Locarno is the Latin project of Paperboys frontman Tom Landa. The music, like him, is part Mexican but with strong doses of Cuban Son, Folk Music, Pop and Funk. There are threads of Son Jarocho and Salsa, with the songs a little more edgy and contemporary than usual. The music could be compared to Manu Chao, Ozomatli or Rodrigo and Gabriela but, although there are similarities, it is truly original and a new flavour in the Latin music genre.
Tom was born and raised in Mexico City to a Mexican father and a Canadian mother. He moved to Ontario during his teenage years where he put behind his Mexican musical roots in favour of the new sounds that surrounded his new environment. Records by The Smiths, Tracy Chapman and Spirit of The West dominated his turntable and cassette player, until a record by Los Lobos, a Mexican-American band, brought him 'back home'. La Pistola y El Corazon was a recording where Los Lobos played a variety of Mexican musical idioms including Son Jarocho which had a huge impact on Tom. From that moment on, Landa rediscovered his musical roots and began his musical quest to not only learn more about this music, but also write and arrange songs in this genre.
For the past few years Tom has been writing and recording the material for his project Locarno. His goal is to create music which is heavily influenced by Mexican music but using the elements and musicians around him in his hometown of Vancouver.
Locarno’s debut recording, Una Mas Y Ya Nos Vamos (tr. One More and We’re Gone) was released in June 2011. It is receiving a great from fans and already reviewers agree that indeed Locarno is “adding exciting new flavours and blends to Latin music.”