After being listed as one of the best albums of the year by the Latin press in several countries and widely considered to be Porters’s best album to date, Moctezuma, the third album of the band from Guadalajara, Mexico, continues to receive recognition; most recently, the album has been nominated for 2 Latin Grammys for Best Alternative Album and Best Short Form Music Video for their video “Huitzil.”
One of the best and most interesting bands from Mexico’s indie scene, Porter returned after a 4 years hiatus with a new singer and a powerful new album, awarded Album of the Year by the IMAS Awards (Indie O Music Awards). The group traditionally has been characterized as conceptual, not only musically but also visually. Their music has been influenced by different musical genres ranging from Noise Pop, Post-Rock, Indie Electronic, Pop and even film soundtracks.
Moctezuma was produced by Hector Castillo and Didi Gutman (from the band Brazilian Girls) who successfully managed to connect with their most loyal and new followers in a journey through the roots of pre-Hispanic Mexico. The album is inspired by several anecdotes related to the group’s home country, their civilization, conquest and cultural exchange events. Songs like “Murcielago” and “Palapa” feature the great creative balance between the band’s experimental rock and the fine nuances of the nation’s past.
The Grammy nominated video for the album’s third single, “Huitzil” was directed by Jorge G. Camerena and produced by Unlimited Films. The video tells the story of the conquest through a modern perspective, describing a present day society that is not conquered by Spaniards, but by different contemporary entities such as corporations, politicians, the media, and other like institutions that suppress individual identities. The video begins with a persecution that acts as a mediating conductor to this altered conquest by an ironic passage which is a parallel to the unfolding central theme: by our own will. The video also incorporates dances to represent layers of our subconscious as well as a metaphor for mother earth falling into mourning.
Porter, in their homeland, is considered one the most outstanding and influential bands in the last decade. Highlights include presentations at the international Coachella Festival, and numerous performances in front of the Vive Latino Fest audiences of up to 70,000 people.
The band’s current lineup consists of David Velasco (vocals), Diego Bacter (bass, synths and sequences), Fernando de la Huerta (guitar), Victor Valverde (guitar and keyboards) and Juan Pablo Vazquez (drums and pads). They will be in attendance at the 16th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards which will be televised live on November 19th by the Univision Network (8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central) from the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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