By Araceli Cruz for NBC's NonStop Sound
Contramano, the bilingual alt-pop band, which is now based in Brooklyn, kicks off Salon Hecho’s Thursday night live music series.
Reminiscent of the sound of Ra Ra Riot and the Cure, Contramano, who have been around for almost ten years (give and take some lineup changes), will release their fourth full-length album ContraAtaca this year. In their current formulation, Contramano is led by vocalist (and classically trained cellist) Pablo Cubarle from Argentina, along with Juandi Aguilar, from Peru, on drums and Jay Troop, from DC on bass, guitar, pianos, backing vocals.
Last summer, the band, whose performances often include background visuals and clips, released a narrative music/short quirky film When You Need Me featured during last summer’s HBO/International Latino Film Festival.
Cubarle says his techy film, which had minimal dialogue with a soundtrack entirely by the band, "explores the following themes in its 24 minutes: Love in the digital age, English as a second language, geeks versus hipsters, urban paranoia and the last gasps of Williamsburg irony."
We hope their performance at Salon Hecho includes a screening of the film, along with the soundtrack of course.
The free show is at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 5 at Salon Hecho, 356 Bowery