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Mexico’s Award-Winning Critical Darlings Zoé Rock Out at Club Rio

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León Larregui (center) and his bandmates of two-time Latin Grammy winners Zoé


“I recorded the album in France with French musicians, which was perfect because I was looking for that Serge Gainsbourg vibe, and [Adanowsky] is a Gainsbourg expert,” said Larregui, who was listening to his own album when the Current called. “He understood this was a different thing from Zoé, and the nominations were the cherry on top of this adventure. It would be great to win.” (He has tough competition to deal with, especially coming from fellow Mexicans Café Tacvba and Natalia Lafourcade, and Argentina’s Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas.)

Finally, with the tour and solo album behind them,the band was ready to resume work on the album they had interrupted to record the Unplugged episode. In spite of its cover alluding to their usual interest in sacred geometry, alchemy and space themes, Prográmaton, released October 29, is the band’s most down-to-earth album.

“[Prográmaton] has a very existential tone but it’s also our most … terrestrial album,” Larregui said. “We talk about life and death but it’s more direct, not so many metaphors. I guess we’re more mature now…”

The new tour finds Zoé at their highest point and attracting new fans, but playing in San Antonio is sort of like a home away from home.

“[SA] is Mexico,” Larregui said. “[In SA] we feel the same as we do in Mexico, even though we’re perfectly aware we’re not in Mexico, you understand? We’ll be in a country [United States] where all the cities look the same: the same stores, the same gas stations, everything so impersonal. But the good thing about Texas is that the people you play for are all from Mexico and a lot of people come to see us from Mexico. It’s kind of weird.”

Zoé

$30
9pm Sun, Nov 17
Club Rio
3307 San Pedro (Hwy 281 N & Bitters)
(210) 403-2582
club-rio.net

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