|Tags:||rock en espanol rock rock mexicano latin spanish rock en español mexico mexican caifanes|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Comprising core members Saúl Hernández (vocals), Alejandro Marcovich (guitar) and Alfonso André (drums), the Caifanes formed in Mexico City, Mexico, in the mid-80s. They have subsequently grown to epitomize the vibrancy of the Rock en Espanol movement, which has pockets throughout South America as well as Spain and the USA. Combining dark, pagan imagery more readily associated with death metal bands, the Caifanes combine this with lustrous, psychedelic art rock. Frequently compared to the UKs Cure, the group first rose to prominence with a cover version of La Negra Tomasa. Typically, this was a native cumbia song thoroughly modernized by the group. The spiritual tone of the groups 1988 debut album addressed decay and death, establishing a precedent for the subsequent El Disablito and El Silencio. Both compressed the musical complexities of the debut to persuasive effect, the latter produced by Adrian Belew....