jazz fusion, improvised progressive rock, ethnic and ZAPPA influences. The instruments used include guitars, drums, marimbas, bass, keyboards and sax/clarinet as well as some violin, viola and flute provided by guest musicians. This music is incredibly complex and will seem totally indigestible to symphonic prog lovers. However, if you fancy the idea of Frank ZAPPA meeting MIRIODOR over lunch while a Mariachi band plays in the background, you'll have a field day with the crazy jamming of BANDA ELÁSTICA.

Their six albums, released between 1985 and 2003, all share that jumpy RIO unpredictability but with lots of brass instruments that give their sound a typical Mexican flavour (try to imagine a Latin version of MANEIGE). No one album really stands out as the band's musical direction has remained the same from the start. Perhaps their latest release, "Ai Tencargo" (2003), best embodies their repertoire, covering lots of territory and boasting the better production.

Highly recommended for fans of MIRIODOR, STORMY SIX, UNIVERS ZERO, ÉTRON FOU LELOUBLAN, Frank ZAPPA, and of course HENRY COW.

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3.14 | 8 ratings
Banda Elastica
1985
4.08 | 13 ratings
Banda Elastica 2
1986
3.33 | 5 ratings
Los Awakates De Nepantla
1994
3.79 | 5 ratings
Maquizcoalt
1996
2.40 | 5 ratings
Catalogo De Tiraderos
1997
3.94 | 6 ratings
Ai Tencargo
2003

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2013

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 Banda Elastica 2 by BANDA ELÁSTICA album cover Studio Album, 1986
4.08 | 13 ratings

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Banda Elastica 2
Banda Elástica RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars The second album of the Mexicans would see them welcome the digital/CD period.Simply entitled ''2'', Banda Elastica's sophomore effort was co-released by Discos Tiradero (propably the band's own label) and Disco Pueblo in 1989.Among the tracks of the album there are few that date back from the band's debut sessions with Lucio Sanchez on bass, who by 1989 had left the group.His replacement was Zozimo Hernandez along with flutist/sax player Guillermo Portillo.

Forget about the instant jazzy Prog Rock of the band's debut, ''2'' is a much more experimental album with Banda Elastica exploring the pre-hispanic Folk fundamentals and the Chamber Music surroundings, coming up with a very complex album full of bizzare textures, which still maintain some great charm.Acoustic guitars, flutes and percussion have become leading instruments and are blended with contemporary instruments like bass, contrabass and saxes.The more archaic style of the band is quite attractive but very hard sounding, the more jazzy tunes come quite easier with some smooth interplays, which range from folky instrumentals to delicate and more proggy attempts with saxes, synths and a competent rhythm section in the forefront.The last part of the album sees Banda Elastica somewhat returning to a more Prog Rock style.Bass and drums have become solid entries in the music and the sound is enriched by some tremedous work on acoustic and electric guitars, very dreamy saxes and flutes, while the role of Rosino Seranno is more prominent with strong synthesizer runs along the way in a very Fusion-esque enviroment.

Skillful musicians, tight bandmates and great music explorers.''2'' is still a very complicated album for the average listener, but it certainly deserves some listening attempts by anyone who want to be characterized as a fan of adventurous music.Recommended.

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 Banda Elastica by BANDA ELÁSTICA album cover Studio Album, 1985
3.14 | 8 ratings

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Banda Elastica
Banda Elástica RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Banda Elastica were definitely among the most legendary names in the Jazz/Fusion/RIO field coming from Mexico, found in 1983 in Ciudad de México and led by keyboardist Rosino Serrano, guitarist Guillermo Gonzalez, bassist Lucio Sanchez, wind instrumentalist Jose Luis Romero, while the group featured also two drummers and percussionists, José Navarro and Rodolfo Nava.They debuted in 1986 with a private self-titled LP.

This was denitely a very daring album regarding its year of release and today ''Banda Elastica'' sounds still fresh and captivating.It is a nice mixture of complicated Jazz/RIO music, featuring plenty of sax and clarinet passages, with Latin-American Folk and more proggy moments, usually highlighted by the nervous keyboards of Serrano.The compositions sound tight, innovative and really challenging, containing countless of interplays and breaks, making the whole listening quite difficult at moments but still enjoyable.The music is strongly based in Jazz/Fusion with very technical performances and a very rich sound, but the band blended it with some nice Latin-American traditional tunes, either coming out of the acoustic guitars and flutes or the somber violin parts and the marimba sounds, which are all over the place.Even better Banda Elastica were lucky enough to have a talented keyboardist and Serrano appears every now and then with some fiery synthesizers, jazzy piano paces and 70's-sounding organs to add the album a very proggy taste, ''Infrasapienz'' even sounds symphonic at moments.Just a couple of short uninteresting instrumental tracks sound like fillers in ''Banda Elastica'', hurting the album's consistency, however the rest of it is pretty outstanding for the most of its length.

Adventurous and complex Jazz/Fusion/Prog of very high musical level and significant value.Strongly recommended to fans who starve for endless interplays and changing moods...3.5 stars.

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 Banda Elastica 2 by BANDA ELÁSTICA album cover Studio Album, 1986
4.08 | 13 ratings

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Banda Elastica 2
Banda Elástica RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by hdfisch
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5 stars A MUST-HAVE NOT ONLY FOR FANS OF AVANT-PROG BUT FOR ANY LOVER OF EXCELLENT AND UNIQUE MUSIC!

I'm admittedly no fan of, let alone an expert for RIO or Avant-Prog but this album here contains exactly the right food for my ears which are used to a wide range of sounds I can say despite all humility. The spare sources in the net with informations about this exceptional Mexican band and their biography here are saying that their music has similarities to the one of HENRY COW. I tried to enjoy already as well H.C. some time ago but found them quite hard to digest compared to B.E. I've to say. They might have been used as a reference since they were one of the few bands that were using wind instruments in such kind of jazz-fusion/RIO blend. Anyway in a sub-genre like RIO/Avant-Prog gathering bands whose main features are uniqueness and polarisation it's supposed to be quite difficult to draw any comparisons. Of course enjoyment of music and taste preference always has to be a very personal thing and thus perception of a certain kind of music can differ a lot between people. So if anyone would ask me how B.E. sounds alike and which band they could be compared with I frankly could not tell any. I just can speak for myself in saying that usually I'm not a great fan of extreme oddity and dissonance but I recently started to enjoy more and more unique and adventurous artists like FRENCH TV, TAAL or HÖYRY-KONE. This doesn't mean that B.E. is sounding similar to any of them but all of those bands might have in common that their music was able to appeal to me right from the very first listen which is not really a typical feature for that sub-genre.

So let me try to describe how B.E.'s music sounds here on this masterly record. In some way it's a perfect blend of jazz fusion, chamber rock and ethnic influences with some odd RIO/Avant elements added in a good measure. This album is able to hold my attention right from the first note until its very end without becoming enervating or indigestive at any moment which doesn't happen very often to me actually. This fact alone is already a very good reason for me to rate it with the full score. Second striking evidence is the incredible broad range of instruments they are using, starting from typical folk-type ones like acoustic guitar, percussion, marimbas or flute, over jazz-type ones like sax, clarinet, contrabass up to synthesizer sounds adding sometimes even a kind of alien and out-of-space atmosphere with strange tunes that resemble tortured cats or something like that. Strangest but still fully enjoyable track might be "Cine Negro" revealing lots of experimental sounds but as well wonderful flute play. Most of the others could be described as some adventurous Spanish/Latin American flavoured jazz-fusion. "Alto a la Caceria" shows the highest proportion of synthesizer keyboards and might be the least experimental one apart from the last one, which is plain Latin Jazz.

For sure B.E.'s second album is an exceptional and highly versatile one that should appeal to anyone preferring music that is different from anything else and fully enjoyable at the same time. Highly recommended and fully deserved 5 stars!

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 Los Awakates De Nepantla by BANDA ELÁSTICA album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.33 | 5 ratings

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Los Awakates De Nepantla
Banda Elástica RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Banda Elastica is another worth band from Mexico, again i`d like to let them know and promote , this time in Banda Elastica you will find a complex RIO Avant Garde band, which is still alive fortunately. I had the luck of see them in concert one month ago, it was a short but nice concert, it was new for me because i hadnt seen an Avant Garde band like this before, i was amazed by the sound and musicians quality, it was great.

I also want to say that for me this isn`t their best album, at least i prefer other 2 more than this, so this is just a caution or introduction about this album and this review .

First of all (and the less important thing) i have to say that the cover art is awful, something like clows playing music and also the titles and colours are horrible; well if you dont know, Banda Elastica is a band which dont use vocals, only instrumental.

"Tambora" this album start with that song which is something like an introduction, less than a minute, you maybe will imagine like if you are in a circus or something like that. Next to it you will find a pack of 6 short songs called "Micropiezas", which in english means Little Pieces, all of them have it`s own name, but all toghether form only one song, nothing new, nothign to get excited of proud of, so many short songs the most of them are less than 1 minute. "Suite Regresiva" is an excellent song, for sure one of the best songs here, where you can appreciate the quality of the sound and musicianship, a thing that i enjoy a lot is the use of percussion, it gives ita nice and better sound , this song is divided in 4 pieces, and it`s the largest song in the album, also you will appreciate how they "play" with time signatures.

"Presentacion" (introduction) as the title say is another mid intro, horrible IMO becaus is only the sound of a host introducing something or someone. "Galeria de Pelafustanes" is the part of tha album that i enjoy the most, it is another pack of 3 songs with names of people, i like them a lot, elegant songs, with an exquisite guitar sound, and a superb sax dirung the songs, each one has a lenght of 3 minutes aprox, but very nice.

"Insomnio" is another great song, with a bit changes in the time and tempo, but nothing new to show us. I wont review the last songs, and maybe you`ll say im too lazy, but honestly all of them are quite similar, so i think i have nothing more to contribute to this review. You will find some influence of Univers Zero (not because of the dark sound) and maybe Gong.

As i said above, this is not my favorite Banda Elastica`s album, and i dont like it so so much, anyway i dont think it`s a bad album, so i recommend it only to people who already know the band, or who only wish to dig them more.

For me 3 stars, good but non-essential.

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 Maquizcoalt by BANDA ELÁSTICA album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.79 | 5 ratings

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Maquizcoalt
Banda Elástica RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Rainer Rein

4 stars All the records of this Mexican interesting band Banda Elastica are very different. And the name of this record is M a q u i z c o a t l, not Maquizcoalt (seems to be one of very many ancient aezthec gods - am I right?) as that's written here in the "archives". Well - again I am the first reviewer... This effort's difference from the other albums of BE may be real talking with these ancient times. We can listen quite lot of very old "shamanistic" percussion instruments here mixtured with some electric guitars and basses. Because of soundspectrum of this record there are relationships with the music of another great Mexican "flavourer" of very old percussion instruments and some electronics Jorge Reyes. My faves on this wonderful record seem to be Nepanolli, Espejismo and Tzinacanoztoc because of fantastic addition of electric guitar "carpet" by Guillermo Conzalez. Very worth to listen!

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 Ai Tencargo by BANDA ELÁSTICA album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.94 | 6 ratings

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Ai Tencargo
Banda Elástica RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars This is the last album from this excellent mexican band, as the same style of their other albums, this is a very RIO influenced album, here we can find anything from Henry Cow to Gong, well obviously i try to say that is on the same way, but not the same sound, Banda Elastica is one of the best mexican bands ive ever heard, this album is full of complexity and great musical arrangements, their rythm section is beautiful too, i think they put a lot of effort to this album, i dont know if this is the last, i hope dont, because i believe that this kind of bands here in Mexico are great to the progressive movement in my country, well, talking about the album, pay attention to songs like "Modelo a Seguir", in english A Model to Build, is aan excellent open song, and another excellent song in my opinion is Balada One, we can find in this album also instruments like Tabla or beautiful Sax, a really great suggestion!

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 Banda Elastica by BANDA ELÁSTICA album cover Studio Album, 1985
3.14 | 8 ratings

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Banda Elastica
Banda Elástica RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Rainer Rein

3 stars I got this LP yesterday. So - this is the first effort of BE and is maybe too "plane- sounding" compared to their following recordings. But the music is quite interesting having some similarities with first albums of brazilian RIO-ish jazzrock combo Raiz de Pedra. And two tracks (surprise to me) have vocals - weird and rock'n'rollish and in Spanish but that's quite funny. My personal fave is the last and the longest instrumental composition Quepocalipsis with adventurous developments and hot brass + marimbas of course. Very promising album. In my oppinion the following items of BE are even more adventurous and the quality of soundspectrum on these has noticeably got better. 3,5 stars really!

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 Ai Tencargo by BANDA ELÁSTICA album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.94 | 6 ratings

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Ai Tencargo
Banda Elástica RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Rainer Rein

4 stars This record is quite different from the other items of BE because all the compositions are written specially for the band by... different mexican modern contemporary music composers - there is not any music written by band members! I have listened altogether four albums from six of BE and this one may be IMO the most interesting among them. When the other records of BE have bit questionable moments in some themes, this one seems almost perfect. Compositions are quite longish (with hints to pre-columbian music sometimes) to go along with and the spectrum of sounds is awesome - marimbas, percussions, saxes, flutes in addition to rhythm section. Almost masterpiece - 4,5 stars really!!!

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 Los Awakates De Nepantla by BANDA ELÁSTICA album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.33 | 5 ratings

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Los Awakates De Nepantla
Banda Elástica RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Rainer Rein

4 stars Banda Elastica is an elegant band from Mexico. In my opinion music has no styles but in somebody's opinion BE's style may be RIO-ish jazzrockfusion with little latin touches. Los Awakates De Nepantla is BE's third effort and dedicated to memory of Frank Zappa who unfortunately passed away on December 1993. The spectrum of sounds of BE containes in addition to guitar-bass-keys-drums yet saxes, flutes, trombones, percussion and the most important of course - marimbas! All those instruments give to BE's music valuable colourfulness. My personal faves are longer themes because one- minute-tracks may be a bit short to familiarize with that so quickly... All in all - joyful, humourous and fiery music with Zappa-relationship!!

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