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by Contramano

Self-Imposed exiled Argentine Indie Rock with Lyrics in English & Español. Unique blend of chamber pop and Latin influences fueled by punk energy. Electric cello, drums and bass.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Contramano CONTRAMANO
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2. 5d (the 5th Dimension) CONTRAMANO
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3. Checking U CONTRAMANO
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4. New York Face CONTRAMANO
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7. Pretending CONTRAMANO
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8. The Disposable Song CONTRAMANO
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9. Touch Your Goal CONTRAMANO
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10. I'm Crying For You Argentina CONTRAMANO
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11. No Renegues CONTRAMANO
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12. I Hope You Exist CONTRAMANO
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Self-Imposed exiled Argentine Indie Rock with Lyrics in Spanish and English.

Contramano, loosely translated, means against the flow. Contramano, the band, fulfill their namesake. Their music is like nothing you've heard before - edgy, urgent, with a refreshing cross-cultural mix. And Contramano is, on one level, a political band.
Their music addresses issues like government corruption and class discrepancies, which are likely unavoidable topics for an Argentine ex-pat. These days, Contramano's songs sound especially prescient as more and more comparisons are being made between the future of the U.S. and Argentina's recent past. Pablo Cubarle, the creative force behind the band, has seen that future and the message is in his music. Classically trained in the cello, Pablo crafts sometimes beautiful sometimes irreverent songs and his treatment of the electric cello is often more like the guitar, though he plays that too. And did I mention the bilingual lyrics? His identity as a transplanted New Yorker makes for rich artistic territory and Pablo mines it in a fresh way.
by Meridith Rohana

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Love your uniqueness. No offense to the accomplished, highly capable band, but when is Pablo going to get it, that we want more avante garde cello! I recieved your email and my CD successfully, thanks for being so professional! Wish you well!

Mish Mash

 Punk rock meets South America in this wonderfully unique release
Punk rock meets South America in this wonderfully unique release from this Argentinean trio, which features cello as one of the lead instruments. If that sounds quaint to you, then you'd be mistaken, because you've never heard a generally classical stringed instrument played quite like this. The guys in Contramano rip out their quirky rock tunes with a touch of hot sauce, layering aggressive guitar riffs over intricately placed strings and offbeat rhythms. Lead singer/guitarist/cellist Pablo Cubarle mixes up his English and Spanish vocals with such fluidity, sometimes you can't tell where one language begins and the other ends.

The band is most outstanding on the track Checking U, where their pop sensibilities shine through brilliantly. The song begins with a racing line from the cello, which gives way to a quick, catchy and rhythmically jerky little power pop song. It's a perfect blend of angst and creative songwriting, where all the band's strengths come together. This one is definitely going into the stack of favorites.

Melora Creager

It's excellent. There's a lot of spirit, the cello is strong and the accent is sexy!