. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – La Ley – In Concert in Mexico City – July 17, 2014 – Terra Live
Continuing our World Roundup of Rock Without Borders with two-time Latin Grammy Winners La Ley from Chile. Far from being obscure, La Ley have been huge successes all over Latin America and Europe. I first heard them two years ago via the Primavera Festival in Barcelona, and the crowd was suitably enthusiastic. They’ve appeared on MTV’s Unplugged series and have been making inroads with the other-than-Spanish-speaking audience of late.
They are also no overnight sensations – having been together since 1987 with a few personnel changes. Their first album, released in 1989 didn’t sell at all, but it was their second album (which has been considered their first Official album) established La Ley as a band to watch, particularly in their native Chile, while also grabbing a fan base in Mexico and Argentina. With the tragic death of their original lead guitarist, the band regrouped and in 1995 scored their first big international success.
The band eventually went their separate ways in 2005, but in 2013 a reunion happened and they’ve been back on track since.
Tonight’s concert, recorded in Mexico City is from the reunion period, just last year.
Judging from the reviews and audience reactions, it’s likely La Ley will stay together for a while. If you aren’t familiar with La Ley, you really owe it to yourself to check out what is becoming a very vibrant and essential scene just south of the border. As I said last night when I ran Café Tacvba, there’s a whole world of music with a vast spectrum of styles and genres we seldom hear. But it represents an enormous population and a musically enriching experience. Don’t sell yourself short. You might miss out on some great music interpreted by some phenomenal artists.
And that’s what it’s all about.
Play loud and forget the language barrier – there isn’t one.