If the emergence of new alternative bands can tell us anything, it is that punk is not dead. Whether through the continuous influence of traditional groups or the experimental infusions of ensembles that split the genre, this sound wants to prevail in the Guayaquil scene.
Proof of that is the popup grouping Zaruma Alley that seeks to personify local punk rock since 2018. And to prove it, this band made up of four friends who met in high school, will offer a concert this Saturday, August 6, 2022 in a ‘secret spot’ in Urdesa Central (they will meet the location when you reserve your ticket at 098-899-4707).
This show, which is like a big party among panas since it also celebrates the birthday of the group’s vocalist, known as jack paulwill also feature the presentations of other referents, such as LA Bomb and Telemaco, from Quitoas well as a special set by DJ Bigdoom.
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The musical proposal of Callejón Zaruma
The name refers to the meeting point of these musician friends who met in high school, when “they rehearsed in an old studio in Guayaquil, called Zarumaand that it was located in an alley in the city”, explain the rockers in a press release.
According to its vocalist Jack Paul, who is also its lead guitarist, Callejón Zaruma is “a rock, punk, grunge, youthful and wild band that tries to express to the world what they think and what they feel and a lot of other things. ”, he expresses in an interview with this medium.
The other members are Bryan Eleven (lead guitar and backing vocals), Arthur Orange (bass and backing vocals) and Fabrizio Carriel (drums). They are all between 21 and 24 years old.
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“I think the most important thing for us is sincerity and transparency. We sing to what we feel, which can sometimes be social, it can be political, it can be just emotional or personal. We have 12 songs, where we talk about everything a little bit. We want to deliver an organic message to listeners, being the channels of what they need to express”, complements the singer.
What are the messages with which Callejón Zaruma identifies? Inequality, everything that is against human progress and that violates their freedoms, such as the right to decide on their bodies, corruption, and other issues that make this “an outdated society, with patterns that must be broken.” and somehow we try to convey it in what we are singing”.
In fact, Callejón Zaruma is preparing new songs. One of them is called Adolescence. “It’s a song I wrote when I was about 15 years old, I found it and I worked on it with the band. We all connect and feel super identified with that, because it is a stage that happens to all of us”, says Jack Paul, also anticipating that they plan to release their first EP soon, with the collaboration of Manuco Carvajal, from AtrakoRec (Atrako Records) and Tony Cepeda.
“Toño Cepeda is one of the Ecuadorian producers that I consider to be a fundamental piece in independent music, he was the vocalist of a band called Biorn Borg and he has a very long musical career in Ecuador,” the musicians emphasize.
Making rock in the boom of the urban genre
No one is oblivious to the reign that urban music has over the music industry and Callejón Zaruma does. “I think there is nothing more urban than rock today,” says Jack Paul. “And to do that you need a lot of attitude. It implies having the courage to be doing something that sometimes you know cannot enter certain markets, it entails a transgression. And there is nothing more urban than that.”
In contrast to urban rhythms, some often say that rock is dying, but in the words of the members of Callejón Zaruma, rock is rather mutating. “It’s changing, it’s always evolving and it’s actually evolved, because it’s not the genre it was in the ’80s, ’90s. But the concept is still there and youth are still connecting.”
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One of those changes, says Jack Paul, is that there is no longer a rocker who only listens to rock. “I listen to everything and we dance to everything too”. Jazz, ska, funk, heavy metal and even electronic music are the genres they enjoy. And, who knows, we will even see them mix, if they so decide, in their future compositions.