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SOMOS IGUALES

by POCHIMEX

With energetic sounds from the southern border "POCHIMEX" will bring you joy and with heart-felt social conscious lyrics "Somos Iguales" is a must have for all latinos worldwide.
Genre: Latin: Tejano
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1. Que Bonito Sueño
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2. Pobre Juan
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3. Somos Iguales
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4. M.E.X.I.C.O.
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5. Mujer Mexicana
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6. Otra Historia
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7. Por Que Deje A Mexico?
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8. Soy Pocho
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9. El Valiente
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10. Soy Tejano Y Mexicano
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
POCHIMEX
Somos Iguales
Biography

PoChiMex’s members are young but seasoned guys who’ve been playing with San Antonio-area bands, including the best of the best, since they were in their teens. In 2005 they got together and began gigging frequently across South Texas, specializing in crowd-pleasing cumbias and rancheras.

Soon they headed into the studios to record a CD – the kind of album that dream teams often put together – one where they trade licks, show off a little bit, and make sure there’s some radio-friendly hits. But then they stepped back and realized they had something more in them. Why play it safe and follow the mold when the band’s very name (Pocho/Chicano/Mexicano, with pocho a not-too-polite Spanish term for Mexican-American) suggests a concept rooted in bicultural reality?

So they took the bold step of scrapping that already-completed album in favor of one that communicates what life, PoChiMex style, really is. After all, legendary Tejano artists such as The Royal Jesters and Little Joe had made a name for themselves by addressing social issues. PoChiMex realized it was time to reclaim that tradition in La Onda, a tradition that has been set aside for too long.

And so the concept for PoChiMex’s debut album Somos Iguales was born. The band approached noted San Antonio songwriter and producer Arturo Hernández. He’d already penned, with Frank Villarreal, Jr., the socially conscious “Pobre Juan,” a song about the punishing toll of migrants’ physical labor. PoChiMex wasted no time in recording the song, and asked Hernández to write some more material for the project.

As it turns out, his songs were so good, and the concept so strong, that all the songs on Somos Iguales ended up being from Hernández.

Other standouts include “Qué Bonito Sueño,” a cumbia that imagines what Mexico (a country with 10 billionaires, including the world’s third-richest person) would be like if all of its people had a chance to share in the country’s vast wealth. “Por Qué Dejé a México?” is a wistful, rhythmic ballad about an immigrant who wishes he could return to the unhurried life of his youth. And “Otra Historia” is an unapologetic corrido about cross-border family-reunification, Vato Loco-style. All in all, an impressive and very out-of-the-ordinary debut album from these five talented guys.

So here’s PoChiMex, debuting with a concept album. It’s one of the boldest moves that La Onda has seen in a long time. But even though they’re going out on a limb, PoChiMex realizes that they’re tapping into things that their fans and their community have been talking about for a long time. And of course, PoChiMex is doing it with all the enthusiasm, verve, and musical excellence they’ve shown throughout their career.

PoChiMex is: Roy Balderas, lead vocals and sax; Pete Bustamante, guitar, bajo quinto and harmony vocals; Joey Sánchez, drums and percussion; Guillermo Rodríguez, electric bass and backing vocals; Gabriel Gil, keyboards and accordion.

Douglas Shannon


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Arby

Truly amazing band!! something out of the ordinary..
It's what the tejanos have been waiting for...a wake up call. Their music is undoubtfully the BEST I have heard in quite awhile!!

Martin Martinez, Mexican American Cultural Center

Wow! Original and relevant, a great CD!
There are three things that make this a great CD. First the fact that all the songs are originals. Too many bands record songs that have been recorded many, many times; "Somos Iguales" not only is entirely original, but the composer, Art Hernandez, follows a theme that speaks about Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in society today. Secondly, Pochimex is not afraid to break the mold concerning what is "Tejano" or "Tex-Mex" music today. They are all great musicians who are creating music not just recording an album, they are setting a new standard. Thirdly, the entire CD is entirely relevant to the Mexican-American experience in the US, this social consciousness is rare in a song, much less a whole CD! Music with a message. Pochimex has tapped into an area that hopefully other bands will not be afraid to explore. This is definitely music that will be difficult to classify. Let's call it Pochimex Music!

Cateyes

Awesome! Loved all the songs on the CD!
I enjoyed listening to all the songs. The band does an outstanding job not just with the vocals, but with the music as well. I can't wait for their next CD to come out!