Is there room in the Latin music world for anything not Bachata these days? Well, there is of course. However, when a single musical genre is elevated and dominate the winds of change, many artists get caught up in it and often follow the popular trend. But for those artists who stay true to themselves, they endure. They are the true creatives. Such a band resides in New York City. They are Teoria Quintuple, owners of the Premios Latinos Fama Cancion Rock/Pop award in 2016.
They are as hot as that imaginery line that runs through their home country, Ecuador, where they are revered winning several awards such as the Premios Control. They are the label, the artists, and the song. People respond to their ability to express a romantic style supported by rock undertones that are the trimmings of their coat of diversity in the city that never sleeps. “We want to leave a mark in this industry but most of all we want everyone to respect the fact that every goal we accomplish hasn’t been handed to us, but came with hard work and dedication and respect to our community,” The Band conveyed.
During Hispanic Heritage Month in particular they are much more aware of their place in the Latino diaspora. “We feel a sense of pride and responsibility everytime we perform,” T.Q. explained, “It is important that we represent our culture the best way possible, letting our audiences know that we are New Yorkers and Latinos that represent our roots everywhere we go.” They have left such an impression that they were chosen to open for South American Band, “Vilma Palma e Vampiros” at La Boom in Woodside, New York this October 29th.
These five men, who refer to their self-defined brand of modern Ecuadorian music, which they fused into a new genre, as “Latin Power Pop” can be compared somewhat to American bands like Green Day and Bon Jovi but comparisons end there.
“What makes us different is most Latino Pop Music tends to be romantic, but ours is both that and aggressive at times.”
These players that bring that atmosphere to life are Pablo Cubillo and Irvin Vera on guitar, Miguel Vera on bass guitar and drummer Gustavo Cabezas setting the tempo.
This well-organized, very neat arrangement of vocals wrapped in pulsing riffs and heavy beats completed by the bow represented by their front man, Juan Carlos Lainez, is best displayed in their latest single “La Cuerda Floja” unique in look and feel. “If you listen to our songs you’ll notice lots of climaxes in our songs,” T.Q. explained,
“We use distortion together with a dramatic touch of our lead vocalist.”
You can feel the emotional content that defines this groups collective life journey. It’s laced throughout the material they present. By extension, it attracts fans who can identify with those moments of heartbreak and struggle. “That’s why our followers love us and we continue to grow because our lyrics are real and anyone who listens identifies themselves immediately to our songs,” T.Q pointed out.
In the end you can see singer and audience interwined in a bubble that transcends race but is yet a bi-product of the shared experience, a message sent and received and returned. “To sing what comes directly from our heart and to make our audience transport themselves to that moment, that’s when we become one. Us and them.” That is what Teoria Quintuple is all about.