HomeChévereIn "Pequeños Romances" Bacilos returns to the 90s

In “Pequeños Romances” Bacilos returns to the 90s

The Colombian Jorge Villamizar and the Brazilian André Lópes remain in the band.

In their most recent album, Bacilos set out to return to their roots, both in composition and instrumentation.

Most of the songs were composed by Jorge Villamizar, one of the halves of Bacilos, in the last two or three years. It follows the style of his singer-songwriter albums from the 1990s.

“They come from a challenge of writing again alone,” he told the AP. “Group composition has prevailed and group composition is very interesting and generates very fun things… But sometimes it lacks depth,” she continued from Miami. “That was originally the idea: to make individual songs that come from a deeper place.”

The other part was execution. To maintain that personal side of the songs, they recorded in blocks, with all the musicians playing in person at the Criteria studio. They were accompanied by Cuban musicians living in Miami with whom they usually go on tour.

“We started working on the songs in the pre-production process, just playing them. We tested ideas, like Bacilos did in the beginning, in the 90s,” explained André Lópes, the other half of the team.

“We all recorded and it really sounds very natural, very organic, very true, very much like a live band. That is also the idea so that we can take these songs live and they will sound something very similar to how it sounds on the album,” he added.

The songs

One of his singles is “Vines” about a failed relationship, with no real cause for its failure, they recorded it in a new version. “Use the metaphor of a relationship that grows around you, like a vine, that is not so rigid, it is not easy to get rid of it,” Villamizar said.

Two of the songs come from Villamizar's self-titled solo album. “Creeper” is one of them, “little romances” is the other. They took it from Villamizar's album and in it they say that romances have an expiration date. Despite this, she is also dedicated to more ambiguous romances such as affection for a city or a song.

“I marry you” arose from their work on an album by Mexican León Leiden, when they met a serenade and trio musician in Monterrey. He taught them to play huapango. It is also inspired by the Mexican roots music of Natalia Lafourcade.

“It's a totally visceral story when you realize that you need a person and that you are willing to commit the madness of even getting married,” said Villamizar.

“My psychologist's notes” was created in Buenos Aires with Sandro Puente. Originally they made it as a vallenato, later Sandro made it more Argentine. In the end she was closer to the cumbia of the 1970s.

“Last night” mentions bad experiences with tequila. “Sometimes it makes you tell the truth and that's important.” Another of the Mexican aspects of the album is the art of its cover, made in Tijuana.

A Little History

Bacilos was founded in Miami in 1997 by Villamizar, who is Colombian, Lópes who is Brazilian, and Puerto Rican José Javier “JJ” Freire. They released their first album in 1999 and stayed together until 2007. Then came a decade-long break. They resumed their activity in 2017, although Freire retired from the project in 2021. They have been awarded two Latin Grammys.

“We feel very lucky, very happy, our fans have been very affectionate with us. They have given us not only one opportunity, but two opportunities,” commented Lópes. “They continue to accompany us, listening to our music through platforms, dancing to our songs at parties, weddings, divorces. They fill us with energy to continue doing what we love to do.”

According to Villamizar, “Bacilos is a Latin American band. “We feel comfortable in all the cities where our people are.”

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