LA SECTA ALLSTAR
La Secta AllStar is the most successful rock band in the history of Puerto Rico. Among some of their recognitions, winner of Premio Lo Nuestro, Album of the Year, Rock (2010) “Fuego”, Billboard, Best Spanish Rock Album (2006), Grammy (Best Album Rock/Alternative 2006), three Premio Lo Nuestro nominations (Best Artist Rock, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song 2006 and 2010), Premio Juventud (Favorite Rock Artist 2006 and 2010) and obtained PLATINO Latin (RIAA) certification for “Consejo” album sales in 2005.
La Secta AllStar begins in 1991 (Florida), uniting Mark Kilpatrick (bassist), Gustavo Laureano (vocals), John Lengel (drums) and Carlos Figueroa (guitars). Mikey Genao (guitars) would later join the band in 2004. For more than seven years in almost complete public obscurity, the members started composing rock songs in spanish, performing them late at night in Miami’s club scene for little or no pay. Not withstanding, the band never gave up. In this environment, the band would record their first album in New York City titled “Aniquila” and it’s debut in Puerto Rico was crowned by two radio hits: “Se Acabo” y “Bombón de Azúcar” which was also recorded by Ricky Martin.
For the next year and a half, after the band had relocated to Puerto Rico, La Secta presented record labels with their new single “Dame Lo Que Quieras” (ASCAP award) but none demonstrated any interest. For this reason, the band becomes independent once again, recording and distributing their own album. On april 24, 2001, La Secta (adding “AllStar: officially to their name) released their second production titled “AllStar”. Four days later, the album reached the #1 sales position in Puerto Rico. Based on airplay and record sales, La Secta AllStar, would chart ten weeks in the Billboard Latin Top 50. On january 12, 2002 La Secta AllStar would present it’s first stadium show at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum (8,000 capacity) to a sold out audience.
La Secta AllStar would release their next album titled “Tunel” on july 23, 2003 (Premios tu Música, winner Best Rock Production) also debuting in the #1 sales position in Puerto Rico. This release would include even more radio hits, among them “Solo Quiero Darte Amor”, “Como No”, “Pecar Por Ti (#1)” y “Hey Corazón (#1)”. From the release of this album, La Secta AllStar would present itself in three additional concerts in the Roberto Clemente Coliseum.
With their next album “Consejo” released in 2005, La Secta AllStar acheived it’s first latin platinum certification for sales in the U.S. backed by the international hit “La Locura Automática” (#1 en Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia, Perú, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Panamá, Costa Rica, Honduras, Salvador and Nicaragua). On November 2005, the group would completely sell out the new Puerto Rico Coliseum (16,000 capacity).
Their latest album production (2008) titled “Fuego” winner of Premio Lo Nuestro, Album of the year, Rock (2010), included many radio hits, among them: “Déjalos Que Hablen”, “”No Puedes Parar” y “Fuego”. The band also received the nomination for Premio Juventud (Favorite Artist, Rock 2010).
In 2012, La Secta AllStar released their new hit single “Dulce” from their upcoming album to be released in fall of this year.