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Fayuca to show a piece of its ‘barrio’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sometimes things don’t go as planned, but you roll with the punches. Just ask Gabriel Solorzano.

“We were ready to release our album in November but we hit some bumps in the road,” Solorzano says. “But we’ve got a date in May set up for the release and it couldn’t be better. But now the wait begins.”

Solorzano, who is the vocalist for Arizona-based reggae and Latin band Fayuca, says while the album isn’t out until May, the band will continue to go out and tour in support of the album.

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“What we’ve been doing for the past couple months is playing some of the new music,” he explains. “This gives our fans some time to digest the music and we’re only giving a sampling and that makes them want more.”

Solorzano, along with other members Jared Dieckhoff and Rafael Ruiz, worked for the past seven months on the new album, “Barrio Sideshow.” The album was produced by Ralph Patlan, who also has worked with Megadeth and Jamie Foxx.

“For this album, I think we’ve grown a lot as musicians,” he says. “We are known as a band who draws from various influences and I think we keep that up. We also have a lot of Latin flair on this album.”


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Solorzano says the band’s influences stem from the universal Latin, ska and reggae scene that emerged in the mid- to late ’90s. Bands such as RX Bandits, Caifanes, Panteon Rococo, Manu Chao, Voodoo Glow Skulls and Authority Zero influenced the band.

Solorzano says Fayuca has had the opportunity to tour with the likes of Authority Zero, Fishbone, Groupo Fantasma, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, HR of Bad Brains, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, 311, Nas and The Dirty Heads.

“We’ve been fortunate to have the support of other established acts,” he says. “We’ve been doing this since 2005 and each time we head out on tour, we have a better following. Sure, we tour during holidays and such, but it’s all to get out our music.”

Solorzano says when naming the album “Barrio Sideshow” the band wanted to let the fans know where they are coming from.

“Where were grew up, if you didn’t perform a certain type of music, you were always left out,” he says. “We exemplify that. We were different and people didn’t know where to put us. In our barrio, we were the sideshow. Plus, we were inspired by the artwork for the album. It just fit who we are and what we stand for.”